National 4/5 Geography
Geography in S4
The S4 course in Geography offers an array of topics which focus on different aspects of Human, Physical and Environmental Geography. Pupils are able to develop their understanding of each topic in a variety of ways e.g. making models of Coastal features of erosion, debates and role play on population growth, using ICT to develop their presentation skills, field work excursions etc.
Explore why Edinburgh has become a major urban hub of the 21st Century. This unit focuses on the changes which have taken place in Edinburgh overtime from the city centre towards the rural to urban fringe. Pupils will also investigate the positive and negative consequences of these changes overtime in Scotland’s capital city and use map evidence to explore each area in greater detail.
Population and Development
This fascinating unit allows pupils to discover the impact of population change on developed and developing countries throughout the world. Pupils will have the chance to explore two countries of their choice to compare and contrast levels of development. Pupils are given the opportunity to highlight their findings via group work, debates and PowerPoint presentations.
Ever wondered why our Coastlines are constantly changing? This unit investigates different features of Coastal erosion and uses local case studies to highlight the various features which are found throughout Scotland. Pupils get the opportunity to model or bake a Coastal feature of their choice!!! This topic also explores the different conflicts which can occur in Coastal areas as well as how these can be managed.
Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tropical Storms!! This unit explores what impact these Natural Hazzard’s have on people and the landscape. You will be taken on a global adventure throughout the world to find out how each are formed. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in the Icelandic excursion where Geography comes to life in this area where the North American and Eurasian plate are pulling apart from each other. Pupils get the opportunity to create 3D models to highlight their understanding.
Rain, Rain everywhere………………… Ever wondered why the UK gets such varied weather whereas other places are incredibly hot or cold? This unit explores weather in the UK and throughout the world. Pupils get the chance to create and present their own weather report. This unit teaches pupil how to interpret synoptic charts. Pupils also get to investigate what impact depressions and anti-cyclones can have throughout the UK.
Farming in India
This unit explores the changes in farming overtime from Buffalo to Tractor!! Pupils will investigate how primitive forms of farming have developed overtime to conquer the need for more food globally due to an ever increasing population. This topic investigates what impact this change has had on people and the environment. They will develop an understanding of methods which have been used to combat the impact of the ever growing demands of food production on local environments.
National 3 and 4 courses are internally assessed by the class teacher – there is no final exam to sit.
To achieve an award you must pass the assessment for each of the three units:
National 4 candidates must also pass a research based Added Value Assignment (Geography Project). These units including the project are assessed by the teacher on a pass/fail basis.
Assessment at National 5, consists of an exam paper which will account for 75% of the final grade and a Geography Assignment which will account for 25% of your final grade. The course assessment is graded A-D.
Further details on the assessment can be found on the SQA website.
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