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GCSE Case Study Questions - Tourism and Landforms and LIC Tourism

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 But be aware that it's old and a bit out of date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 are a key part of GCSE questions.

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. Conflict may arise between users of a National Park. Some users are:
  1. local resident
  2. walker
  3. quarry owner
  4. farmer
  5. water-skier
  6. angler
  7. second home owner
Choose two of the users shown above and suggest why there may be conflict.
(4 marks)
2. Choose two problems caused by too many people visiting National Parks. Explain how the could be managed.
(6 marks)
3. Choose a landform you have studied that has been formed by erosion. Explain how it has been formed. You may use a diagram(s) to help you.
(4 marks)
The same question could be asked about a landform formed by deposition of course.
4. Describe ways in which the problems caused by increasing visitor pressure in National parks may be managed.
(4 marks)
5. Explain how recreational use can damage environments in an area you have studied.
(6 marks)
6. The greatest recreational pressure on the environment occurs at honeypot sites (small areas that attract lots of people). Suggest ways of reducing this pressure.
(6 marks)
7. Why has the number of visitors to National Parks increased in the last 50 years?
(4 marks)
8. Select one method of reducing environmental pressures in recreational areas. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of your chosen method.
(6 marks)

Questions about tourism in LICs

The Questions:

1. Sustainable tourism aims to develop the industry without causing problems for future generations. Use an example to explain how sustainable tourism may help to protect environments and culture
(6 marks)
2. Describe the advantages that tourism beings to LICs
(4 marks)
3. Using examples, describe the advantages that the development of tourism may bring to the economy and people in an LIC
(6 marks)
4. Describe the disadvantages that the development of tourism may bring to an LIC such as Brazil. Use one or more examples from an LIC you have studied
(9 marks)
5. Explain how the natural environment might encourage the development of tourism in an area
(6 marks)
6. Explain how the effects of tourism can be managed sustainably
(6 marks)
7. Describe one example of ecotoursm you have studied
(4 marks)
8. Suggest reasons why people today travel to more exotic locations for holidays
(6 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.