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Inverkeithing
High School

 

Geography

 

Welcome the Geography Department!

Below you will find information about the S3 Course, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Geography.

 

 

 STAFF LIST

Miss Rowley

Mrs Smith

Miss Wishart

Mr Carter

 

Careers in Geography 

Ecology

Energy Engineering

Surveying

Environmental Management

Meteorology

Architecture

Archaeology

Environmental Education

Climatology

Town and Country Planning

Rural Development

Geology

Cartography

Teaching

Nature Conservation

Demography

Geophysics

Travel and Tourism

Transport and Distribution

Sociology

Geographical Information Systems

Agriculture

The Civil Service

The Armed Forces

   

 

S3 COURSE OUTLINE:

S3 Geography

 

Geography is the study of people and places.  The S3 geography course allows pupils to see the impact we have on Earth.  Geography gives pupils the opportunity to develop a variety of skills which will help them in many ways both in school and in the wider world beyond.

The course is split up into three main areas.  Physical Environments focuses on landscape and scenery and how people use these areas.  Human Environments looks at topics such as population, development and change through comparisons between developed and developing areas of the world.  Global Issues considers topics such as climate change, environmental hazards, trade, globalisation, tourism, development and health communicators.

 

 Units Studied

  • Outdoor Learning
  • Tropical storms, rivers and flooding
  • Map skills and land use
  • Investigating
  • Urban and Transport
  • Tourism
  • Climate Change

Skills Developed

  • Being able to explain key factors relating to the units studied
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the content studied
  • Outdoor fieldwork techniques
  • Working in groups
  • Drawing and describing graphs
  • Using map skills such as 4 and 6 figure grid references
  • Interpreting maps

 

Learners will be issued with regular homework which will be given through Show my Homework.

Learners will be given a number of opportunities for outdoor learning. Some activities include, fieldwork in the school grounds, a trip to Edinburgh to investigate transport, Cairnie fruit farm to look at diversification and our new Cairngorms trip which will take place in May.

  

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL 5 COURSE OUTLINE:

Entry to the Course

National 4 Pass in a Social Subject or progression from Level 4 in S3.

 

National 5 Geography Topics:

Physical environments - Learners develop geographical skills and techniques in the context of physical environments, together with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work within physical environments. Key topics include: location of landscape type, formation of key landscape features, land use management and sustainability, and weather. Learners study a selection of landscape types from contexts within Scotland and/or the UK. Two landscape types are studied: glaciated uplands and coastal landscapes.

Human environments - Learners develop geographical skills and techniques in the context of human environments, together with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the interactions at work within human environments. Learners compare developed and developing countries drawn from a global context. Key topics include: contrasts in development, world population distribution and change, and issues in changing urban and rural landscapes.

Global issues - Learners develop skills in using numerical information in the context of global issues, together with a detailed knowledge and understanding of significant global geographical issues. Young people will study two Units in this section: Global Climate Change and Tourism.

 

Assessment

On completion of each unit area, a written assessment will be completed under timed conditions.

There are two components in the SQA External Assessment:

Component 1: Question paper - 2 hours and 20 minutes – 80 marks

Physical Environments – 30 marks

Human Environments – 30 marks

Global Issues – 20 marks

 

Component 2: The Assignment – 1 hour - 20 marks

The assignment allows learners to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding within the context of a geographical topic or issue. Learners will choose an appropriate geographical topic or issue and collect information from a range of sources of information. They will process the information gathered, using geographical skills/techniques. The assignment is therefore worth 20% of the overall marks for the course assessment.

 

Skills Development

 Developing and applying skills and detailed knowledge and understanding in geographical contexts

With guidance, researching and using information collected from a range of sources about geographical issues which are mainly familiar

  • Using a range of mapping skills, including the use of Ordnance Survey maps
  • Using a range of research skills, including fieldwork skills
  • Using and interpreting a range of numerical and graphical information
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the physical environment of Scotland and/or the United Kingdom by giving detailed descriptions which are mainly factual with some theoretical content, and giving detailed explanations
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the human environment in a global context by giving detailed descriptions which are mainly factual with some theoretical content, and giving detailed explanations
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of selected global issues by giving detailed descriptions which are mainly factual with some theoretical content, and giving detailed explanations

 

Fieldwork Opportunities:

The Department provides opportunities for candidates to demonstrate their fieldwork skills in and around the school grounds.

Candidates will also be able to visit a nearby farm as part of the Rural Unit in the course.

A field trip to Iceland is also being planned for those wishing to attend.

 

Progression Routes

  • Higher Geography
  • National 5 Travel and Tourism

 

 

 

HIGHER GEOGRAPHY

Entry to the Course

National 5 Grade A – C in Geography or another Social Subject.

 

COURSE TOPICS:

Physical environments - Learners develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work within physical environments on a local, regional and global scale. Key topics include: atmosphere; hydrosphere; lithosphere; and biosphere.

Human environments - Learners develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work within urban and rural environments in developed and developing countries. Key topics include: population; rural land degradation and management; and urban change and management.

Global issues - Learners develop and apply knowledge and understanding of global geographical issues which demonstrate the interaction of physical and human factors, and evaluate the strategies adopted to manage these issues. Key topics include: river basin management; development and health; global climate change; and energy. Personalisation and choice is possible through the issues selected for study.

 

ASSESSMENT:

Component 1:

Question paper 1 — physical and human environments

100 marks - 1 hour and 50 minutes

 

Component 2:

Question paper 2 — global issues (40 marks) and geographical skills (20 marks)

60 marks - 1 hour and 10 minutes

 

Component 3:

Assignment

30 marks - 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

The Assignment

 The assignment gives learners an opportunity to demonstrate:

  • Identifying a geographical topic or issue
  • Carrying out research, which should include fieldwork where appropriate
  • Knowledge of the suitability of the methods and/or reliability of the sources used
  • Processing and using a range of information gathered
  • Drawing on detailed knowledge and understanding of the topic or issue
  • Analysing information from a range of sources
  • Reaching a conclusion supported by a range of evidence on a geographical topic or issue
  • Communicating information

 

Skills Development

  •  Developing and applying skills, knowledge and understanding across complex physical, human and global issues
  • Researching and evaluating a wide range of information collected from a range of sources about complex geographical issues
  • Using a wide range of mapping skills and techniques in geographical contexts which may be familiar or unfamiliar, including the use of Ordnance Survey maps
  • Using a wide range of research skills and techniques, including fieldwork skills, in geographical contexts which may be familiar or unfamiliar
  • Using a wide range of numerical and graphical skills and techniques in geographical contexts which may be familiar or unfamiliar
  • Developing and applying factual and theoretical knowledge and understanding and giving detailed explanations of complex: — processes and interactions at work within physical environments on a local, regional and global scale — processes and interactions at work within human environments in a range of urban and rural, and developed and developing societies — global geographical issues which demonstrate the interaction of physical and human factors

 

Progression Routes

  • Advanced Higher Geography
  • Geography Course at University

 

 

ADVANCED HIGHER GEOGRAPHY

 

Entrance Requirements

  • Higher Grade Geography Pass at A-C

 

The course develops candidates’ understanding of our changing world, its human interactions and physical processes. Practical activities, including fieldwork, provide opportunities for candidates to interact with their environment.

The study of geography encourages positive lifelong attitudes of environmental stewardship, sustainability and global citizenship. The course provides candidates with the skills, knowledge and understanding to contribute effectively to their local communities and wider society.

The course helps create informed and active citizens by enabling candidates to develop a greater understanding of the human and physical processes which have an impact on their environment, and by encouraging scientific rigour in data collection and interpretation.

Candidates develop skills which are transferable to other areas of study and which they can use in everyday life. They carry out independent research and take responsibility for their own learning, with support from teachers, lecturers, tutors, or peers, as appropriate.

 

The course aims to enable candidates to:

  • Understand the ways in which people and the environment interact in response to physical and human processes.
  • Study spatial relationships to develop a balanced and critical understanding of the changing world.
  • Further acquire a geographical perspective on environmental and social issues and their significance.
  • Further develop skills of independent research, fieldwork, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation.
  • Further develop skills and techniques to collect, extract, analyse and interpret information to explain geographical phenomena using appropriate terminology.
  • Further develop expertise in the use of maps, diagrams, statistical techniques and written accounts

 

The specific geographical, research and presentation skills developed in the course, and its general approach to developing skills of independent working, benefits candidates as they progress to higher education, and the world of work.

 

Assessment

The question paper has a total mark allocation of 50 marks. This is 33% of the overall marks for the course assessment. The exam paper will include map interpretation, gathering and processing techniques and geographical data handling questions.

The geographical study has a total mark allocation of 60 marks. This is 40% of the overall marks for the course assessment. Pupils will choose a topic to study, plan and carry out a programme of fieldwork and process and analyse the results in a report.

The geographical issue has a total mark allocation of 40 marks. This is 27% of the overall marks for the course assessment. Pupils will choose a topical geographical issues and read a range of academic sources about it. They will summarise and critically evaluate these viewpoints coming to a reasoned conclusion in an essay.

 

Future Career Pathways

The transferable skills developed in the course provide preparation for candidates entering occupations and careers such as town and transport planning, chartered surveying, renewable energy, land and water management, environmental consultancy, development, tourism, conservation, demography, housing and social welfare.