The Advanced Higher Geography course comprises of the Geographical Skills unit and the Geographical Issues unit. The Geographical Skills unit offers pupils the opportunity to develop a wide range of complex geographical methods and techniques including mapping skills, graphical techniques, and a range of statistical techniques for analysing and interpreting geographical data. The Geographical Issues unit is an opportunity for pupils to engage and analyse geographically relevant literature. They will also be introduced to academic writing and referencing techniques which are used in a broad range of higher educational institutions.  


Advanced Higher


1 Year full time


Folio Component 1: 

Geographical Study worth 60 marks 

Folio Component 2: 

Geographical Issues Essay worth 40 marks 


Exam question paper worth 50 marks

(2 hours and 30 minutes) 


Optional 3 day residential field trip costing £150 


Miss Strachan

Mr McNiven


Advanced Higher Geography is designed for a range of pupils, from those who wish to achieve a greater understanding of the environment and their place in it, to those who wish to progress to more specialised training, further education, or entry into a wide range of occupations. Successful completion of the course will see you developing an understanding of the ways in which people and their environments interact in response to complex physical and human processes that are continually changing. It is a chance to study course content which will enable you to acquire geographical perspectives on a wide range of environmental and social issues.  

By studying the Advanced Higher Geography course you will have the opportunity to implement a broad range of geographical learning techniques. The unique learning and teaching of these techniques in Advanced Higher allows you to experience the complexities, challenges and rewards that comes from pupil lead independent learning and research. It is a chance to experience a learning environment that bridges the gap between secondary level education and that of higher education. It is therefore a hugely rewarding experience for any pupil wishing to progress onto further education.  


Fieldwork is an essential component of the Advanced Higher course. As such you will experience the opportunity to take part in numerous field trips where you with will implement a variety of human and physical research techniques. Residential field trips are just one example where pupils studying Advanced Higher have the chance to gain experiences of a wide range of valuable geographical techniques. Such geographical research techniques include the following: beach profile analysis, micro-climate analysis, pebble analysis, slope analysis, soil analysis, stream analysis, vegetation analysis, environmental quality surveying, interview design and implementation, pedestrian surveying, perception studies, questionnaire design and implementation, rural land use mapping, traffic surveying and finally urban land use mapping 

The course and fieldwork opportunities also introduce pupils to geographical learning experiences that focuses on in-depth teaching of a wide range of numerical and graphical skills. You will have the chance to experience opportunities where the practical application of digital mapping techniques and complex statistical correlations are carried out in the field and at times sported by specialised independent instructors. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Entry to Advanced Higher Geography is for pupils who have achieved an A/B at Higher Geography and who have also demonstrated an ability to carry out independent learning and research.  

what will you get?

Your Advanced Higher qualification will demonstrate that you have secured a wide range of complex geographical skills and knowledge. It represents 32 SCQF credit points with the course be graded:  


The course is graded

A: Band 1, Band 2

B: Band 3, Band 4

C: Band 5, Band 6

D: Band 7


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


The Transferable skills developed in the course provide valuable skills and knowledge for pupils wishing to enter occupations and careers such as town and transport planning, chartered surveying, renewable energy, land and water management, environmental consultancy, development, tourism, conservation, demography, housing and social welfare.

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.