Junior Cycle Geography

Junior Cert Geography covers a huge range of topics from third World Aid to Volcanoes. It's really important to cover all topics as you can get caught out in the short questions. 

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What's on the Junior Certificate Geography course?

  • Climate Change
  • Climates
  • Earthquakes
  • Economic Activities (Primary)
  • Economic Activities (Secondary)
  • Economic Activities (Tertiary): Tourism & Transport
  • Economic Inequality
  • Fluvial Landscapes & Human Interaction with Rivers
  • Fold Mountains
  • Geographical Skills: Aerial Photographs
  • Geographical Skills: Graphs & Tables
  • Geographical Skills: O.S. Mapwork
  • Glacial Landscapes & Human Interaction
  • Globalisation
  • Marine Landscapes & Human Interaction with the Sea
  • Mass Movement
  • Population & Migration
  • Rocks & Natural Resources
  • Settlement 
  • Soils 
  • The Earth & Plates
  • Volanoes
  • Weather 
  • Weathering

What's the Junior Certificate Geography exam like?

The first part of the paper is 20 short questions (60 marks) covering all areas of the course. In section 2 of the paper you must do three long questions. Each long question contains A, B and C parts. The exam lasts for 2 hours so you should spend about 40 mins on the short questions and 24 minutes on each of the long questions. 

Any tips for doing well in Junior Certificate Geography ?

The short questions examine all aspects of the course so it's best not to take short cuts by leaving out sections of the course. Make sure all your diagrams and sketch maps are clearly labelled. Make sure you know how to answer the question on a landform (rivers/sea/glaciers) as one of these comes up every year. Study each topic and then try to answer the questions on Studyclix checking the marking schemes as you go. 

Download the Junior Certificate Geography Syllabus

Download the Junior cert  Geography Chief Examiner's Report (2011) 

Download the Junior cert Guidelines for Teachers