The study of geography empowers the person to explore and understand the world around them.
Engagement with the subject promotes a deep understanding of people and place. Students develop the skills to read their environment, enabling them to interpret the physical landscape, observe climatic events with an informed eye and discuss world events in a knowledgeable manner.
The new Junior Cycle geography course will be introduced September 2018.
Leaving Certificate geography 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.
The course is offered at both Higher and Ordinary levels.
Leaving Certificate Geography students must complete the following course of study over their two years.
1. A Core Unit of 3 sections (Compulsory)
(a) Physical Geography
(b) Regional Geography (regions around the World)
(c) Geographical Investigation & Skills
2. One Elective Unit out of these two (Compulsory)
(a) Economic Geography/Activities
(b) Human Geography/Environment
3. One Optional Unit out of these four (Higher Level students only)
(a) Global Interdependence
(c) Culture & Identity
(d) The Atmosphere - Ocean Environment
Ordinary & Higher levels are dependent on JC results as well as results throughout LC1.
Assessment will take the form of an end of 2 year written examination & a report on the geographical investigation.
- The terminal written exam is worth 80%
- The report is worth the remaining 20%
The terminal written exam will have both short & long (multi - part) questions similar to the Junior Cert. Essay type answers are also required (not in JC)