Course Outline 

The S3 Geography course aims to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the Earth, places, people and events, studying how people affect their environment and how the environment influences them.

This topical and challenging course for S3 is packed with up-to-date, real-life case studies that motivate and absorb pupils, and use Scottish and wider-world examples throughout. There is an investigative approach to geographical issues and topics which encourages pupils to work independently. In addition, a range of engaging exercises help pupils build vital geographical skills and specific activities develop literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Course Content

There are three units within the course and these are outlined below:

Unit 1:  Global Environmental
Covers topics such as: climate change, the impact of human activity on the natural environment, environmental hazards, trade & globalisation, tourism, development and health.

Unit 2: Human Environments
Compares developed and developing countries and the issues studied will include health, education, crime, housing, environmental quality, recent urban and rural change.

Unit 3: Geography Physical Environments within the UK (including mapping)
The landscape types studied can be chosen from: glaciated upland, limestone, coastlines of erosion and deposition and river landscapes.

Additional Information

Pupil’s classwork and homework will be regularly monitored and assessed throughout the year against CfE assessment criteria. Pupils are given group and individual feedback following assessments on their progress and advice on how to improve.

After completing the S3 geography course you will have the opportunity to further develop these skills at National 4 and National 5 with a view to completing a Higher Geography qualification in S5.

Geography is accepted by all colleges and universities as an entrance qualification and counts as a Science or Arts subject in most cases. Many types of employment use the skills gained and some examples of career paths are outlined below. 


Geography pairs well with other subjects. Here are a few ideas for potential career paths or futher study:

Geography with... Potential Careers
Art & Design/CDT Advertising; Cartography; Landscape Architecture
Science (Biology/ Chemistry) Agriculture; Environmental Health; Nature Conservation
English/History Law; Journalism; Banking; Business; Civil Service
Modern Languages Business; Overseas Marketing; Leisure & Tourism
Maths/Science (Physics) Civil Engineering; Energy Production; Mining; Geology
Other Subjects (e.g. PE) Sport & Recreation Management; Social & Youth Work

For further information please contact Mr J McAuley, PT Geography.