Assignment overview

The assignment is worth 27% of your overall mark. It is worth 30 marks in total and your write-up time is 1 hour 30 minutes.

You will have to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills, knowledge and understanding to research and reach a conclusion on a geographical topic of your choice.

This may be linked to something you have studied in class, or you may choose to research any relevant Geographical topic or issue. It may be a physical or human topic, or a local, national or global issue. It could also be a topic of personal interest, such as a geographical development or change in your local area.

The Higher Geography Assignment has two stages:

  • Research and processing information gathered
  • Assessment: writing a report under supervision

Assignment topic

A good research topic for your assignment will enable you to gather information in different ways; this should allow you to process your data in various ways – such as annotated maps, graphs, and diagrams. Ideally, this research should be fieldwork-based to enable you to develop field study skills.

You can describe the information collected and explain it using your knowledge and understanding from your background research.

You can then use this information to reach conclusions, which are based on your own findings. This will allow you to write a report on fieldwork that was conducted first-hand by yourself.

Remember: you must have a clear idea of what you are trying to find out; this might be a research question or statement that you try to prove or disprove.

Think about the aims of your research or different viewpoints. This will allow you to focus on what you need to find out. Choose your assignment topic carefully as this will influence the information that needs to be gathered.