Geography Higher

Purpose of the course

Geography will develop your knowledge and understanding of the many complex issues which are shaping today’s world.

Course Structure & Content

The course is made up of three units:
Unit 1: Physical Environments

Atmosphere: global atmosphere and climate

Hydrosphere: global water cycle, with detialed study of river features

Lithosphere: selected British landscapes and their formation

Biosphere: natural vegetation change, ecosystems and soil types.

Unit 2: Human Environments

Population geography: population structure, migration and change

Rural: land use conflicts and their management, land degradation

Urban: change and management in LEDCs and MEDCs

Unit 3: Global Issues- using knowledge and skills from the Physical & Human Environments units to examine in-depth case studies from the Developed and Developing World.

Climate Change: case studies examining the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change.

Development and Health: case studies of development, health and disease.


Internal unit assessment: which tests your basic knowledge and skills for each of the three units. This is done under exam conditions in class time at the end of each topic.

External assessment: which is marked by the SQA consists of:

Component 1 — question paper 60 marks
Component 2 — assignment 30 marks
Total marks = 90 marks


Homework is an important part of the course and you must accept responsibility for completing the work on time and to the best of your ability. You will be given a variety of tasks to do on a regular basis.

Entry Requirements

Pupils should have attained, or expect to attain, a pass at National 5 Geography. Pupils that do not have these entry requirements (for example, those that studied History in S4) are welcome to discuss choices with Mr McAuley.

Progression Routes

Geography is a ‘bridge’ between the Arts and Sciences and Higher Geography is recognised as a valuable qualification in both faculties of universities. A background in Geography is also useful in a wide range of careers, including work in environmental sciences, civil engineering, marketing and design, tourism, surveying, planning and architecture, teaching, conservation, transport, the civil service, agriculture and geophysics.

For further information please contact - Mr. J. McAuley, PT Geography.