Geography Even though not many people describe themselves as geographers, geography is a very useful subject that offers many career options. Geographers work to understand the nature of the world and how environments and societies are changing over time, in order to plan for a better future. Geographers can be involved in tasks as diverse as drawing maps, planning aid budgets for third world countries, carrying out national surveys, and monitoring levels of pollution. There are many links between geography and the worlds of environmental science, urban planning, social science and economics.


Junior Certificate Course

At Junior Certificate, students have 3 periods per week and will work on the following:

  • Earth – Structure – plate tectonics, etc.
  • Shaping the crust – Rivers, Ice, etc.
  • Weather, climate, natural regions
  • Maps, photographs
  • Population Distribution, Diversity and Change
  • Settlement
  • Urbanisation
  • Economic Activities
  • Economic Equality – National and International
  • Field Study – Optional


The subject is assessed at Junior Certificate level as follows –

  • Class tests
  • Oral assessment in class
  • Project work/homework assignments
  • House exams
  • Junior Cert exam after 3 years



Leaving Certificate Course

At Leaving Certificate, students have 5 periods per week for 1 year and 6 periods per week for the other year and will work on the following:



Unit 1. Patterns and processes in the physical environment

Unit 2. Regional geography

Unit 3. Geographical investigationGeography3



Two Electives – choose one

Elective Unit 4-Patterns and processes in economic activities

Elective Unit 5-Patterns and processes in the human environment  

Four Optional Units – choose one

Option Unit 6-Global Interdependence

Option Unit 7-Geoecology

Option Unit 8-Culture and Identity Option Unit 9-The Atmosphere/Ocean Environment **Ordinary Level Students are not required to do the Option Unit**


At Leaving Certificate level, the subject is assessed as follows –

  • Class tests
  • Oral assessment in class
  • Project work/homework assignments
  • House exams
  • Leaving Cert exam after 2 years with 20% of this is awarded for Geographical
  • Investigation


Department Staff

Subject Co-Ordinator – Ms D. Dowds

Academic Staff – Ms M. Nelson

Academic Staff – Mr S. Baldrick

Academic Staff – Ms K. Whelan

Academic Staff – Ms S. O’Brien

Academic Staff – Ms F. McLaughlin


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