Geography in Junior Cycle
Geography is the study of people and their relationships with their environment It is concerned with helping to develop an understanding of the physical, social and economic processes which shape that environment.
To achieve that understanding, the Geography syllabus aims to introduce young people to a broad body of knowledge and equip them with a wide range of practical skills.
The subject is structured around a number of key geographical concepts which are studied in local, national and international settings.
The syllabus is presented in three sections, each based on a broad theme:
- The Human Habitat – Processes and Change
- Population, Settlement Patterns and Urbanisation
- Patterns in Economic Activity
Assessment is by way of written terminal examination and optional field study.
There are two examination papers, one for Higher level and one for Ordinary level.
The Junior Certificate Geography syllabus was introduced in 1990 and first examined in 1992. As part of the review of junior cycle, it is one of syllabuses currently undergoing a rebalancing process, in a move towards presenting all junior cycle syllabuses in similar formats.
Geography in Senior Cycle
Geography is concerned with the study of people and their environment. The subject will help students develop an understanding of the changing relationships between the physical and human worlds. Through their study of geography, students will develop geographical skills that will help them to make informed judgements about issues at local, national and international levels.
Leaving Certificate geography may be studied at Ordinary or Higher level. The course is divided into core, elective and optional units of study. Students are expected to develop important geographical skills as they study these units.
1. Patterns and processes in the physical environment
2. Regional geography
3. The Geographical Investigation and skills unit
4. Patterns and processes in economic activities
5. Patterns and processes in the human environment
6. Global interdependence
8. Culture and identity
9. The atmosphere-ocean environment
Ordinary level students study all core units and one of the elective units. Higher level students study all core units, one of the elective units and one of the optional units.
Leaving Certificate Geography is assessed at Ordinary and Higher level in ascending order of difficulty. There are two assessment components:
- Examination paper 80%
- Report on a Geographical Investigation 20%
This revised Leaving Certificate Geography syllabus was introduced in 2004.
Junior Certificate Geography Revision Resources
Useful Geography Websites
Geological survey of Ireland : http://www.gsi.ie/
U.S Geological survey : http://www.usgs.gov/
Scoilnet : http://www.scoilnet.ie/geography/
Climate Change Information : http://unfccc.int/2860.php
Standard Grade Geography : http://www.scalloway.org.uk/
Junior Certificate Geography : http://www.teachnet.ie/ajordan/launchpage.htm
BBC Bitesize podcasts
GSCE Geography Podcasts
AS Geography podcasts
Transition Year 2010-2011 Physical Geography Project
Mid Oceanic Ridges
Mount Saint Helens
San Francisco Earthquake 1906
The Destruction of Pompeii City
The Features of Glacial Erosion
The Pacific Ring of Fire
The River Nile
1L Physical Geography Internet Project 2011
The Process of Freeze Thaw
San Andreas Fault
The River Shannon
Crust, Mantle and Core
Mid Ocean Ridges
Mount Saint Helens