Why choose Real World Geography

Peter Lydon and Tara Fitzharris, the expert author team, have completely revised Real World Geography to meet the demands of the Common Level classroom. This edition has a brand-new structure and student-friendly design, to make Geography more accessible and engaging. It has unrivalled CBA and exam support, as well as extensive opportunities for practice and revision. 

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A clear, engaging approach

  • Concise and simple language
  • Chapters are divided by learning goals, making them easy to follow, easy to teach and easy to learn
  • Eye-catching page layouts, designed to engage students with every topic
  • Easy-reference chapters on maps and aerial photographs
  • Revised structure with an integrated progression of topics and learning outcomes

Unmatched Exam Focus

  • Exam Expert sections and exam tips are written in response to the SEC sample paper and will familiarise students with what to expect in the exam
  • Questions in the Skills Book reflect styles of questions in the sample paper
  • Paragraph-style questions in the Skills Book provide scaffolded practice for longer exam questions

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Get students CBA Ready!

CBA Warm-Up activities build familiarity and clarifies the CBAs to give students the framework to complete CBA1 and CBA2 successfully.

Templates and advice for teachers in the Teacher’s Guide are an excellent source for planning out the CBAs.

Explains the big ideas

  • Explains key concepts and why students are learning different topics
  • Case studies give an important real-world context to the content

    CBA Warm-Up example



Extensive practice and revision 

  • Rapid Revision sections at the end of each chapter for focused study and revision
  • Quick Quizzes for regular practice and in-class discussion
  • Exercises that encourage active learning, pair and group work
  • Assessment Activities for differentiation
  • Skills Book with skills-based, exam-style questions
  • The Learn+ feature includes ideas for further research and project work

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Teaching package


Teaching package:

  • Student textbook with a revised structure, engaging design, CBA support and exam focus
  • Skills Book with a rich mix of skills-based questions and regular opportunities for student reflection and teacher feedback
  • Teacher's Guide with extensive plans and resources
  • Digital Resources that will enhance teaching and learning
  • Student eBook

Author Team

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Author Expertise

Peter Lydon is a Geography teacher at Wesley College in Dublin. He regularly delivers training for Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Geography and is President of the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland (AGTI). 

Tara Fitzharris teaches Geography in St Mary’s Academy CBS, Carlow. She has worked as an associate with the JCT and as a content editor for scoilnet.ie. Tara is also the author of our popular Leaving Certificate publication, Horizons.



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