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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.

Leaving Certificate Geography may be studied at Ordinary or Higher level. The course is divided into core, elective and optional units of study. Geography is assessed at Ordinary and Higher level. Students are expected to complete a report on a geographical investigation and to sit a written examination.

Geography Course Content

Physical Geography

  • Rivers
  • The Sea
  • Glaciation
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Weather & Climate
  • Karst Regions

Regional geography

  • Irish Regions
  • European Region
  • Continental/ Subcontinental Regions

Geographical investigation

Two Elective Units (pick one):

Patterns and processes in economic activities (elective)

  • Energy
  • Developing Economies
  • Multinationals and Globalisation
  • European Union

Patterns and processes in the human environment (elective)

  • Population
  • Urban Geography

Four Optional Units (pick one; higher level only):

  • Global interdependence
  • Geoecology
  • Culture and identity
  • The Atmosphere-Ocean environment

The Exam

  1. 1. Geographical Investigation Report (20%)
  2. 2. Written Examination (80%)

There is one written paper which lasts for 2 hours and 50 minutes. There are three parts to the written paper.

Part One

Twelve short questions where you will be marked out of your best ten. (25 mins, 80 marks)

Part Two

Essay style questions where you have a choice of ONE question from three in each section. (80 marks).

Section 1: Physical Geography (Q1, Q2, Q3 - Pick one)

Section 2: Regional Geography (Q4, Q5, Q6 - Pick one)

Section 3: Human Elective (Q7, Q8, Q9 - Pick one) OR Economic Elective (Q10, Q11, Q12 - Pick one)

Part Three (Higher level only)

You will be given 4 questions on your chosen option and you pick one. Each question will require you to write a single longer essay where you discuss three or four aspects of the theme in detail in 30 minutes (80 marks)

29 2023
Leaving Cert taught classes end & supervised study shared by class teachers in rooms 2&3 if required will be provided TBC
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2nd and 5th Years exams
31 2023
First Year Sponsored Walk followed by Summer Holidays
02 2023
School closes for Summer Holidays
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