Geography - National Qualifications
St. Margaret’s  High School

Welcome to St Margaret’s High Geography Department
What is Geography?
Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.
Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography).
Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment.

Why study Geography?
By studying Geography, pupils are able to develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global and investigate the earth and its peoples. We study the features of the earth - such as mountains, rivers and seas - and how they were formed and develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving. Geography helps pupils to gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world

What we study in St Margaret’s High Geography department?

All pupils in S1 study Countries around the world such as Scotland, Kenya and Japan. Investigating different aspects of life in city vs life in the countryside, the main physical features of the land and also deciding why these countries are developed or developing.

In S2 pupils examine natural hazards and the structure of the earth.

In S3 pupils can choose to study the subject, as part of their national course which is continued into S4 National 4 or 5. At this level pupils study Weather, Glaciated uplands and Coastal areas (Physical topics) and also Population, Urban areas and Rural Areas (Human Topics). Pupils will also look at two global issues such as Environmental hazards and Developments in the Rainforest and Tundra areas.

If pupils choose to study Geography Higher they will then continue these topics and develop their depth of knowledge as well as studying new topics such as development and health, global climate change and biosphere.

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