Geography is a broad, interesting and very relevant subject, concerned primarily with the study of people and the world around them. A study of geography should help students develop a deeper understanding of their physical and human environment. Through their study of this subject, students should develop a range of geographical skills that should help them make informed judgments about issues at local, national and international levels.
The subject is taught in a variety of ways. Fieldwork is a key element of Geography allowing the students to develop their skills away from the classroom. The students are encouraged to participate in their own learning, to develop active study skills and to achieve at the highest level. Geography is an optional subject for students at both Junior and Senior cycle.
Leaving Certificate Level
At Leaving Certificate Level the Geographical Investigation (fieldwork) now accounts for 20% of the marks for Geography in the Leaving certificate. The remaining 80% is earned in the written examination which is 2 hours and 50 minutes long. Students must study Core Unit Regional and Core Unit Physical Geography along with one optional Elective. Higher level students must also study an Option.
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