Geography/Modern Studies

Geography

Geography is the study of the world around us, and is a very relevant and respected subject for many career paths, college and university courses. 

National 4/5

The Geography course is split into three units, Physical Environments, Human Environments and Global Issues.

In the Physical Environments unit you will develop knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions within physical environments, such as the location of landscape types; formation of key landscape features; land use management and sustainability; and weather.

In the Human Environments unit you will develop knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions within human environments, such as contrasts in development; world population distribution and change; and issues in changing urban and rural landscapes.

Finally, in the Global Issues unit you will develop knowledge and understanding of significant global geographical issues, such as environmental hazards and development and health.

By undertaking this Course, you will also develop a wide range of important and transferable skills, including using and interpreting geographical information; using a range of maps and other data to process and communicate geographical information; and researching skills.

Entry requirement – none..

Higher

The Higher qualification in Geography gives learners a sophisticated understanding of geographical processes and information. The contexts for study are local, national, international and global.

The course has three units:

1) The Physical Environment covering Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Lithosphere, and Biosphere

2) The Human Environment covering Population, Rural areas and Urban areas.

3) Global Issues covering Global Climate Change and Development & Health.

By undertaking this Course, you will also develop a wide range of important and transferable skills, including using and interpreting geographical information; using a range of maps and other data to process and communicate geographical information; and researching skills.

Entry requirement – pass at National 5 Geography.  Interested pupils with other qualifications should speak directly with the Principal Teacher.

Entry recommendation – A/B at National 5 Geography.

Home Learning

Home learning activities are an important part of all courses. Homework is set for all certificate classes on a weekly basis. Pupils will also be expected to complete reading and consolidation of classwork at home. Lunchtime study support is available in the department.

Further Information

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Education Scotland Subject Pages – http://tinyurl.com/l2rqh8f