OCR A level – Year 12

Welcome to the OCR A level Geography page. Here you will find information on the course as well as links to suggested further reading. If you require further information please contact Mr Cook or Mr Monteith.

We follow the OCR Geography A Level course at Gordonstoun. It is worth taking the time to look through the topics you will be studying this year, such as Glaciation and Changing Spaces, as well as future topics such as Global Connections and the Independent Investigation topic. More specific details of the topics that we study can be found here.

For each of the topics below links have been included to lesson resources and extra reading. These should be used in conjunction with the text book and material discussed in class.

World map showing ACs, EDCs and LIDCs

OCR AS Webinar + Slides

Lower Sixth Revision

Guidance on writing essays in Geography ; AO1 / AO2 guidance

Disease Dilemmas

1 – COVID-19: Johns Hopkins dashboard; Global air pollution falls; COVID-19 and social inequality; COVID-19 and ethnic minorities; COVID-19 and race; COVID-19 and place; September 2020 COVID update; Extinction: the facts – link not available but search on BBC iPlayer!


Health map; Global cause of death; Global health: diseases; Climatic influences ; Burden of disease

WHO: Factors influencing the control of Infectious Disease


Interactive mapmaker; Comparing diseases (GBD)

2 – Scheme of Work

3 – Classification and distribution of disease

4 – Hagerstrand’s Model’s model: Disease diffusion ; Ebola diffusion

5 – Physical factors effecting diseases:

Climate change in drylands; Dengue Fever; Malaria (BBC Bitesize); El Nino; Climate change; Drivers of zoonotic diseases; Climate change and disease in Africa; Health and ENSO (WHO) ; Resurgence of Malaria (BBC); WHO: Disease and Drought; Emerging infectious diseases; Climate change and disease ; Monsoons and diseaseNotes

Possible impacts of climate change on changing risks from vector-borne diseases illustrated using possible impacts on Canada as an example. VBD = vector-borne disease, WNV = West Nile virus, CSV = California serogroup viruses, RVF = Rift valley fever, JE = Japanese encephalitis, EEE = eastern equine encephalitis, La Crosse = La Crosse encephalitis, HME = human monocytic ehrlichiosis.

6 – Bangladesh floods 2007 CASE STUDY: WHO: Flooding and communicable disease; Causes and consequences ; Diarrhoea incidence ; Disease outbreak ; Report on the floods (UNICEF) ; UNICEF flood summary; WHO: diseases following disasters; Using GIS to mitigate effects of disasters

7 – Epidemiological transition; Health transition in Africa (WHO) ; DoA found in LIDCs ; Economist article: ‘The shifting burden’Epidemics following disasters ; Uganda’s burden at a glance; Lecture on Uganda’s health transition

8 – Air pollution in India and Cancer: Article on Indian air pollution; Real time map of Indian air pollution; Comparing India’s pollution and regulation; Economic consequences of air pollution; Diwali air pollution spike ; BBC air pollution article (causes 1:6 deaths) ; TED: Air pollution in China; What is PM2.5?; Causes of Air pollution in Delhi; India’s burden of disease due to air pollution (DALYs) ; Journey around Delhi (pollution video) ; Rickshaw journey pollution video ; Economic impact on India’s air pollution
Diseases of Poverty: ‘the 10/90 gap’ ; Managing Infant mortality in Mali

9 – Communicable Disease: MALARIA; WHO – Malaria site; Malaria incidence ; Malaria Prevalence in Ethiopia ;Malaria control in Ethiopia ; Changes to malaria incidence; Mutant mosquitoes!; WHO Malaria in Ethiopia ; Malaria control (including IVM) ; World Vision: a NGO initiative ; Shrinking malaria map ; PMI ; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ; Malaria vaccine; Malaria from monkeys; A3 sheet ; Disease mitigation essay plan

10 – Non-Communicable Disease: Cancer in the UK; The Glasgow effect; UK Cancer statistics; UK Cancer e-map ; Cancer Atlas: disease burden ; Rising UK mortality rates January 2018 ; Child obesity; A3 Cancer sheet; Causes of cancer

11 – The World Health Organisation: WHO resources; WHO website; Who is WHO?; eHealth at WHO; Global strategy on diet, inactivity and health; Strategy to reduce alcohol abuse; Strategy to reduce NCDs; Global strategies for reduction of disease; Management of H1N1 2009 ;H1N1 patterns ; WHO strategies

12 – The British Red Cross and the Haiti cholera epidemic ; Red Cross in Haiti ; Red Cross black hole

13 – Barriers to disease and mitigation; The Global Fund: AIDS; $75 ARVs per person/yr in South Africa (2017) ; Stephen Fry: HIV and me ; 90 90 90 

14 – Disease eradication; Discovery of asprin ; Is it possible to eradicate all diseases? ; Eradicating diseases (economist) ; Small pox eradication ; Polio in Nigeria; WHO: Polio; 7 diseases on the cusp of eradication

Ebola outbreak: DRC (May 2018) ; Ebola: preparation?

Global Transport Networks and Infectious Disease Spread

REVISION ; Sample Debates paper ; Sample Synoptic Questions (16 Marks AO1: 8; AO2: 8) ; Disease knowledge test

Hazardous Earth

Scheme of Work

1- Structure of the Earth, continental drift and plate tectonics evidence 

1b – What is the difference between the crust and Lithosphere.

2 – Plate boundaries. Excellent video on plate tectonic processes.

2.1 – Plate boundaries booklet with links to complete

3 – Volcanoes 3.1 – Types of volcanoes worksheets

3.2 – Hot spot volcanism

3.3 – Supervolcanoes

3.4 – Volcanic hazards 3.5- What was it like in Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted?

4. – Seismicity 4.1 – Landforms and landscapes associated with earthquakes

4.2 – Types of hazards caused by earthquakes

5 – Impacts of volcanic eruptions: Mount Ontake, Japan case study

5.1 – Impacts of volcanic eruptions: Merapi, Indonesia case study

6 – Strategies to manage volcanic eruptions – Japan and Indonesia case study 6.1 Japan and Indonesia management internet links to follow

7- Impacts and management of an earthquake in an AC – Tohoku, Japan earthquake, 2011 7.1 – Case study to complete 7.2 – Links about how Japan mitigates and manages earthquakes. Reducing vulnerability, increasing resilience.

8 – Impacts and management of an earthquake in an LIDC – Nepal Gorkha earthquake 2015

9 – Disaster risk equation and Park’s model of disaster recovery.

9.1 – 2017 update to volcano fatality database – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ot4XOGf0sYx2_M27rRyy5H8TvsjmW3qz3hCoyWTJtHQ/edit?usp=drivesdk

10. Response to future tectonic activity 10.1Are risks from hazards increasing – Prof Dave Petley lecture notes? 10.2 Articles to read

Revision for Hazardous Earth

Revision ticklist

SENECA online questions and quizs – courses linked to Hazardous Earth section

Popular Volcanics Podcasts – Episode 1 covers the types and characteristics of volcanoes.


A3 Key processes revision sheet

Exam questions

Example essay answers

Revision folder

ARCgis storymaps on tectonic processes

Structure scripts to help plan out an essay.

Practice Hazardous Earth questions – includes 33 marks. Class plan of 33 marker. Practice Synoptic questions – 12 marks

Video revision:

  1. Great set of video on a range of topics: Hazards, disease and Governance

2. Effusive and explosive eruptions

Online Quizlets:

Whole topic quizs 1

Whole Course quizlet 2

Changing Spaces; Making Places.


1 – Introduction to Space and Place

2 – How and why do people perceive places differently?

3 – How does emotion affect people’s attitude to places?

4 – Globalisation and time space compression  4.1 The Economist Boston article.  4.2 Extra globalisation reading

5 – Formal and Informal representations of place

6 – Social inequality. 6.1 – READ THIS FIRST – Story map of Index of Multiple deprivation. IMD 2019 vs 2015 6.2 Task Investigating Census and IMD data with ARCGIS.. 6.3 Guardian article on how pollution impacts deprived areas more. 

6.2 Spatial patterns of social inequality task    6.3 World bank country profile for researching WHY variation in inequality between countries   6.4 – Financial Times on the deprivation in coastal towns in the England.

6.5 SIMD 2020 – How has SPATIAL inequality changed around Moray and Scotland

7- Government attempts to tackle inequality. 7.2- Professor Green documentary on poverty in the UK 7.3 Social Mobility Commission report on Government failure to tackle inequality7.4 – Social mobility report questions

8 Case study sheet to complete for Inverness compared to Lympstone

8.1- Inverness vs -Lympstone revision comparison main source. 8.2 Completed case study

9 – Global shift

10 – Comparison case study of Inequality: Jembatan Basi, Jakarta with Northwood California 10.1Northwood socio-economic data 10.1 – Quizlet on Jembatan Besi and Northwood –  DO MIDDLESBROUGH AS THE COMPARISON IN 2021!

11- Booms and Recessions. 11.1 Economist article on the North/ South divide in the UK

12.1 – Structural economic change

12.2 – Birmingham region case study – Structural economic change impacting a region

12.3 Birmingham Kahoot

13- Key Players in driving economic change

13.2 – UK government and McDonald’s as key players in driving economic change

14- Government and place making

15- Planner, architects and place making.15.1 Article on London as a 24hr city – FT.  15.2 BBC podcast on London as a 24hr city.

16 –Community groups and place making

17 – Rebranding and Regeneration 17.1 Players involved in the rebranding process questions 17.2 Rebranding questions

18 – Middesbough regeneration case study 18.1 Life in Middlesbrough clip

19 – Link to Inverness fieldwork folder. 19.1 – Pre-trip preparation work on SIMD 19.2 Post trip ArcGIS guide to putting data onto a map

20 – Section C skills and fieldwork questions

Revision material

20 – Keywords and definition for the Changing Spaces topic

21 – Course content tick list – Start here!

22- Revision mind maps based on the syllabus – Great for content revision!

23 – Practice Exam questions – Put your learning into practice!

24 – Example student essays.

25 – Changing Spaces quizlet

Glaciated Landscapes

Scheme of work ; SOW in detail

UK Glaciation map (GIS)

1 – Glacial Processes ; Glacier formation and processes (BBC) ; Last 4 glacial’s animation; Power of the planet: Ice

2 – Glacial Erosion ; Landform summary ; Coire an t-Sneachda

3 – Glacial Deposition

4 – Cairngorm summary ; Cairngorm ; Cairngorm landscape ; Geological history of the Cairngorm ; Map of the Cairngorm; Dulnain Bridge Roche Moutonnees

5 – Minnesota

6 – Glacio-fluvial Deposition

7 – Periglacial Landforms ; Permafrost introduction video

8 – How human activity changes periglacial landscape systems:

9. – Grande Dixence Project ; Grande Dixence.ch ; Grande Dixence Quizlet

10- GLACIATION REVISION; Geofiles – Maths and Physics tutor ; Glaciation knowledge test