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Jayne Massey
Class of 2005

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National 4/5 Geography

Geography is the study of places and of the inter-relationships of people within them. Increasingly, geographers are concerned with the ‘global village’ – the interdependence of all the earth’s people and the increasing pressures on the environment.

 Skills and Knowledge

A broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be covered in the course includes:

  • developing and applying knowledge and understanding and geographic skills across contexts drawn from physical environments, human environments, and global issues
  • researching and using information collected from a range of sources about geographical issues
  • using mapping skills (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) and research skills (including fieldwork skills)
  • interpreting and evaluating information from a range of sources, including maps
  • using a range of numerical and graphical information
  • demonstrating a basic knowledge and understanding of the physical environment of Scotland and/or the United Kingdom
  • demonstrating a basic knowledge and understanding of the human environment in a global context through the comparative study of developed and developing countries, and giving explanations
  • demonstrating a basic knowledge and understanding of selected global issues by describing information which is mainly factual but has some theoretical content, and giving explanations.

 Learning and Teaching Methods

This resource-based course uses up-to-date textbooks, worksheets, maps and video resources. Pupils are encouraged to collect news items and to use their own observations. Direct class teaching, group work and individual research are all used to deliver the course.

 Careers Information

A qualification in geography can lead to a wide variety of careers in business, planning, tourism and other areas. It also enhances pupils appreciation of places they travel to, they're understanding of environmental issues and generally encourages pupils to become well-informed citizens.