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GCSE Case Study Questions - Rural-Urban Fringe

WARNING! These pages are now very old. Although I’ve updated the a little, the content really applies to an old version of any geography syllabus currently active in the UK.
I've kept them here because there might be something useful for someone and the general marking principles aren't all that different. But be aware that it's old and a bit out of date

Case study questions are a key part of geography exam papers.

These questions are usually worth between 6 and 9 marks. If you can do them well you can pick up serious marks.

The key to this sort of question is to develop your answers by explaining what you mean and to use case studies. Use an example even when the question doesn't ask for one - this should be your standard approach. Examiners are particularly looking for evidence that you really know about the place you're writing about. This means it's important to be able to match case studies to each question.

You could go through each question and write an answer for it. Another way of using these questions is to decide how you'd answer each one by brainstorming points. Make sure you can use at least one good case study per question.

The Questions:

1. Describe an out of town shopping development you have studied. Explain how the development could effect the central business districts of nearby towns.
(6 marks)
2. Both brownfield land and greenfield land are considered as locations for new developments. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of brownfield and greenfield land for a new development.
(9 marks)
3. Why are increasing numbers of people wanting to live in the rural-urban fringe areas on the edge of cities?
(4 marks)
4. Why might people want to live in new towns or villages in the countryside?
(4 marks)
5. How might development at the rural-urban fringe put the environment under pressure?
(6 marks)
6. New development often occurs at the rural-urban fringe. For an area you have studied, describe the developments which are taking place within the rural-urban fringe.
(6 marks)
7. Planners try to control the spread of urban areas by using methods such as new towns, greenbelts and environmental protection schemes. Choose one of these methods you have studied and explain how it works to try and control urban sprawl.
(8 marks)

You can use the GCSE Markscheme to help you structure your answers.

Remember: 3 or 4 developed points supported with a good case study is much more likely to score high marks than an answer which simply talks briefly about 17 different points.