The Geography department comes under the remit of the Curricular Leader, Mr R Beattie.
Geography Teachers:
Mr A Stevenson
Mr S Das

S1/2 Geography
National 4 & 5 Geography
Higher Geography

What is Geography?

Today, the importance of Geography and the significance of contemporary geographical research is clearly apparent when applied globally and nationally.   The world is continually changing and is repeatedly facing social, political economic and environmental issues. Geography examines how the physical world is shaped and how this affects human activity.   Geography is interested in patterns on the earth’s surface, what processes were involved in creating those patterns and the impacts of changes on people, the economy and the environment.

Skills in Geography
Students will build progressively throughout the course on the key skills of collecting, processing and evaluating information accurately.  Fieldwork opportunities will be offered in S3, S4 and at Higher to help students develop these skills.Students will develop skills in analysing information from a range of sources including maps, diagrams and statistical techniques.They will also develop problem solving skills as they are presented with real-life scenarios and are encouraged to work for sustainable solutions.

S1-S6 Course Outlines

S1 Geography:

Topic Timing Skills Covered Assessment
River and Map Skills August – December  Cartographic skills Annotation Field-sketching Numeracy Literacy Report-writing Cause-effect-response Exam technique prep Presentation Teamwork Diagram analysis Short assessment including map skills and river landscapes    River journey story    Poster display for flooding with causes, consequences and solutions   
Development and Atlas Skills January – April  Atlas skills Interpreting tabulated data Interpreting graphs Numeracy Presenting findings Describing trends Comparing data Drawing graphs     Mini Assessment based on interpreting development data    Poster on Canada or Nepal using atlas – directed research eg. rivers and mountains, 3 development indicators etc.    Group presentation on low technology sustainable aid   
Environmental Issues May – June Fieldwork gathering Teamwork outdoors Presenting findings Numeracy Graphiacy Cartography Processing data Environmental Report (with graphs and maps) of Hermitage of Braid fieldtrip

S2 Geography:

Topic Timing Skills Covered Assessment
Volcanoes and Earthquakes  August – November  Cause-effect-response Annotating scientific diagrams Modelling Presenting findings Report-writing Teamwork skills Case-study analysis Mini assessment on volcanoes    Research &  Report on an earthquake (emphasise causes and impacts)   
Climate Regions  December – April  Biome discovery- hot deserts, tundra,  tropical rainforests Interpreting graphs Numeracy Drawing and annotating sketches Climate change- cause, effect and response Interpreting data       Mini Assessment based on interpreting development data    Short rainforest assessment:        Brochure, blog or poster about a desert area    Climate Change presentation and debate
China-Land of Contrasts (topic in process of changing) May – June Case-study analysis Teamwork outdoors Presenting findings Numeracy Graphiacy Processing data Report on 1-child Policy 1979 Debate and analysis of HEP dam effect  

S3 and S4 Geography- National 4 towards 5

Course  Information   Class Resources  Home Study   Assessment 
S3/S4     N4/5 Geography topics     S3     Geographical skills   –  Coastal Landscapes   Population and Development Urban Landscapes- Edinburgh and Mumbai Glacial Landscapes       S4     Rural land-use and change in the UK and India Weather Prelim  Climate Change Assignment Health- malaria, heart disease and AIDs           Class resources are shared through Teams. There is a Teams group for S3 and a Teams group for S4. Resources are also shared on Share Point.     There are weekly revision sessions that last 45 minutes. On average, around 5-10 pupils come.           Useful websites:     BBC Bitesize  S-cool Geography  Pupil Materials     Useful Textbooks:     BrightRED Study Guide Curriculum for Excellence N5 Geography Intermediate Geography- 2nd edition Calvin Clarke  3.    How to Pass National 5 Geography: Second Edition Paperback – 29 Mar 2018 by Bill Dick (Author), Sheena Williamson (Contributor)  4.    How to Pass National 5 Geography (How To pass – Standard Grade) Paperback by Bill Dick.           Homework tasks throughout S3 consist of reports, posters and past paper questions including questions assessing their skills (interpreting maps and graphs).     Pupils are expected to have prepared two bits of processed data and an accompanying write-up/report for an Urban Fieldwork Assignment that accounts for 20% of their total qualification. The exam paper is out of 80 and the assignment is out of 20.     Pupils are expected to take their jotters home regularly and read around their topics. They are also expected to regularly consult their traffic light checklist for each topic so that they can self-evaluate their own progress.     Traffic light checklists for S3 and S4 are available on Microsoft Teams.     Mr Das creates revision booklets for all N5 and Higher Pupils. In these carefully created booklets are exam technique exercises and past paper questions designed to get pupils better at exams.  There are 6 assessments spread throughout year designed to prepare pupils for final exam.    Assessment 1- Coastal landscapes and Map Skills    Assessment 2- Urban and Population    Assessment 3- S3 Exam (all S3 topics )    Assessment 4- Weather and Rural Landscapes    Assessment 5- S4 Prelim (all Human and Physical topics)    Assessment 6- Global (climate change and health diseases) 

S5 Geography – Higher

Course Format



Unit 3 GLOBAL ISSUES Course Details

S6 Geography- Advanced Higher

Advanced Higher Geography Course Outline 

The course is divided into 3 parts: 

Part 1 – The Geographical study – 60 marks. 3000 words. We submit this to an external examining body to mark.   

The geographical study consists of your own fieldwork. This means going outdoors and gathering information, then putting into graphs, then analysing those graphs.  

You will also analyse different sources- for example primary, secondary sources. 

Examples of topics including traffic/pedestrian counts, soil profile analysis, measuring soil profiles.  

 You will be expected to evaluate your findings and perform statistical analysis in order to draw conclusions from data.

Part 2- the Geographical Issue – 40 marks. It’s a critical essay of 1800 words. It needs to be a controversial issue that includes varying viewpoints. It can be international, local, social, environmental and physical. You will be expected to undertake a wide range of reading. You should summarise and critically evaluate each viewpoint, as well as compare the viewpoints.

Part 3- The Question Paper.

The exam lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes. It is made up of 3 sections.  

Section 1- Interpreting maps – 20 marks 

Section 2– data-gathering and processing techniques – 10 marks.  

Section 3- data handling – 20 marks – for example you look at a table and you interpret patterns.  

Social Media

We have an active twitter- @BoroughmuirGeo. This is regularly updated with examples of pupil excellence and attainment.

Boroughmuir Climate Change Society

We also have the Boroughmuir HS Climate Change Society that meets every Monday in Mr Das’s Room 2-04.

Careers in Geography

Geography Graduates are some of the most employable people leaving University.

Various career opportunities include:


Climate Change Analyst


Emergency Management Specialist 


Geospatial analyst

GIS specialist 


Location analyst 


Pollution Analyst 

Remote Sensing Analyst 

Soil Conservationist 


Town planner