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S4/5/6 Courses

 


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S1/2 Geography

 

Information coming soon!

 

 

Course Info

 

S3 Geography



What can learning in Geography achieve for young people?





How is the Geography framework structured?





The Geography Course





What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Geography?



How do we build on prior learning?


-  observing, describing and recording

-  comparing and contrasting information and drawing conclusions based on this

-  problem solving skills

-  interacting with others and being able to work collaboratively with a range of people

-  planning and reviewing investigating strategies

-  discussion and debating skills

-  being able to understand a range of maps

-  being able to construct and interpret different types of graphs

-  presentation skills


as the pupil progresses through school these skills will be used by them in increasingly more complex  contexts



What are the broad features of assessment in geography?


-  teacher observation

-  pupil self evaluation

-  peer evaluation

-  presentations to the class

-  discussions

-  debates



Connections with other areas of the curriculum




 

Course Info

 

S4/5/6 Geography

 

Geography: Higher

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of Higher Geography is to build on the knowledge and skills learned at Standard Grade and give the student a deeper understanding of the way in which people are affected by the world around them.

 

 

Recommended Entry

 

Students should normally have achieved a Credit pass at Standard Grade Geography.

 

Students who have achieved a Credit pass in another Social Subject and wish to attempt Higher should seek the advice of the Principal Teacher of Geography before making a choice.

 

 

Course Details

 

The course comprises three units:

 

 

 

Each of these units is assessed internally usually in the form of a Prelim Examination.

 

Students are required to pass the internal element before they are eligible for a full external pass.

 

 

Progression:

 

The achievement of a Higher Geography pass allows the student to progress to:

 

UNITS

 

 

Geography: Core (H) 80 hours

 

This unit builds on key ideas relating to the physical and human environment and international issues developed at earlier stages.  There are eight sub-sections dealing with atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, population geography, rural geography, industrial geography and urban geography.

 

Also linked to this unit are specified geographical methods and techniques which should be taught in the context of the sub sections.

 

The time allocation to this unit reflects the integration of the geographical methods and techniques within the sub sections but it can also be used to enhance the teaching by drawing on aspects of the Applications.

 

 

Geography: Environmental Interactions (H) 40 hours

 

In this unit, emphasis is placed on providing, students with the opportunity to develop aspects of physical and human geography within specified applications and prescribed area contexts.  Students are required to study three applications, one from each of the following groups and a third from either:

 

Group one:

Rural land resources.

 

Group two:

Development and health.

 

 

Progression

 

From the achievement of a Higher course or units in Geography the student may be able to progress to: 

 

 


 

 

Geography: Intermediate 2

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of Intermediate 2 Geography is to build on the knowledge and skills learned at Standard Grade and give the student a deeper understanding of the way in which people are affected by the world around them.

 

Recommended Entry

 

Students should normally have achieved a General pass at Standard Grade Geography.

 

Students who have achieved a General pass in another Social Subject and wish to attempt Intermediate 2 should seek the advice of the Faculty Head of Social Subjects before making a choice.

 

 

Course Details

 

The course comprises three units:

 

 

Each of these units is assessed internally usually in the form of a Prelim Examination.

 

Students are required to pass the internal element before they are eligible for a full external pass.

 

 

Progression:

 

The achievement of a Intermediate 2 pass allows the student to progress to:

 


 

UNITS

 

 

Geography: Core (I2) 80 hours

 

This unit builds on key ideas relating to the physical and human environment developed at earlier stages.  The two topics studied are:

 

Physical Geography

Looking at the formation of physical features and in particular areas of Britain and how these areas are used and protected.

 

Human Geography

Looking at the formation of population  distribution, problems of cities in EMDCs and ELDCs; solutions to these problems.

Looking at problems of rural areas in EMDCs and ELDCs, how they are used and how they are protected.

 

 

Geography: Environmental Interactions (I2) 40 hours

 

Two topics are studied:

 

Development and Health

Looks at countries levels of development, how development is measured and what can be done to improve a country’s level of development.  Three diseases are studied:  Heart attacks, Malaria and Aids.  The causes of these diseases, ways of tackling the diseases and the impact these diseases have on affected areas.

 

 

Environmental Hazards

Earthquakes, Volcanic Eruptions and Hurricanes are studied.

The causes of these hazards, the impact on people and property and the role of aid agencies after the event are the main areas of study.

 


 

Travel & Tourism: Intermediate 1

 

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of Travel & Tourism is to introduce the student to the basic skills and knowledge needed in a broad range of occupations associated with the travel and tourism industry.

 

 

Entry Level

 

Students should have achieved:

           

 

 

Course Details

 

There are five compulsory units and one optional unit.

Holiday Planning 1.

Holiday Planning 2.

Holiday Planning 3.

Holidays at Home.

Holidays Abroad.

 

All units are internally assessed.

 

Students are required to pass the internal element before they are eligible for a full external pass.

 

Students will sit a full Prelim Examination.

 

 

 

Progression

 

The achievement of an Intermediate 1 pass allows the student to progress to: