GEOGRAPHY INVESTIGATION. This count for 25% of your final GCSE. It should be no more than 2,500 words in length and is completed by the end of September of Year 11. Your first chapter will be completed by April of year 10. Over the coming weeks there will be new pages to guide you through each chapter of your investigation.
Click on the link to see the 'Planning Sheet'.
Click on the link to see the writing frame for 'Chapter One - Introduction.'
Click on the link to see the writing frame for 'Chapter Two - Methodology.'
Click on the link to see the writing frame for 'Chapter Three - Data Interpretation'
Click on the link to see the writing frame for 'Chapter Four - Conclusion and Evaluation'

Click on the link to see a project written in 2002 'Spheres of influence of two Supermarkets' - pdf document.

Candidates should be required to develop a range of geographical enquiry skills (including where appropriate, the use of IT)

Ordnance Survey maps at all scales: (NB the map extract for Section A of Written Component One will be from either a 1:25 000 or 1:50 000 map): recognise symbols; find locations by four and six figure grid references; measure accurately straight line and winding distances; recognise direction; draw and annotate cross sections; generalise about differences in height and degree of slope; recognise simple contour patterns; recognise and describe fluvial, coastal and glacial features; describe drainage patterns and identify watersheds; generalise on the location, extent and distribution of vegetation and land use; describe and comment upon patterns of communication and the location, shape and pattern of settlement; infer human activity from map evidence; use maps in association with aerial/oblique photographs.

Atlas maps: describe and relate in a simple way generalised distributions of physical and human patterns.

Weather maps: describe weather conditions indicated by weather symbols, identify frontal systems and anticyclones.

Topological diagrams: read and understand inferences from simplified maps, including those based on time or cost.

Photographs: (aerial/oblique and satellite) examine photographs of urban and rural landscapes; describe main features and identify relationships; interpret satellite photographs and images.

Graphical representation: understand limitations and interpret a variety of graphs and distribution maps; construct line, bar and scatter graphs; pie diagrams. Sketches: draw, understand and interpret sketch maps, diagrams and field sketches.
Written evidence: to communicate information by means of the written word.
Any of the above skills may be examined in Written Component One and Written Component Two. The only exceptions are those highlighted in blue. The knowledge of specific vocabulary associated with specific syllabus topics will not be examined in Section A of Written Component One but may be examined in Section B as part of the syllabus specific questions. All maps and charts used in Section A of Written Component One will be provided with a key. In the coursework component, candidates should employ skills appropriate to the enquiry being undertaken.
Year 10 topics are Skills (Mapwork), Population,Settlement and Coasts.
Unit One - Skills. Skills are taught throughout the course. However we begin the course with an intensive revision of mapwork. View the topics you will learn in Skills.
Unit Two - Population. You are not expected to answer the question on population in the final exam. However, we feel this topic gives a basis for understanding Development and Interdependence, Industry and Settlement.View the Population topics.
Unit Three - Settlement. This is a major exam subject. It is likely this unit will form a basis for your personal study. View the Settlement topics.
Unit Four - Coasts. This is one of three physical geography units. The physical geography units and skills unit are in Paper 1. View the Coasts topicsCOASTAL IMAGES RESOURCE BANK
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