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Examination Board: OCR Specification B                         Specification code: J385

Subject Content

Theme 1: Rivers and Coasts

The Water Cycle; River Flooding and Flood Management; River Processes and Landforms; Coastal Processes and Landforms; Management of Coastlines

Theme 2: Population and Settlement

Population structure; Natural Population Change; Migration; Land Use of Urban Areas; Provision of Goods and Services in Urban Areas

Theme 3: Natural Hazards

Distribution of tectonic and climatic hazards; Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Tropical Storms and Drought; Impact of Natural Hazards on People; Protecting People and Places

Theme 4: Economic Development

Measurement of Development; Aid and Development; Employment Structure and Development; Location of Economic Activities; Globalisation and Multinational Companies; Economic Activity and the Physical Environment


Detailed and up to date case studies will be studied to support these topics. The case studies are vital in developing an awareness of different places. Geographical skills are also practised and will be used in interpreting maps, graphs and other forms of primary and secondary data. Geographical Information Systems, new technologies and satellite images will be used wherever relevant.

Fieldwork is an essential and enjoyable element of Geography and as part of the course a residential field trip to South Wales will be arranged in Year 10. This will enable pupils to visit a number of case studies and to collect data for the Fieldwork Focus task.

There will be TWO examinations. The Sustainable Decision Making Paper is one hour long and accounts for 25% of the overall mark. This paper will investigate an issue concerning sustainable development and pupils will be given pre-released data in a booklet to study prior to the examination. The Key Geographical Themes Paper is two hours long and accounts for 50% of the final mark. This examination will assess pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the key themes listed above. The final 25% of the overall mark is accounted for by two Controlled Assessment tasks – the Fieldwork Focus task and the Geographical Investigation. These will be written up individually in allocated lesson time under controlled conditions.


Mrs E Creates MA BA