The course is made up of three units:
Unit 1: Physical Environments
Atmosphere: global atmosphere and climate
Hydrosphere: global water cycle with detialed study of river features
Lithosphere: selected British landscapes and their formation
Biosphere: natural vegetation change, ecosystems and soil types
Unit 2: Human Environments
Population: population structure, migration and change
Rural: land-use change and management
Urban: change and management in LEDCs and MEDCs
Unit 3: Global Issues
River Basin Management: case study of a major river management scheme
Development and Health: world case studies of development, health and disease.
The course assessment will consist of a question paper and an assignment and will be graded A-D.
The question paper for Higher Geography will be worth 160 marks. It will be carried out under exam conditions and marked by SQA. It will test knowledge, understanding and skills with greater emphasis on knowledge and understanding.
For the assignment, pupils will research a topic in class and at home. They will then write up a report under exam conditions and this will be sent to the SQA to be externally marked. It is worth 30 marks.
There will be regular homework in the form of exam style questions, and also the revision of course notes and class work.
Pupils should have attained, or expect to attain, a pass at National 5 in Geography or another Social Subject. Pupils that do not have these entry requirements are welcome to discuss choices with Mr J McAuley.
A pass at National 5 in English is advantageous.
Pupils who achieve a Higher pass (ideally a grade A or B) at the end of S5 are encouraged to take Advanced Higher Geography in S6.
Geography is a ‘bridge’ between the Arts and Sciences and Higher Geography is recognised as a valuable qualification by universities. A background in Geography is also useful in a wide range of careers, including work in environmental sciences, civil engineering, marketing and design, tourism, surveying, planning and architecture, teaching, conservation, transport, the civil service, agriculture, geophysics and many other career paths.
For further information please contact - Mr J. McAuley, PT Geography.