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Geography Higher

Physical Environments

The topics you will study in physical environments are:

Atmosphere

Hydrosphere

Lithosphere

Biosphere 

You will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work within physical environments. Examples from Scotland, the UK and across the world will be used as case studies. This unit will have a focus on mapping skills. 

Human Environments

The topics you will study in human environments are 

Population

Rural

Urban 

You will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work within urban and rural environments. Examples from developed and developing countries across the globe will be used as case studies. This unit will have a focus on research skills.

 

Global Issues

The global issues studied are:

Development and Health

Global Climate Change

 

You will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of significant global geographic issues which demonstrate the interaction of physical and human factors and evaluate strategies adopted in the management of these issues. This unit will have a focus on using numerical and graphical information. 

The course assessment consists of a question paper and an assignment. 

Higher Exam

The question paper is 2hrs 15mins long and is marked out of 60 (67% of the total mark for the course assessment). There are four sections, Physical Environments (15 marks), Human Environments (15 marks), Global Issues (20 marks) and application of Geographical Skills (10 marks). There will be an element of choice in the exam so you need to read the instructions very carefully. You will sit a prelim which will replicate the format of the final exam to help you. 

Higher Assignment

In addition to the course exam you will need to complete an Assignment which is a write-up of a piece of independent research, completed under exam conditions, in 1hr and 30mins and assessed externally out of 30 marks (33% of the total mark for the course assessment).

The final award will therefore be marked out of a combined total of 90 marks and graded A to D.

A one day fieldtrip to the Kindrogan Fieldwork Centre provides an important enhancement to classroom work.