Fieldwork for OCR Specifications

OCR A

The fieldwork programme is closely linked to Component 3: Geographical Skills included in the OCR A specification.
The programme of fieldwork will include at least one human and one physical geography location and topic. This will prepare students for the various questions in the Paper 3 exam.
The geographical context, and location of the fieldwork, will also provide valuable case study material for students.

 

Physical topics and skills for fieldwork investigation

Component 1

Living in the UK Today

  • Distinctive characteristics of UK landscapes
  • Geomorphic processes in the landscape
  • River landforms and processes
  • Coastal landforms and processes
  • Human management of geomorphic processes

 

Component 2

The World Around Us

  • Interdependence within ecosystems

 

Human topics and skills for fieldwork investigation 

Component 1

Living in the UK Today

  • Uneven development in the UK
  • Counter-urbanisation trends
  • Renewable energy sources at a local scale
  • Mechanisation of farming

 

Component 3

Geographical Skills

  • A full range of cartographic skills
  • Describing, interpreting and analysing using GIS
  • A full range of graphical skills
  • A full range of numerical and statistical skills
  • Deconstructing, interpreting, analysing and evaluating primary and secondary data
  • Assessment of fieldwork skills through the scientific method

 

OCR B

The fieldwork programme is closely linked to Component 3: Geographical Exploration included in the OCR B specification.
The programme of fieldwork will include at least one human and one physical geography location and topic. This will prepare students for questions in all three examinations.
The geographical context, and location of the fieldwork, will also provide valuable case study material for students.

 

Physical topics and skills for fieldwork investigation

Component 1

Our Natural World

  • Characteristics of distinctive UK landscapes
  • Geomorphic processes involved in shaping landscapes
  • Formation of coastal landforms
  • Formation of river landforms
  • Impact of human landscape management

 

Human topics and skills for fieldwork investigation 

Component 2

People and Society

  • Causes and consequences of contrasting urban trends
  • Challenges of urban living
  • Changing population structure and ethnic diversity
  • Mechanisation of farming
  • Food security at a local scale
  • Food security and sustainability

 

Component 3

Geographical Exploration

  • A full range of cartographic skills
  • Describing, interpreting and analysing using GIS
  • A full range of graphical skills
  • A full range of numerical and statistical skills
  • Deconstructing, interpreting, analysing and evaluating primary and secondary data
  • Assessment of fieldwork skills through the scientific method