Do the characteristics of a river change
A comparison of Backstone Beck and
The River Wharfe
How much of my final grade does
this count for?
This is the only piece of Geography coursework
you will do at GCSE.
It is worth 25% of your final grade.
That is the difference between getting an A* and
a C, or a C and an E
It is marked by me and then moderated by the
exam board – so be specific about what you say!
All your work must be kept together and handed in in a folder. No
individual plastic wallets are to be inserted within the folders
It must be no larger than A4 sized. Any large graphs must be folded
You must number the pages of your coursework, including diagrams
All of the rough notes that you collect on fieldwork day must be
handed in with your final version of the coursework at the back of
Ideally word process your coursework – it will be easier and save
you lots of time!
Use geographical terminology throughout – a glossary of keywords
highlighted in the main text is a great idea.
Don’t worry about the word count.
How is it marked?
Applied Understanding 6 marks Marked throughout the
piece of coursework.
Methodology 6 marks Describing and justifying
the methods you used.
Data Presentation 6 marks Presenting the data
collected in a variety of
Data Interpretation 6 marks Describing and
explaining the data you
Evaluation 6 marks How well did the
investigation go? Any
Total marks available 30 marks
1.) State the aim of the investigation (look at the title on
the front of your blue booklet!)
2.) Why are you investigating “the changing
characteristics of rivers along their course” for your
3.) Why use Backstone Beck and The River Wharfe?
4.) Describe each of the 2 sites that we will visit – their
location (with maps), some background info, predictions
of what the river will be like and explain why you think it
will be like this.
Backstone Beck - Introduction
Where does the Beck begin and end? (Use maps and give 6 figure grid
What is the route taken by the Beck like? (is it straight/winding, steep or
gentle slope, altitude at the source and also the confluence with The River
Describe the shape of the small drainage basin around the Beck (you could
work out the area covered using the grid square method)
What will the climate be like up here?
What is the land used for around the Beck and why? Any evidence of
human activity? (Aerial photo’s of the area would be useful here)
What would you expect the river channel itself to be like here and why
would it be like this?
What would you expect the bedload to be like here and why would it be like
What would you expect the valley sides to be like here and why would they
be like this?
How fast would the water be flowing here and why would it be like this?
Now do the same for The River Wharfe site.
Maps from Multimap
www.multimap.com (select the old version)
In the search box, type in the postcode LS29
8TR (this is the postcode for school)
Then find OS maps and aerial photos showing
The River Wharfe site and The Backstone Beck
To copy and paste these, the easiest way is to
click the “print” icon, then right click and “copy”
on the map that appears. Then paste into Word.
Where is Ilkley located?
Map to show location of study sites
beach – site
Town centre of
Ilkley Moor Backstone Beck
site – narrow,