S3 Geography

Geography is the study of people and places.  The S3 geography course opens up the world to our pupils and allows them to see the impact we have on Earth.  Local and global issues of topical concern are covered.  Geography gives pupils the opportunity to develop a variety of skills which will help them in many ways both in school and in the wider world beyond.  Describing places and explaining links aids their literacy. Handling figures and processing data helps their numeracy.  Drawing maps and interpreting them develops their visual and artistic skills.  Looking at places in the past also gives them a historical perspective.  By also fostering in our pupils a caring attitude towards our environment hopefully Geography can develop successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

The course is split up into three main areas.  Physical Environments focuses on landscape and scenery and how people use these areas.  Human Environments looks at topics such as population, development and change through comparisons between developed and developing areas of the world.  Global Issues considers topics such as climate change, environmental hazards, trade, globalisation, tourism, development and health communicators.

Pupils will be working on Experiences and Outcomes at Third and Fourth Level. The course prepares pupils for qualifications in Geography at National 3, National 4 or National 5 in S4.


Course Overview

The course gives pupils the opportunity to study both physical, human and environmental geography topics and consists of three main units:

Course Content

Unit 1: 

Global environmental issues covers topics such as: climate change, the impact of human activity on the natural environment, earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms, trade & globalisation, tourism, development and health.

Unit 2:

Human Environments compare developed and developing countries and the issues studied will include health, population change, environmental quality as well as urban and rural change.

Unit 3:

Physical Environments within the UK (including mapping). The landscape types studied can be chosen from glaciated uplands, limestone scenery, coastlines of erosion & deposition and river landscapes.


Within the course we use a variety of teaching and learning approaches including, cooperative learning, group work, class discussions, individual written work, presentations, debates and role play.


Assessment is an integral part of our teaching and learning process and we recognise that regular positive and constructive feedback is very important to help pupils progress. Pupil assessments range from short topic tests to extended written tasks, from project work to homework. Pupils are also encouraged to self reflect and are given the oportunity throughout the year to assess their own progress and set their own targets.


Homework is set  to support and consolidate classroom learning and can vary from pupils researching a topic for a report, revising for an assessment or looking over the work of that day's lesson.

Recording and Reporting

All pupil assessments are routinely graded and recorded by the teacher and the results are stored centrally, these results are used by staff to track the progress of the individuals and ensure that their needs are being met. Pupils also review their own attainment and are encourage to identify ways to improve their learning. Staff report formally to parents as per the school calendar, however any concerns about a pupil's progress would be raised our weekly departmental meeting. After speaking with the pupil, if need be we would contact home by phone or letter, discuss our concern with our Guidance and Support for Learning colleagues or indeed with the Senior Management Team. 

S3 Course Outline

Mrs Macnamara

Mrs Kemp

Due Monday the 22nd of February

S3 population homework

Mr McAuley

Miss Reid