“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin,

“Geography prepares for the world of work – geographers, with their skills of analysis are highly employable!”

“Without geography – you are nowhere!”

The study of Geography can help you to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global
  • investigate the earth and its peoples
  • study the features of the earth – such as mountains, rivers and other landscapes – and how they were formed
  • develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world.

Where will Geography take me?

  • You are limited only by your own imagination!
  • Geography could lead you to exciting career prospects – geography achieves good examination results nationally and is one of the most versatile subjects.
  • Geography is classified as a physical and a social science subject in many universities

What will I study in Geography?

“Learning Geography develops skills for life at all stages of the curriculum. In Inverness Royal Academy we focus on investigative skills, organisation, literacy, numeracy and developing an appreciation of life in countries around the world.”

S1 – In first year pupils will learn about World Development. This unit involves information about population, atlas skills, a case study on Malaria and learning about aid.

– For the second half of the year, pupils will study France. Within this unit we take a look at various regions of France with reference to farming, settlements and physical features. Pupils will develop ICT, planning, investigation and map skills during this unit.

S2 – Second year starts with the exciting ‘Earth Forces’ unit. This topic covers plate movements, volcanoes and earthquakes. There are group projects and individual investigations as part of this unit.

– We then move on to study the diverse South American country Brazil. Pupils will focus on three areas – North East Brazil, Sao Paulo and the Amazon Rainforest.

– Moving on from the Rainforest, we will study the physical and human features of the Tundra and hot deserts.

Certificate Courses – As pupils progress through the school, they will cover a range of human topics (Industry, Rural, Population & Urban), physical topics (Atmosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere & Lithosphere) and Environmental Interactions (Development and Health, Rural Land Resources & Urban Change).

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