Posts Tagged ‘OCR B Geography’

Year 11 – this is the booklet for your controlled assessment fieldwork to Hengistbury Head. Remember the booklet is for the fieldwork day and is to be completed in detail for you to refer back to when you complete the rest of the project.

Bear in mind the overall title at all times: To what extent is geology the main influence on the distinctive coastal landforms of Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Spit?

This needs to be broken down.

Firstly, you need to identify what the distinctive (unique, unusual) landforms are first, e.g. the spit is distinctive compared to other areas within a 50mile radius, the headland is distinctive because of its history, the marsh is distinctive because it is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and has a protected species.

Then consider what ALL the possible influences are on the landforms: geology, human influence (coastal management and the nature reserves), geomorphic processes (erosion, deposition, transportation). Try to weigh up and predict which factor you think will be most influential on changing the landforms.

You can argue the case that geology IS the main influence, or is NOT. So long as you can PROVE IT by collecting data / evidence on the trip and in your research. Your evidence must be analysed and explored using theory (e.g. link longshore drift to the type of geology, link the creation of the salt marsh to the presence of groynes, etc.).

Remember: fact, theory, evidence. Analyse, explain, suggest.


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Welcome to GCSE Geography!

This blog is a place for any student studying for GCSE Geography to find support. Here you will be able to search for resources from any lesson that I have taught over the past few years – just use the search button or tag cloud. It is all relevant to your exam board OCR B.

You can email my school address for support as needed: jdebens@eggars.hants.sch.uk 

Here is a reminder of the topics of study:

  • Unit 1: Rivers & Coasts
  • Unit 2: Economic Development
  • Unit 3: Population & Settlement
  • Unit 4: Natural Hazards

You will study these topics at different times throughout the course, which will vary depending on what year you are in – check with me if you want to know the order.

Year 11 –  This term we will be catching you up and revising Coasts so we can complete your Controlled Assessment project (worth 25%) at half term. This year will be hard for you – lots of new information to take on board, lots to revise – but it is all totally doable if you spend time at home using the resources, reading, practising exam questions, and using the blog. We are in it as a team and I will do all I can to help you. 

Year 10 –  This term we start with a quick look at ‘What is development’ before moving into the main unit of Population. Here we investigate population patterns and change. Problems of over- and under-population, and how different countries approach population management. 

Year 9 – This term is an introduction to the GCSE course and will build foundations for the next three years. We will look into Development, which underpins all Geography in terms of how places differ and how this has an influence on issues such as population, settlement, management of hazards, etc,. We will be building GCSE skills and practising techniques.


Don’t hesitate to ask for help at any point. But remember to use your own brain and own efforts first 🙂 Good luck!



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