Year 11 GCSE Geography

Revision for Key Geographical Themes - 12th June 2013

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Students should also be able to read an OS map:

SAM learning is a useful tool to help students revise BUT students need to make sure they are revising the correct course. To find revision tools for OCR B GCSE Geography on SAM learning:

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Currently year 11 study OCR B GCSE Geography. The syllabus can be found here. Over the GCSE students study four themes which are examined over a range of assessments.

  1. Rivers and Coasts

  2. Population and Settlement
  3. Natural Hazards
  4. Economic development

GCSE Assessment

Sustainable Decision Making Exercise (January 2013) Controlled Assessment Key Geographical Themes (June 2013)
Back yard syndrome - why could the building of key settlements in rural areas be controversial?

Fieldwork Focus

Geographical Investigation

Rivers and Coasts

Natural Hazards

Economic development

The course is divided into three units.

  1. Sustainable Decision Making Exercise (SDME): 1 hour exam based on a pre-release booklet taken in the January of year 11 (25% final grade) which examines the Population and Settlement theme.
  2. Controlled Assessment (25% final grade):
    • Fieldwork Focus - 1200 word report which is based on primary data collectin in Norfolk (15% final grade)
    • Geographical Investigation - 800 word essay answering a question selected by student (10% final grade)
  3. Key Geographical Themes: final 1.5 hour exam taken at the end of year 11 (50% final grade) which examines three themes - Rivers and Coasts, Natural Hazards  and Economic Development.

Throughout the course there will be end of unit assessments so that progress can be tracked. These results will also be considered by teachers when entering students for exam tiers. Revision for these assessments is essential. General revision guidance can be found here and more specific information is available on the unit pages.


Revision is essential for both exams. General guidance can be found here and specific revision help for each of the topics is provided on the theme pages. Further revision guidance can be found here closer to the exam dates.