Geography - National Qualifications
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Physical Units

Weather             BBC Learner Guide and Video Clips

Within the context of the United Kingdom:
  • the effect of latitude, relief, aspect and distance from sea on local weather conditions
  • the characteristics of the five main air masses affecting the UK
  • Describe conditions and effects brought by air masses
  • the characteristics of weather associated with depressions and anticyclones
  • Explain weather brought by a depression
  • Explain weather brought by an anticyclone
  • Explain the impact of weather on scenarios (race, event, etc)
Landscape Formation: Glaciated Uplands and Coastal features                 BBC Learner Guide & Video Clips - Glaciation
                                                                                                                            BBC Learner Guide & Video Clips - Coasts

Glacial landscape - corrie, pyramidal peak, arête, u-shaped valley, truncated spur
Coastal landscapes - headlands and bays; cliffs & wave cut platforms; Stack/stump; sand spit/bar
O.S. mapping features- identify the above glacial or coastal landforms

Land uses - Glaciated area Cairngorms Case study
Explain the following land uses (from the Cairngorms case study or OS map extract):
  • Farming
  • Forestry
  • Industry
  • Recreation and tourism
  • Water storage and supply
  • Renewable energy (HEP & Wind Farms) 
Explain how the physical landscape “is” or “could” be used for tourism on the OS map.
Explain the benefits of tourism

OS mapping: Identify positives/negatives of a location (e.g. for an outdoor centre, wind farm, etc)Describe and explain:
  • the conflicts which can arise between land uses (above) within a glaciated landscape
  • the solutions adopted to deal with the identified land use conflict

Human Units

Population                 BBC Learner Guide & Video Clips

Physical and human factors influencing global population distribution
  • Describe population distribution (where people live and where they don’t)
  • Explain population distribution (where and why + where not and why)♦ factors affecting population change
  • Explain why BR & DR are high / low (demographic transition model)
  • Describe population pyramids
  • Explain population pyramids
  • Explain positives / negatives of developed population structures
    • Solutions / effectiveness
  • Explain positives / negatives of developing population structures
    • Solutions / effectiveness
Urban                        BBC Learner Guide & Video Clips

Developed world case study
  • Explain land use zones in Glasgow
  • Explain changes in the CBD, inner city, rural/urban fringe in Glasgow (including industry location factors)
  • O.S. mapping of Glasgow.
  • Identify land use zones on an OS map
  • Identify positives / negatives of a location for a new development (industrial estate, out of town shopping centre, etc)                                   
Developing world case study
  • Recent developments which deal with issues in shanty towns in Mumbai (including rural to urban push/ pull factors).
  • Explain why people are moving from the country to the city in developing countries (push/pull factors)
  • Explain the problems of shanty towns (Dharavi)
  • Describe ways they have improved the shanty town

 Global Issues Unit

Climate Change            BBC Learner Guide & Video Clips
  • Physical causes of climate change
  • Human causes of climate change
  • Effects of climate change
  • Solutions adopted to prevent climate change (Government renewable energy and x3 R’s)
  • Describe a map of climate change affected areas (mention countries and continents)Describe a climate change graph
Development & Health  BBC Learner Guide & Video Clips

Health – Heart Disease (developed), Aids (worldwide), Malaria (developing) 
  • Explain causes
  • Explain effects
  • Explain solutions and effectiveness
Developed and developing countries
Social and economic indicators
  • Explain why indicators of development are good for showing the differences between developed and developing countries
  • Explain the problems of using indicators to measure developmentSolutions: Combined Indicators of development or use several indicators

S3 Homework
S4 Homework

Homework 1 Weather                                                          Homework 1 - Rural

Health 2015 Homework Question                                       Health 2014 Homework Question

Climate Change Homework                                                Population Pyramid (W/B 25th Jan)

Population Homework (W/B 1st Feb)                                 Indicators Homework (W/B 8th Feb)


National 5 Revision

Practice Questions      Marking Scheme      Specimen Paper with Marking instructions

BBC Revision website

SQA Past Papers                                      
2014               2015              2016

Instructions                                      2014
               2015              2016