GEOGRAPHY - SENIOR PHASE

Senior Phase National 4/National 5

 

The National 4/5 Geography course enables learners to investigate and explain geographical issues around the world. The course studies three units of work; Human Environments, Physical Environments and Global Issues.

 

  • Human Environments – Rural, Urban, Population

 

  • Physical Environments– Weather, Coasts, Glaciation

 

  • Global Issues – Health, Climate Change

 

This course involves a visit to Glasgow and/or Culzean Country Park in order to carry out first hand geographical research for the assignment.

 

Assessment

 

All three units are internally assessed on a pass/fail basis where students are expected to meet the minimum requirements of all the assessment standards.

 

Added Value Units (National 4) and Assignments (National 5) will be completed by creating a piece of work based on a geographical issue of the candidate’s choice. National 5 pupils will undertake the assignment under exam conditions and will have an hour to write a report addressing their chosen question. This will be externally marked by the SQA and is worth 25% of the candidate’s overall grade.

 

National 5 pupils will also sit an external written exam to assess knowledge and understanding and analysis and evaluation skills.

 

National 4: Pass or Fail

 

National 5: Grades A-D

 

Progression

National 4 pupils who pass can progress to National 5 Geography and National 5 pupils who gain A-C grades can progress to Higher Geography.

Senior Phase - Higher Geography

 

The purpose of this course is to develop learners’ understanding of our changing world and its human and physical processes.  Opportunities for practical activities, including field work at Culzean Country Park are available, so learners can interact with their environment.  The course studies three units of work; Human Environments, Physical Environments and Global Issues.

 

  • Physical Environments– Learners develop knowledge and understanding of complex processes of the physical environment.  This includes the study of the Atmosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere and Lithosphere.

  • Human Environments – Learners will develop research skills in geographical contexts of urban and rural environments and the management of urban and rural land use change in developed and developing countries.  Topics include: Population, Urban Change and Management (Glasgow and Mumbai) and Rural Land Management.

  • Global Issues – Learners will develop skills of numerical and graphical analysis in geographical contexts.  Pupils will learn about complex global issues and the management strategies used to reduce issues such as climate change and world diseases.

 

Recommended Entry

 

Pass at National 5 level Geography. Alternatively, pupils are welcome to take a crash course in the subject if they have a Grade A or B at National 5 level in a Social Subject or English.

 

Assessment

 

All three units are internally assessed on a pass/fail basis where students are expected to meet the minimum requirements of all the assessment standards.

 

Assignments will be completed by creating a piece of work based on a geographical issue of the candidate’s choice and will externally mark by the SQA. Higher pupils will undertake the assignment under exam conditions and will have an hour and a half to write their assignment addressing their chosen question. This is work 34% of the candidate’s overall grade. Pupils will also sit an external written exam to assess knowledge and understanding and analysis and evaluation skills.

National 5 Travel and Tourism

 

Everyone loves to go on holiday! As well as this, tourism is a major employer and revenue earner.  This course is designed to let you gain knowledge of a variety of tourist destinations in Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world.  It will also be of interest to anyone seeking to study travel & tourism as part of a general education or as a consumer wishing to gain an insight into how the industry works. This course offers essential vocational and employability skills that will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work in the travel and tourism industry.  This course includes three units that are all internally assessed and are Pass/Fail.

 

  • Unit 1: Employability

  • Unit 2: Customer Services

  • Unit 3: Scotland as a tourist destination

 

 

Assessment

There is no external exam for N5 Travel and Tourism.  All units are internally assessed and are Pass/Fail.