At the Leaving Certificate Level, Geography is an option subject and presently half of students have opted to continue their study of this subject. The Leaving Certificate Geography course was revised in 2006 and currently the revised syllabus has a core, elective and option structure. In fifth year the physical and regional sections are covered (core section) with an emphasis placed on the elective (economic geography) and option section (geocology) to be completed in sixth year.
All students will build on and develop in greater detail the knowledge that they acquired during the Junior Cycle.
Geographical Investigation - Fluvial Study
The GI or Fieldwork is an essential part of Leaving Cert Geography, representing 20% of the marks. In general, the fieldwork is done as whole class activity when the class go to a particular river and carry out the fieldwork. Each student then writes up their own report booklet based on the information they gathered during the fieldwork.
Each year, the State Exams Commission decides the fieldwork topics (see relevant year). They select five different topics, ranging from physical to economic geography – the topic focused on at St Colmcille’s is the Fluvial environment.
Fieldwork Reporting Booklet
The report booklet is sent out to each school in January and this is where students will write up the fieldwork. The booklet limits the report to a 1000 words and includes the headings for each part of the report. See the attachment below for a sample GI Booklet.