Key Dates

S1 – Pupils come to Geography on a 12 week rota and spend a third of the academic year with us. There are a number of key pieces of work which are assessed. The two main assignments, which are homework tasks are the Geography Passport completed within the first 2 weeks of each rota and the Scotsman Newspaper Report on “Flooding in Bangladesh”, completed about 2 weeks before the end of the rota.

 

S2 – Pupils come to Geography on two 6 week rotas over the course of the year. By the end of the first rota all pupils have completed the Volcano Report as an open book assessment (which requires pupils to do extensive web research at home) and an assessed Mallorca Tourism Broadcast homework, which is then recorded as a podcast. During the second rota the pupils research and complete a Tundra Role Play and a Hot Desert Poster as part of a group.

 

S3 – As part of the National course pupils sit three National Assessment Resource assessments. The Environmental Hazards assessment is before Easter and the S3 exam just before the timetable change. Written homework is generally issued one per fortnight, we ask that homework is signed by a parent/ carer to help maintain high standards and allow links with home.

 

S4 – A range of class assessments and SQA National Qulaification Unit Assessments as appropriate.

 

National 3

  • Physical Environments – Assessment completed by January
  • Human Environments – Assessment completed by March
  • Global Issues – Assessment completed by October

National 4

  • Physical Environments – Assessment completed by January
  • Human Environments – Assessment completed by March
  • Global Issues – Assessment completed by October
  • Added Value Unit – Assessment completed by November

National 5

  • Physical Environments – Assessment completed by January
  • Human Environments – Assessment completed by March
  • Global Issues – Assessment completed by October
  • Added Value Unit – Assignment completed by December
  • Question paper in May/June SQA exam diet

 

S5/6 – Intermediate 1/2 – There are 3 National Assessments (NAB’s) at Intermediate level. The first is in mid November on Physical Landscapes (Unit 1), the second is in early February on Human Environments (Unit 2) and finally Environmental Interactions (Unit 3) in late February.

 

S5/6 – Higher – There are 3 National Assessments (NABs) at Higher level. The first is in early October and is on Rural Land Resources (Unit 3), the second is in early December on Physical Environments (Unit 1), namely Lithosphere and Hydrosphere topics and the third is in mid-February on Human Environments (Unit 2), namely Population and Rural topics. Pupils must successfully pass all these assessments to be allowed entry to the final exam. Only one resit test of each unit is allowed under SQA guidelines.

 

S6 – Advanced Higher – It is very important that pupils stick to deadlines given by their teachers at this level. 70% of the course grade comes from an externally marked folio, similar to the expectation of a first year university student.

 

Exact deadlines will be issued by individual staff, but should follow the pattern below:

By September Holiday – Fieldwork topic chosen and all primary data collected

Late September – Graphical Presentation of Data Tutor Assignment

Early October – Section 1 of field report complete (draft)

Late October – Geographical Issues essay plan and complete

Late November – Geographical Issues essay introduction complete (draft)

Early December – Section 2 (research questions 1-4 write up) of Field Report complete (draft)

Late January – Geographical Issues essay main body of essay complete (draft)

Early February – Geographical Issues essay conclusion complete (draft)

Late February – Field study Interim Report National Assessment (NAB)

Early March – Field study Report (Final draft complete), Geographical Issues National Assessment (NAB)

Late March – Geographical Issues Essay (Final draft complete)