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Using Ordnance Survey maps


All three papers will have a question that involves the use of an ordnance survey map. The level of difficulty will depend on the paper.

What you will be expected to do

  • be prepared to use any sort of map. The most common are Ordnance survey maps at 1:50000 and 1:25000, but other types have been used such as road, street and tourist
  • be able to use the key of the map to identify symbols
  • use the scale of the map to measure distance
  • use the compass to give directions
  • use 4 figure grid references F/G or 6 figure grid references G/C
  • use a transect / cross section to locate places and land uses on a map
  • use your knowledge of the Human and Physical Environment to help you answer questions.

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