Madras College

Geography - National 4 and 5

Welcome to the National Geography Class. In the department you have 3 dedicated geographers who have a passion for their subject and who look forward to delivering geography at the senior level.

Mrs Barbour gw11barboughshonagh@glow.sch.uk
Ms Norrie gw11hamhannah@glow.sch.uk
Mr Clark gw10clarkjohn6@glow.sch.uk

 

We look forward to helping you explore the exciting geographical elements of the National course and supporting you in preparing for your course assignment and your final exam.

 

It is a rewarding course and embraces all that is good about geography - making connections with the wider world, understanding your place within it and keeping up to date with an ever changing and complex world! This page aims to give you a very brief overview of the course structure and includes some useful links to support material.

 

Study support classes are always available - arrange with you teacher. This is open to all Senior Geography classes.


N5 Course Structure

  • Physical Environments
  • Human Environments
  • Global Issues
  • Course Assignment (assessed by the SQA)
  • Final Exam (assessed by the SQA)

Course Detail

The course is split into 3 units; Physical Environments, Human Environments and Global Issues. Pupils will learn a wide range of geographical skills which will be applied throughout all 3 units. All three areas look at up-to-date case studies making the content studied topical and relevant to today's world.

Physical Environments (includes developing OS Mapping skills for all areas):

  • River Landscapes
  • Limestone Landscapes
  • Land use Conflict and Management (for both River and Limestone landscapes)
  • UK Weather - characteristics and causes of the key weather systems affecting the UK

Human Environments:
  • Population - Distribution and characteristics of both developed and developing countries
  • Urban - Developed (Glasgow) vs Developing (Mumbai))
  • Rural - Developed (UK Farming or USA Great Plains) vs Developing (Kerela, India)

Global Issues:
  • Health (Distribution of world diseases, HIV/AIDS in developed and developing countries, focus on heart disease (developed countries) and malaria (developing countires).
  • Climate Change (Features, Physical and Human Causes, Local and Global Effects, Management strategies to minimise impact/effects)

Assessment

  • End of Unit Assessment (each of the units outlined above has one assessment)
  • N5 Course Assignment 1 hour write up, under exam conditions (20 marks - 20% of final grade)
  • N5 Geography Exam 2 hours, 20 minutes (80 marks - 80% of final grade)
  • If pupils sitting N4, there is no exam, but 3 unit assessments and an Added Value Unit have to be completed.

Geographical Skills

The following skills are assessed in contexts drawn from across the course:

Mapping Skills related to Ordnance Survey Maps

  • grid references (4 and 6 figure)
  • identifying and locating physical and human features and patterns
  • measuring distance using scale
  • interpreting relief and contour patterns
  • using maps in association with photographs, field sketches, cross sections/transects

Extracting, interpreting and presenting numerical and graphical information which may be:

  • graphs
  • tables
  • diagrams
  • maps

Assignment

Research skills including fieldwork skills in:

  • gathering
  • processing
  • interpreting

Fieldwork

We endeavour to take our pupils out of the classroom and experience fieldwork. Given the current climate, we are unsure about the logistics. Last year, pupils spent a day collecting data on the River Devon for their course assignment.


Useful Resources

  • SQA Course specification with detail on each unit area and assessment details

  • SQA National 5 page

  • Microsoft TEAMS - All pupils have been added to the N5 Geography TEAM
    (all pupils have access to the MS suite when logging on via GLOW, word, OneDrive, PowerPoint, excel etc)

Progression

  • Higher Geography (then Advanced Higher Geography)

  • Higher Environmental Science