Higher Geography (Course Code: C733 76)

SCQF Level 6 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Geography?

This course is designed to enable you to use geographical analysis to develop a detailed understanding of important aspects of the contemporary world. This involves studying the ways that people and the environment interact and examining the environmental issues that arise in a rapidly changing world. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills including research, evaluation and presentation, IT, mapping and statistics.

The skills you learn in Geography are valuable in a wide range of career sectors, including: working with development or aid agencies, environmental work, working for the census office and in tourism and leisure.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:

What will I study?

This course aims to help you develop a range of important and transferable skills including: using, interpreting, evaluating and analysing a wide range of geographical information; interpreting and explaining complex geographical phenomena; using a wide range of maps and other data to process and communicate complex geographical information; and researching skills, including fieldwork.

The course consists of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Geography: Physical Environments (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Key topics include: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere.

Geography: Human Environments (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Key topics include: population, rural land use change and management, urban change and management.

Geography: Global Issues (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Key topics include: river basin management, development and health, global climate change, trade, aid and geopolitics, energy.

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components:

The question paper will assess your breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills accumulated across the course. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will assess a combination of your knowledge and/or skills from across the course in a practical context.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

What can I go on to next?

Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Highers in a Nutshell - Geography (CfE Higher)