Senior School Classes

Geography

We live in a dynamic world and geography is our key to unlocking it and marvelling at what it offers. We are able to understand just how our landscapes, indeed our earth, have been formed and better appreciate its magnificence.

Geography highlights the complexity of human interaction with its environment and the consequences which arise from the decisions we actively make.  Our globe is culturally diverse and the ways in which societies exist and interconnect is revealed through geographical study.

S1

In Geography, pupils will study Scotland, Globalisation, Climate Change and Agriculture as well as learning valuable geographical methods and techniques.  They will also visit a local dairy farm.

S2

In S2 Geography, pupils will study Water, Urban areas and settlement, Coastlines and will work towards and complete the Discovery level of the John Muir Award. They will conduct fieldwork in Glen Esk.

National 5

The course is divided into three units and will be studied over S3 and S4.

Geography: Physical Environments Unit: This unit has a British Isles context and studies two landscape types (glaciated and coastal landscapes) as well as Weather and Climate.

Geography: Human Environments Unit: This unit has a wider context and studies detailed examples from economically more and less developed countries (e.g. development, population, urban areas, rural change, farming).

Geography: Global Issues Unit: This unit allows the learner to use numerical and graphical information in the context of a global geographical issue and draw on this knowledge and understanding to give detailed explanations about two global issues; Environmental Hazards and Health

Assessment: Pupils need to achieve passes in the internal assessment of all three units stated above. The external assessment will involve an assignment (20 marks) and a question paper (60 marks) and will provide all assessment material for the added value unit of the course. There are three sections to the external question paper.

Field work: Pupils will have the opportunity to study an urban settlement (Glasgow), rural settlement and coastal study (Stonehaven) and conduct a river and glaciation study in Glen Clova.

Higher
During the Course in Higher Geography emphasis is placed on the provision of geographical experiences which lead candidates to an understanding of concepts, key ideas and relevant terminology. These experiences also develop evaluative and investigative skills.

Unit 1: Geography: Physical Environments: Topics include Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere and Atmosphere.

Unit 2: Geography: Human Environments: Topics include Population geography, Rural geography, Urban geography and Industrial geography

Unit 3: Geography: Global Issues: Develops an awareness of inter-relationships between physical

and human environments by studying Development and Health and River Basin Management.

Each of the above units will require pupils to develop four main skills that are Knowledge and Understanding, geographical methods and techniques, critical thinking and using graphical information.

Assessment: Pupils need to achieve passes in the internal assessment of all 3 units stated above. The external assessment will involve an assignment (30 marks) and a question paper (60 marks) and will provide all assessment material for the added value unit of the course.

Fieldwork: Pupils will have the opportunity to study various aspects of the course, over 3 days at a field centre near Aviemore. 

Advanced Higher
In this course, pupils will use the knowledge and understanding from Higher Geography to conduct their own research and investigation. This will help to develop research skills, skills of critical thinking and independent study. All these skills will help to prepare pupils for university level study.

The course is divided into two units and will be studied for the duration of the academic year.

Unit 1: Geographical Study: Research and information collection and analysis, including statistical analysis. Write a report based on Geographical research or fieldwork investigation

Unit 2: Geographical Issues: An essay which critically evaluates an issue from a Geographical perspective

Assessment: To achieve the Course award, the candidate must pass the Units as well as the Course assessment. The candidate’s grade is based on the Course assessment.

The Course assessment consists of two components:

  1. A question paper (50 marks). This will assess, under controlled conditions, the ability of candidates to use a variety of geographical methods and techniques.
  2. A folio of Course work (100 marks) which consists of two key pieces of work:

♦ Geographical Study (60 marks) — a report on geographical research

♦ Geographical Issues (40 marks) — an essay which critically evaluates an issue from a geographical perspective.

Fieldwork: Pupils will have the opportunity to study fieldwork for 3 days at Kindrogan Field Centre in Perthshire as well as conducting their own chosen fieldwork.