Geography and Geology

Geography is the study of the earth, looking at the interactions between the physical world and the humans who live upon it. It is very varied – one day you are studying the local beaches or hills and the next you’re thinking critically about the global impact of the development gap. 

In S1 we build the basics of Geography. Firstly we study Scotland and look at rivers, cities, weather, national parks, tourism and renewable energy. We build upon map skills from primary school and become experts at using Ordnance Survey maps for navigation and exploring an area. We then compare what we’ve learnt in Scotland to another country around the world.

In S2 we look at more complex issues, such as why some countries are richer than others. We then move into the earth and study earth structure, volcanoes, earthquakes and the impacts they can have upon different areas.

S2 pupils were challenged to think of a way to model the layers of the earth.

S2 pupils were challenged to think of a way to model the layers of the earth.

If you choose Geography in S3 and S4 you study a wide range of topics from the National courses. These will include population, rivers, climate change, cities, environmental hazards, limestone, weather and rural areas. You’ll also use fieldwork to undertake your own investigations of different environments.

S3 pupils enjoying rivers fieldwork!

S3 pupils enjoying rivers fieldwork!

If you choose Geography at Higher you’ll pull together all your knowledge and learn to apply it in new, scientific and critical ways. As well as learning a host of new concepts about how the world works you’ll undertake your own investigation and be able to demonstrate new skills. In addition to previous topics we also look at the atmosphere, soils and health geography for the first time.

Higher Geography work on river profiling.

Higher Geography work on river profiling.

Advanced Higher Geography is available to S6 pupils with a B pass at Higher. This is a skills-based course which utilises prior knowledge in Geography to demonstrate how the subject is studied at university level and beyond. It encompasses presentation, mapwork, statistics, fieldwork and a high degree of personalisation and choice. AH Geography is a good option for those wanting to pursue careers in the social subjects, sciences, psychology or careers which are partly based in the outdoors.

Advanced Higher soils fieldwork at Inchnadamph

Advanced Higher soils fieldwork at Inchnadamph

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