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.
This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:
The course comprises two areas of study.
You will develop:
The course assessment consists of three components totalling 150 marks:
For Component 2 - You will research a topic of a geographical nature which uses primary and /or secondary sources, which could include fieldwork, and gather and process data to produce a report on your findings.
For Component 3 - You will choose a current complex geographical issue to critically evaluate and identify viewpoints from a wide range of sources, and provide a valid conclusion as a report.
Both the question paper and the assignment are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D
SQA Past Papers Geography Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Geography Advanced Higher Question Paper
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