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Geography

National 4
Course Information
This Course opens up for learners the physical environment around them and the ways in which people interact with this environment.

The purpose of this Course is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of our changing world and its human and physical processes. Opportunities for practical activities, including fieldwork, will be encouraged, so that learners can interact with their environment.
 
The main aims of Geography are to enable learners to develop:
  • A range of geographical skills and techniques
  • Straightforward understanding of the ways in which people and the environment interact in response to physical and human processes at local, national,international and global scales
  • Straightforward understanding of spatial relationships and of the changing world in a balanced, critical and sympathetic way
  • A geographical perspective on environmental and social issues
  • An interest in, and concern for, the environment leading to sustainable development
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National 5
Course Information
Geography opens up for learners the physical environment around them and the ways in which people interact with this environment.
 
The purpose of Geography is to develop the learner’s understanding of our changing world and its human and physical processes. Opportunities for practical activities, including fieldwork, will be encouraged, so that learners can interact with their environment.
 
In the 21st century, with growing awareness of the impact of human activity upon the environment and scarce resources, the study of Geography fosters positive life-long attitudes of environmental stewardship, sustainability and global citizenship.

This qualification will furnish learners with the knowledge and skills to enable them to contribute effectively to their local communities and wider society.

The contexts for study are local, national, international, and global. Geography draws upon the social and natural sciences: interdisciplinary learning is therefore fundamental to geographical study and encourages links with other disciplines.

The main aims of Geography are to enable learners to develop:
  • A range of geographical skills and techniques
  • Detailed understanding of the ways in which people and the environment interact in response to physical and human processes at local, national, international, and global scales
  • Detailed understanding of spatial relationships and of the changing world in a balanced, critical and sympathetic way
  • A geographical perspective on environmental and social issues
  • An interest in, and concern for, the environment leading to sustainable development
Exam Information
Component 1
  • Question paper.
  • Exam time: 1 hour 45 mins
The purpose of this question paper is to demonstrate application of skills and breadth of knowledge and understanding from across the Course.
  • Section 1: Physical Environments will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of restricted/extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and apply the skills acquired during the Course.
Questions in this Section will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills
described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage.
  • Section 2: Human Environments will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of restricted/extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and apply the skills acquired during the Course.
Questions in this Section will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage.
  • Section 3: Global Issues will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of restricted/extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and apply the skills acquired during the Course.
Questions in this Section will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage.

The optional Global Issues are:
  • Climate Change 
  • Impact of Human Activity on the Natural Environment 
  • Environmental Hazards 
  • Trade and Globalisation
  • Tourism; and Health
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Higher

Course Information
Geography opens up for learners the physical environment around them and the ways in which people interact with this environment.
 
The purpose of Geography is to develop the learner’s understanding of our changing world and its human and physical processes. Opportunities for practical activities, including fieldwork, will be encouraged, so that learners can interact with their environment.
 
In the 21st century, with growing awareness of the impact of human activity upon the environment and scarce resources, the study of Geography fosters positive life-long attitudes of environmental stewardship, sustainability and global citizenship.

This qualification will furnish learners with the knowledge and skills to enable them to contribute effectively to their local communities and wider society.

The contexts for study are local, national, international, and global. Geography draws upon the social and natural sciences: interdisciplinary learning is therefore fundamental to geographical study and encourages links with other disciplines.

The main aims of Geography are to enable learners to develop:
  • A range of geographical skills and techniques
  • Detailed understanding of the ways in which people and the environment interact in response to physical and human processes at local, national, international, and global scales
  • Detailed understanding of spatial relationships and of the changing world in a balanced, critical and sympathetic way
  • A geographical perspective on environmental and social issues
  • An interest in, and concern for, the environment leading to sustainable development
Exam Information
Component 1
  • Question paper.
  • Exam time: 2 hours 15 mins.
The purpose of this question paper is to demonstrate application of skills and breadth of knowledge and understanding from across the three Units of the Course.
  • The question paper will have 60 marks (66% of the total mark).
  • This question paper has four Sections.
Section 1: Physical Environments will have 15 marks. This Section will be made up
of extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills acquired during the Course. Questions will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage Section. Candidates will answer all questions in this Section.
 
Section 2: Human Environments will have 15 marks. This Section will be made up of extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills acquired during the Course. Questions will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage Section. Candidates will answer all questions in this Section.
 
Section 3: Global Issues will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of
extended questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and skil s acquired during the Course. Questions will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage Section. Candidates must answer questions from two out of five options. Within each of the chosen options candidates must answer all questions. Each question will be out of 10 marks.
 
Section 4: Application of Geographical Skills will have 10 marks. This Section will
be made up of an extended response question requiring the learner to apply
geographical skills acquired during the Course. The skills assessed in the question
paper will include mapping skills and the use of numerical/graphical information. All
candidates will answer this question.
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