Woodmill High School

Geography Higher

Higher Geography:

Through the study of geography, and by gaining geographical analysis techniques, you can develop an understanding of aspects of the contemporary world. You will be challenged to look at the world in new ways, understand more about your sense of identity, and learn about different countries and cultures. You will develop an increased understanding of the environment, sustainability, and the impact of global issues. There is an emphasis on the evaluation of sources and you will develop your thinking skills. You will gain a wide range of important and transferable skills, including using, interpreting, evaluating and analysing a wide range of geographical information from thematic maps to complex graphs.

Our successful Department teaches a varied and stimulating package of topics in preparation for the Higher exams in Geography. We emphasise exam preparation throughout and keep parents updated with test progress on a regular basis.

The course consists of four sections:

The Physical Environments Unit


The Global Heat Budget

Redistribution of energy by the atmosphere and oceanic circulation

Causes and impact of the Intertropical Convergence Zone


Hydrological cycle within a drainage basin

Interpretation of Hydrographs

Formation of erosional and depositional features in river landscape.


The formation of erosion and depositional features in glaciated and coastal landscapes.


Properties and formation processes of podzol, brown earth and gley soils.

The Human Environments Unit


Methods and problems if data collection

Consequences of population structure

Causes and impacts relating to forces and voluntary migration


Rural land use conflicts and their management related to an upland or coastal environment within the developed world.

The impact and management of rural land degradation related to a rain forest or semi- arid area within the developing world. 


The need for management of recent urban change (housing and transport) in a developed and in a developing world city.

Management strategies employed and their impact.

Global Issues Unit

Development and Health

Validity if development indicators

Differences in levels of development between developing countries

A water borne disease: causes, impact and management

Primary health care strategies

River basin management

Physical characteristics of a selected river basin

Need for water management

Selection and development of sites

Consequences of water control projects

Geographical Skills

Mapping skills including the use of Ordnance Survey maps:

Interpretation and analysis

Using maps in association with photographs, field sketches, cross sections /transects

Research skills including fieldwork skills: gathering, processing, interpreting, evaluating and synthesising

Interpreting presenting and analysing numerical and graphical information which may be: Statistical, graphical and tabular.