“The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world and appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents”
– Barack Obama
– Barack Obama
WHY STUDY GEOGRAPHY?
The study of Geography provides students with the opportunity to understand the world around them, through the exploration of the physical properties of the Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. Geography strives to understand where things are found, why they are there and how they develop and change over time. As a department, we aim to inspire and provide pupils with transferable skills and experiences that will benefit them throughout their school career and beyond. Geographers are considered the most employable people in the world, overall highlighting the importance and benefits of studying Geography!
Fieldwork is a vital component within the Geography curriculum and allows students to experience environments and places beyond four walls. Fieldwork provides students with the opportunity to investigate and interact with both the physical and human environment that exists around them. The department strive to provide students with as many opportunities to immerse themselves in fieldwork as possible, hence we currently offer the following fieldwork experiences:
Throughout the Broad General Education (BGE) phase, we offer varied and progressive opportunities within the department, allowing students to study a range of geographical themes of Human Environments, Physical Environments and Global Issues. Lessons are structured to allow students to become independent thinkers, to work collaboratively with others and develop skills relevant to their future geographical understanding. Details of the structure of our courses can be found below:
The Geography Department currently offer National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Geography qualifications. The content covered within each course is as followed:
Advanced Higher Geography is a one year course. It is designed to allow for independent study and personalisation of study areas. The course is split into the following three units:
The Geography department currently work alongside the Biology department to offer National 4, National 5 and Higher Environmental Science. The content covered within each course is as followed:
The Geography department also currently offer Travel and Tourism at both National 4 and National 5 as a Skills for Work course. The course is split into the following four units:
David Marshall (PT)
Karen McHaffie (NQT)
Alan Mills (0.8)
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