GEOGRAPHY

INTRODUCTION

geographyWhatever your passion for the world around you – whether a fascination with landscapes or an interest in the human patterns all around us – Geography will provide you with a wide and relevant range of knowledge and skills which will prove useful throughout your lifetime. Through the skills and content of the course levels offered in the Geography Department, learners will develop an increased understanding of the environment, sustainability and the impact of global issues. They will develop a sense of responsible citizenship and be encouraged to reflect upon the impact of the environment on their health and wellbeing. Fieldtrips and residential excursions provide the opportunity to experience real world contexts for learning and contribute to opportunities for Outdoor Learning. Geography is a part of the Geography & RMPS faculty.

 

LEVELS OFFERED

National 4 National 5 Higher Advanced Higher
  • Physical Environment
  • Human Environment
  • Global Issues
  • Added Value Unit
  • Internal Assessment
  • Human and Physical fieldwork opportunities in the local area

SQA Information

  • Physical Environment
  • Human Environment
  • Global Issues
  • Assignment: Externally assessed by SQA
  • Exam:Externally assessed by SQA
  • Human and Physical fieldwork opportunities in the local area

SQA Information

  • Physical Environment
  • Human Environment
  • Global Issues
  • Assignment: Externally assessed by SQA
  • Exam:Externally assessed by SQA
  • Human and Physical fieldwork opportunities in the local area

SQA Information

  • Geographical Methods and Techniques
  • Geographical Folio comprising the Geographical Study and the Geographical Issues critical essay.
  • All assessable components are externally assessed by SQA with the exam constituting 30% and the folio constituting 70% of the overall mark.
  • Human and physical fieldwork opportunities delivered as residential course at FSC Kindrogan and within the local area.

SQA Information

 

 

KEY SKILLS

  • Use of geographical information, especially maps.
  • Collecting information through fieldwork and secondary sources
  • Presentation of data
  • Evaluation and analysis of data
  • Research skills
  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy

 

S2 Course Outline

EXPLOSIVE EARTH

1

No Geography course would be complete without exploring the wonders of hazards in the world. In this unit students will learn about the structure of the earth and plate tectonics. Volcanoes and earthquakes will be investigated looking at case studies around the world and how these impact on human life. Students will also take part in making their own explosive volcanoes!

 

GLOBAL HEALTH

2

In this unit students will learn about diseases that affect both less economically countries and more economically diseases globally. Students will investigate what causes diseases to spread globally and what strategies have been put in place to try and reduce the impact and prevent further spread. Students will then learn about major diseases that affect Scotland with a focus on heart disease and obesity. They will explore the causes of this major killer and the social and economic consequences of the disease on the nation.

 

EQUATORIAL RAINFORESTS

3

In this unit students will learn about the remarkable climatic region found in many countries around the equator. Students will investigate how this precious ecosystem works as well as learning about biodiversity that lives there. Students will have the opportunity to explore the importance of this ecosystem not only from a local level but also on a global level. Students will appreciate the cultural diversity of people who have lived in this environment for generations and the current and real threat on their survival as a result of pressure from the West.

 

COASTS AND TOURISM

4

In this unit students will learn how to describe and explain how coastal landscapes are formed. They will learn about features of erosion and deposition. They will investigate the human impact of tourism on coastal landscapes with a focus on both the advantages and disadvantages on coastal resorts. Students will relate their learning to famous coastal resorts in the UK including the Dorset Coast.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Environmental organisations eg Scottish Natural Heritage, S.E.P.A
  • Oil and gas industry
  • Hazard planning eg coastal erosion projects; flood hazard planning
  • Travel and tourism
  • Town planning
  • Events organiser
  • Marketing
  • Climatology/ meteorology
  • Cartographer eg Ordnance Survey mapping

 

CAREER INFORMATION LINKS

Royal Geographical Society – www.rgs.org

Environmental Jobs – www.environmentjob.co.uk

University – UCAS – www.ucas.ac.uk

Royal Meteorological Society – www.metlink.org

Lantra – Environmental and Land based careers – www.lantra.co.uk/careers

Geological Society – www.geolsoc.org.uk