Leaving cert Geography is quite a big course and is based on a variety of topics. It is recommended that you have a good grasp on English as the answers in the written exam are essay based. As a result of the essay style layout, timing is quite important. Correctors are instructed to look for ‘SRPs’ (Single Relevant Points) in your essay – each being worth 2 marks.

In addition to a written exam, you are required to submit a geographical investigation worth 20% of your final grade.

Exam Layout?
– Geographical Investigation Report (20%)
– Written Paper (80%) 2hrs 50 mins – consisting of three parts
– Part 1: 10/12 Short Questions. (25 mins, 80 marks)

– Part 2: Essay style questions (detailed below) (1 Question in each Section). 30 mins MAX on each question (80 marks).
– Part 2: Section 1: Physical Geography (Q1, Q2, Q3 – Pick one)
– Part 2: Section 2: Regional Geography (Q4, Q5, Q6 – Pick one)
– Part 2: Section 3: Human Elective (Q7, Q8, Q9 – Pick one) OR Economic Elective (Q10, Q11, Q12 – Pick one)

– Part 3: (1/4 on chosen option). 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)

Download the leaving cert Geography syllabus here
Download the leaving cert Geography Chief examiner’s report (2012) here
Download the leaving cert Geography Guidlines for Teachers here