Boarding School, Scotland - Lathallan School



Tutor Profile: Emily Niven, Geography Teacher

We live in a dynamic world and geography is our key to unlocking it and marvelling at what it offers. We are able to understand just how our landscapes, indeed our earth, have been formed and better appreciate its magnificence. 

Geography highlights the complexity of human interaction with its environment and the consequences which arise from the decisions we actively make.  Our globe is culturally diverse and the ways in which societies exist and interconnect is revealed through geographical study. 

In Geography, pupils will study Ecosystems, Globalisation, Food and Farming and Tourism as well as learning valuable map works skills.  They will visit a local farm and the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.

In S2 Geography, pupils will study Development, Ghana, Japan and Scotland's Landscapes as well as learning valuable map and fieldwork skills.  They will conduct a settlement study in Portlethen and Stonehaven and conduct rivers and glaciation fieldwork in Glen Clova

S3 and S4: National 5
The course is divided into three units and will be studied over S3 and S4.
Geography: Physical Environments Unit: This unit has a British Isles context and studies two landscape types (glaciated and coastal landscapes).
Geography: Human Environments Unit: This unit has a wider context and studies detailed examples from economically more and less developed countries (e.g. population, housing, rural change, farming).
Geography: Global Issues Unit: This unit allows the learner to use numerical and graphical information in the context of a global geographical issue and draw on this knowledge and understanding to give detailed explanations about two global issues, selected from the following topics; climate change, the impact of human activity of the natural environment, environmental hazards, trade and globalisation tourism, development and health.
Assessment: Pupils need to achieve passes in the internal assessment of all three units stated above. The external assessment will involve an assignment and a question paper and will provide all assessment material for the added value unit of the course. There are three sections to the external question paper: The question paper lasts 2 hours and is out of 60 marks.

S5 and S6: Higher
During the Course in Higher Geography emphasis is placed on the provision of geographical experiences which lead candidates to an understanding of concepts, key ideas and relevant terminology. These experiences also develop evaluative and investigative skills.
Unit 1: Geography: Physical Environments: Topics include Lithosphere, hydrosphere, biospheres and atmosphere.
Unit 2: Geography: Human Environments: Topics include population geography, rural geography, urban geography and industrial geography
Unit 3: Geography: Environmental Interactions: Develops an awareness of inter-relationships between physical
and human environments
Each of the above units will require pupils to develop four main skills that are Knowledge and Understanding, geographical methods and techniques, critical thinking and using graphical information.
Assessment: Pupils need to achieve passes in the internal assessment of all 3 units stated above. The external examination will provide all assessment material for the final grade. The examination is split into two papers. Paper 1, assessing unit 1 and 2, is 1hour 30min and is out of 100 marks. Paper 2, assessing unit 3, is 1hour 15min and is out of 100 marks (two 50mark questions).

S6: Advanced Higher
In this course, pupils will use the knowledge and understanding from Higher Geography to conduct their own research and investigation. This will help to develop research skills, skills of critical thinking and independent study. All these skills will help to prepare pupils for university level study.
The course is divided into three units and will be studied for the duration of the academic year.
Unit 1: Geographical Methods and Techniques: Research and information collection and analysis, including statistical analysis
Unit 2: Geographical Study: A report based on Geographical research or fieldwork investigation
Unit 3: Geographical Issues: An essay which critically evaluates an issue from a Geographical perspective
Assessment: To achieve the Course award, the candidate must pass the Units as well as the Course assessment. The
candidate’s grade is based on the Course assessment.
The Course assessment consists of two components:
1. A question paper (30% of total mark). This will assess, under controlled conditions, the ability of candidates to use a variety of geographical methods and techniques.
2. A folio of Course work (70% of total mark) which consists of two key pieces of work:
♦ Geographical Study — a report on geographical research
♦ Geographical Issues — an essay which critically evaluates an issue from a geographical perspective