Senior Phase (S4-6) Course Information 2017/18 Oban High School Vision and Values



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Moving Through the Years – Depending on how you progress, you might complete National 3, National 4 or National 5 in S4. In S5, if you can progress from National 3 to National 4, National 4 to National 5, or National 5 to Higher. If you are progressing on from National 5, you can move onto Higher. Higher is usually taken over a single year, but you may be able to take it over two years. In S6, from Higher, you can proceed on to Advanced Higher Geography.

Mixing and Matching – There may also be some integration between Geography and other subjects, namely Environmental Science which is run jointly by the Biology and Geography Departments. There is a good deal of overlap e.g. areas such sustainability issues in water use, waste management, food production, and energy use.

Geography and Your Career – Geography is widely accepted as an entrance qualification to both Arts and Science Faculties of Colleges and Universities and is increasingly a part of many new degrees relating to environmental issues. Geography would also be a useful qualification for careers in planning, law, conservation, transport, current affairs, tourism, forestry, navigation, ecology, teaching, environmental science, meteorology, geographical information systems, surveying, geology and many, many more.



Higher Geography

The main aims of this course are to enable leaners to develop:



  • a wide range of geographical skills and techniques

  • an understanding of the complexity of ways in which people and the environment interact in response to physical and human processes at local, national, international and global scales

  • understanding of spatial relationships and of the complexity of the changing world in a balanced, critical and sympathetic way

  • a geographical perspective on environmental and social issues and their significance.

  • An interest in, understanding of, and concern for the environment and sustainable development.

Geography: Physical Environments (Higher)

In this unit, learners will develop and apply geographical skills and techniques in the context of physical environment. Learners will develop mapping skills in geographical contexts. Learners will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the complex processes and interactions at work within physical environments on a local, regional and global scale.



Key topics include: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere.



Geography: Human Environments (Higher)

In this Unit, learners will develop and apply geographic skills and techniques in the context of human environments. Learners will develop research skills in geographical contexts. Learners will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the complex processes and interactions at work within urban and rural environments and the management of urban and rural land use change in developed and developing countries



Key topics include: population, rural and urban.




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