Our National Qualifications in Geography provide a broad range of flexible learning contexts covering physical, human and global geographical environments, and bring together the natural and social sciences.
The Courses provide geographical perspectives on important issues concerning the environment, sustainability and citizenship, and offer challenging, coherent and enjoyable journeys for learners who progress through levels. They encourage fieldwork and the use of local environments and the acquisition of geographical skills.
Available at the following levels:
- Geography common questions (224 KB)
Geography CPD Event Presentations
The following presentation was delivered at CPD events for the National 3, National 4 and National 5 Courses during session 2013/14. It can be used by Nominees to help cascade information to colleagues in their school, college or Local Authority. Equally, anyone delivering these new National Courses may find the contents of help in understanding the standards required.
- Geography QCP Presentation - Spring 2014 (2.07 MB)
The following documents, which are already published, were also referred to, or discussed, at the event:
Updates and announcements
- October 2016 subject update (265 KB)
- May 2016 subject update (188 KB)
- October 2015 subject update (301 KB)
- August 2015 subject update (92 KB)
- May 2015 subject update (188 KB)
- January 2015 subject update - Advanced Higher (486 KB)
- September 2014 update letter (328 KB)
- Special Edition Update June 2014 (152 KB)
- September 2013 update letter
Changes to assessment in National Courses
Following the Deputy First Minister’s announcement that units and unit assessments will be removed from National 5 to Advanced Higher courses, we are strengthening the course assessment to ensure it covers the full content of the course.
Units and unit assessments will be removed as followed:
- National 5 from 2017–18
- Higher from 2018–19
- Advanced Higher from 2019–20
Information for teachers has been posted on the National 5 Geography page.
Advanced Higher Geography Report
As part of the development of Advanced Higher Geography, SQA undertook extensive engagement with the Geography community as well as with the Geography Qualifications Development Team. We received web feedback on the draft Advanced Higher Course Specification, Unit Specifications and Course Assessment Specifications.
Our targeted engagement included some independent research into opinions on the current Advanced Higher Geography Course to help us determine the best way forward.
The independent report (1.26 MB) by Ashbrook Research and Consultancy gives us a strong evidence base to take forward the Advanced Higher Geography Course in a way that best meets the needs of Geography teachers, learners undertaking Advanced Higher Geography, practitioners in higher education and the wider Geography community.