S3 & S4 Geography

The National 5 course aims to create independent learners who are skilled in map interpretation, critical thinking, decision making, note taking and extended writing. Through the study of Geography and the acquisition of techniques of geographical analysis, we hope to provide learners with an understanding of aspects of the contemporary world of concern to all its citizens.

Course Structure
Geography is considered as a Science and a Social Science by all major universities; this is reflected in the syllabus through the following divisions:

Physical Environments
Throughout this unit, students follow the following topics:

  • Limestone Landscapes
  • Rivers and their Valleys
  • Weather

Human Environments
Throughout this unit, students follow the following topics:

  • Population
  • Development Indicators
  • Urban Landscapes
  • Rural landscapes

Global Issues
Throughout this unit, students follow the following topics:

  • Health
  • Climate Change

Assessment

Students complete a variety of assessed tasks throughout S3 in preparation for their assignment in S4.  The assignment, which is worth 20% of their overall grade, is an independent study drawn from the Physical, Human and Global Issues units.

Homework
Students will receive two pieces of homework per week, which are specifically focused on developing exam technique. Through completing past paper questions and developing course notes it is hoped that students will develop a deep understanding of the examinable aspects of the course.