Higher Course Overview
The Higher course involves the study of three main areas. These are Physical Environments, where pupils will learn in more detail about the natural world including river landscapes and the atmosphere. Human Environments investigates the influence of people on the world through studies such as the effects of continued population growth and urbanisation. Global Issues analyses the ways in which people and the landscape influence one another through the study of: Development & Health, and River Basin Management.
An 'A' or 'B' pass at National 5 is essential. It may also be possible to achieve entry to Higher Geography with a good Higher pass in another Social Subject. A good standard of written English is required.
Methods of Learning
Pupils will learn in a variety of ways, including fieldtrips which allow pupils to see topics studied in real life contexts. There is a high level of literacy required and pupils will be encouraged to give detailed answers through extended responses. There is a mix of independent study, group tasks and presentations which will help prepare pupils for work and further education by developing a number of important skills for life, learning and work, such as communication and teamworking.
Form of Assessment
Assessment will be primarily through written assessment in the form of formal homework tasks, a prelim exam and the SQA exam in May.
Pupils will be expected to complete regular homework tasks which will primarily take the form of past paper examples to help familiarise pupils with the nature of examination questions.
Everyone must be prepared to attend fieldtrips and commit to independent study outwith class time.
Higher Geography is an entry requirement for University courses in Social Science, Science and Arts Faculties. Geography is a very diverse subject so graduates are highly sought after due to the variety of skills learned. Jobs with Geography include meteorology, cartography, international aid work and environmental consultancy.
Further information can be found here.
GEOGRAPHY IN A NUTSHELL (HIGHER)