Level 3 and 4 Course Books from Bright Red

BrightRED BGE Course Books are the perfect resources for students in S1, S2 and S3. They have been specifically written to meet the new Curriculum for Excellence benchmarks. Everything needed for the broad general education is in our Course Books! 

These engaging, full-colour books will help students to develop knowledge and apply skills for learning and skills for life. Helpful hints are provided throughout the books in the Don't forget pointers, while there are plenty of opportunities to practice applying knowledge through Classroom Challenge questions and tasks. There are also What you know now summaries, which provide an overview of the knowledge and skills covered in each chapter and How does that work? introductions that outline the key content in each chapter.

These guides are invaluable for use in the classroom or for personal study. Be bright, be ready for Level 3 and 4 and beyond!

BrightRED Study Guide


Rhona MacLean

A must-have Course Book for students in S1-S3. Written to meet the new Curriculum for Excellence benchmarks.


978-1-84948-319-3, 240pp

An exciting, new, full-colour BrightRED Course Book for S1-S3 learners! Engaging and structured in an effective, easy-to-read format, this BrightRED Course Book for Level 3 Geography provides extensive coverage of the syllabus.

Written by subject experts to meet the new Curriculum for Excellence benchmarks, it covers all the Level 3 experiences and outcomes with some progression to Level 4. It is packed with worked examples and practice questions and includes a section on Earth Forces - a popular course choice at National 4/5 level. It will also introduce ‘command words’ such as describe, explain and evaluate. 

This Level 3 Geography Course Book will be the perfect resource for students in S1, S2 and S3 and can be used both in the classroom and at home.


  • Introducing Bright Red BGE Geography
  • Earth Forces
  • Glaciation
  • Empty Lands
  • Weather
  • Developed and Developing Countries
  • Mapping Skills


Download Homework Helpers document here. The embedded files are available for download below:

Excel Climate Graph

Hot Desert Survival Scenarios

My Weather Diary

My Site Evaluation Checklist

Shopping Survey

Teaching resources and additional materials are listed below and are available for download:


Page 12 – Template of the zones of the Earth diagram

Page 14 – Earth’s Crust diagram template

Page 17 – South America/Africa template

Page 21 – Plates of the Earth jigsaw


Page 28 – Composite volcano diagram template

Page 29 – Why not learn more about volcanoes by making use of this Monserrat Role Play from Juicy Geography? This could even be adapted for a more recent volcanic eruption.


Page 33/34 – This excellent interactive page from dkfindout will help you discover everything you need to know about earthquakes.

Page 33/34 – Easy introduction to earthquakes by BBC Bitesize.

Page 33/34 – More detailed information on earthquakes from BBC Bitesize.

Page 33/34 – Fantastic page for all your Richter Scale study needs!

Page 33/34 – National Geographic explains earthquakes

Page 33/34 – Witness 15 years of earthquake animation with this YouTube clip. Note how you can clearly see where the plate boundaries are. Look out for the huge earthquakes in Haiti and those that caused the Boxing Day tsunami and the Japanese tsunami.

Page 33/34 – Why earthquakes happen from the National Geographic.

Page 40 – Haiti Map template

Page 40 – Online Atlas

Page 40 – A week in Haitievents after the Haiti earthquake

Page 40 – Use this resource page link for this fantastic ArcGIS activity which focuses on the Haiti Earthquake.  Now use this link to the ArcGIS Haiti activity page and attempt to complete the questions. This is quite a difficult activity.

Page 40 – BBC report on why so many people died in the Haiti quake

Page 40 – Excellent British Red Cross slide presentation on the impact of the Haiti earthquake

Page 44 – Use this link to SF72 to find out what to put in an earthquake survival kit and much more!


Page 47 – Teaching Notes – Tsunami diagram template

Page 47 – Teaching Notes – Find out what to do in a tsunami by watching this Fiji tsunami procedures for schools with Iggy the Iguana!

Page 47 – Teaching Notes – Tsunami Decision Making Activity


Page 62 – U–shaped valley template

Page 68 – Fire and ice

Page 72 – Cooperative Learning activity

Page 73 – Follow this link to open the Scottish Outdoor Access Code leaflet

Page 73 – Click on this link to access the full, colour Countryside Code leaflet for England. 

Page 73 – Scotland has 2 national parks – the first to be created was Loch Lomond and Trossachs. Follow this link to find out more on the official Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park website.

Page 73 – The largest national park in the whole of the UK is the Cairngorms National Park. Follow this link to visit its official website.

Page 73 – Experience the beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park from the comfort of your classroom with this short promotional film. It will give you a good idea of all the activities on offer.

Page 73 – Teaching Notes – Now travel to the beauty of the Cairngorms National Park with this promotional film. How many of the wildlife species featured in this can you name?



Page 82 – You will find lots of excellent activities on this amazing site produced by the Rainforest Alliance such as virtual tours, colouring sheets, unusual facts and so much more. This site is a must for both students and teachers!

Page 82 – Introduce yourself to the world’s biomes with this clip from the National Geographic.

Page 83 – World map template

Page 83 – Climate graph worksheet template

Page 84 – Convection rainfall template

Page 87 – Rainforest layers template

Page 89 – Rainforest animals fact sheet

Page 102 – Ideas for Apps – Look up the App Store or Google Play for other rainforest app ideas.


Page 106 – Use this dkfindout site to find out what a desert is.

Page 106 – Learn about hot deserts on this BBC Bitesize page.

Page 106 – Find out some fascinating facts on the 10 driest places on Earth.

Page 106 – Find out about hot deserts with this summary from BBC Teach.

Page 106 – Watch the superb “Planet Earth” BBC documentary on hot deserts in short clips.

Page 107 – World map template

Page 109 – Climate graph template for hot desert

Page 112 – Desert landscape template

Page 112 – The Top Gear team set out to drive across the huge salt flats of Botswana in this BBC clip from YouTube.

Page 112 – The mushroom rocks of Egypt’s White Desert can be viewed in this excellent clip from BBC.

Page 112 – Quiz yourself on hot deserts with this link.

Page 116 – Animals templates

Page 118 – Missing person template

Page 119 – Ray Mears gives out great tips for hot desert survival.

Page 119 – Desert Survival – tips for finding water.

Page 119 – How to find water in a desert from Tech Insider.

Page 123 – Falconry in Dubai – ecotourism? Make your own mind up.

Page 123 – The Bushmen of the Kalahari are suffering a loss of land and their ability to carry out their traditional way of life. Find out why in this Survival International site.


Page 126 – World map template

Page 126 – Online atlas

Page 128 – Great YouTube clip from the National Geographic introducing tundra areas What are Tundras?

Page 128 – Tundra climate graph template

Page 128 – Excel climate graph instructions

Page 128 – NHS – what is frostbite and how to treat it.

NHS – what is hypothermia and how to treat it.

Page 130 – Tundra landscape template

Page 133 – Tundra animal template

Page 136 – Inuit summer and winter houses template

Page 142 – Alaska map template

Page 146 – Arctic Kingdom – Arctic Adventures – Link for ecotourism activity.


Page 161 – Wind rose template


Page 174 – Developed/developing world map template

Page 175 – Find out about differences in development between countries across the world from BBC Bitesize.

Page 175 – How well do you know the world? Do you know your rich countries from your poor countries? Play the Global Development Game

Page 175 – Use this fantastic Dollar Street page from Gapminder to compare families, income and lifestyle for countries all over the world.

Page 175 – Learn why we should not use the term “Third World” anymore from this YouTube clip.

Page 178 – Use this CIA World Factbook link to help you find data.

Page 179 – This link to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) contains lots of detail on a map of differences in levels of deprivation across the country.

Page 180 – The United Nations has vowed to end poverty in the world by 2030. Find out about these Sustainable Development Goals from their website.

Page 180 – This brilliant link presents the Sustainable Development Goals in comic format to help students understand them.

Page 180 – The World’s Largest Lesson website aims to unit young people all over the world and motivate them into action.

Page 183 – Link to the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

Page 184 – Find out about the pledge from the UN to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Page 184 – Educating girls in Ghana YouTube clip from the Department for International Aid.

Page 184 – To Educate a Girl – United Nations Girl’s Education Initiative.

Page 184 – Education Reduces Poverty in Ethiopia – film clip from the Global Partnership for Education.

Page 184 – How Education Can End Poverty – YouTube clip.

Page 184 – Ending World Poverty and Hunger – United Nations film clip.

Page 184 – Help your understanding of world poverty by playing this Poverty Challenge game from Christian Aid.

Page 190 – Planet Earth grid template

Page 190 – World Population Density Map

Page 190 – Great link to Worldometers to help research up to date population data for all countries in the world.

Page 192 – Use this website to research all sorts of information from the 2011 Census in Scotland and read about the plans already in place for the 2022 Census.

Page 192 – Want out find out census data for England and Wales? The follow this link.

Page 192 –  Look no further than this site to find out not just the population pyramid shape of any country you are interested in – but a huge amount of other data such as birth rates and Life Expectancy.

Page 192 – This fantastic site lets you pick any country in the world and watch how its population pyramid will change over future years. Great simulation which allows you to be in control.

Page 192 – Demography is the study of population. Are you a demographer? Try this quiz to find out.

Page 192 – Take this survey to find out how many babies you are likely to have! Baby–O–Matic.

Page 192 – Use this superb ArcGIS site to complete some research and questions on everything you could ever want to know on world and country population data.

Page 192 – The power of population pyramids explained by Ted–Ed.

Page 192 – Watch this short film clip on population growth today. Click the links at the top to access more population films from ined.


Page 202 – Explore facts about the Green Revolution with this set of slides from Mocomi.com

Page 202 – Watch this silent YouTube clip which focuses entirely on the work of subsistence farmers in Ghana. Notice how all the work is done by hand.

Page 202 – Subsistence farming and poverty in Ghana are explored in this YouTube clip.

Page 202 – Find out about the introduction of the Green Revolution in this YouTube clip.

Page 202 – Learn how an African Green Revolution could help the continent develop.

Page 202 – Use this link to the 3rd World Farmer Simulation game (remember though 3rd World is not a term we should use anymore) to help understand the difficulties of rural life in developing countries.

Page 204 – Learn about organic farming in Sikkim with this BBC report.

Page 204 – More on Sikkim, the 100% organic state in this YouTube clip from Skymet Weather.

Page 206 – Great resource with videos and activities which will help you learn all about the different types of farming found in the UK.

Page 206 – This Royal Highland Education Trust will help you find resources to learn more about farming in Scotland and even help to arrange a farm visit.

Page 206 – Learn about farming U.S.A style with this “Steaks are High” game. This is for very young children but why not think of ideas for developing a similar game for students in high school?

Page 206 – This link will take you to a number of film clips from the Royal Highland Education Trust which will teach you all about farming in Scotland throughout the year and the work that farmers do.

Page 211 – Farming simulation game.

Page 212 – Farming types by area map link.

Page 212 – Rainfall map of Scotland link.

Page 212 – Relief map of Scotland link.

Page 215 – Find out about the growth of agribusiness in the U.K with this BBC clip.

Page 215 – Bernard Matthews are agribusiness farms. Find out more about it with this link.

Page 215 – This film clip from Greenpeace summarises some of the issues with large scale commercial farming and Genetically Modified crops.

Page 215 – Want to see how your food is produced on factory farms? Be warned, this is upsetting and shocking.

Page 215 – Visit these entertaining cartoons from the USA on factory farming.

The Meatrix part 1      

The Meatrix part 2 

The Meatrix part 3

Page 215 – Compassion in World Farming aims to end factory farming and make farm animal welfare and care a priority.

Use these film links also Farm Animals and Us film from CWF and Farm Animals and Us 2 – film from CWF

Page 215 – Small scale organic farming features in this BBC clip.

Page 215 – Investigate Yeo Valley farm which is organic and discover games and recipes as well.

Page 217 – Investigate agribusiness further with this project. 

Page 217 – Use this link to find out about Hope Farm and its “6 Point Plan” Hope Farm brochure



Page 219 – Interested in where people migrate to from a particular country? Try out this great link. Click on the country on the left to find out where people are migrating to. Click on the country on the right to find out where migrants in the country have come from.

Page 219 – Use these maps from ArcGIS to find out about the growth of megacities from 1950 to the present day. Try out some of the activities.

Page 219 – This swipe map from ArcGIS helps us to see how much the world has urbanised from the year 1955 to 2015.

Page 219 – What is the megacity Mumbai like? Find out more on this Lonely Planet travel website.

Page 219 – This link will take to an extremely detailed geography website page detailing all that you could possibly want to know about Mumbai and Dharavi from Coolgeography. (Note – this is well beyond level 3 geography).

Page 219 – Rural – urban migration and the growth of cities feature in this YouTube clip.

Page 219 – Watch the growth of megacities with this short clip from The Economist.

Page 221 – Find out the top ten megacities in the world to help you complete your table.

Page 221 – Use this ArcGIS page to find the location of the top ten megacities (click on number 4 at the top of the map and zoom in if necessary).

Page 221 – Blank world map template

Page 224 – Film documentaries to help investigate Dharavi.

Slumming It – Episode 1

Slumming It – Episode 2

Page 224 – Life in the slums – Dharavi. YouTube clip from CBS.

Page 224 – Arguments surround the redevelopment of Dharavi! film clip.

Page 230 – Reality Tours of Dharavi                     

Is it weird to go on a slum tour?

Page 231 – Find out more about the Burgess Concentric Ring Model with BBC Bitesize.

Page 231 – Click here to find out about the Burgess Concentric Ring Model.

Page 233 – Check out live traffic camera action with this link to Traffic Scotland. How congested are our cities?

Page 233 – Check out the cost of Edinburgh property with this site. Compare prices in the centre of the city with those on the outskirts. There is a map on the website by clicking the “Explore Areas” tab to help you.

Page 233 – Check out the cost of Glasgow properties with this site. Once again, compare prices in the centre with the outskirts by clicking on the explore areas tab.

Page 233 – Research air quality where you live or for our cities with this Air Quality in Scotland website.

Page 233 – Traffic – a major problem in developed world cities! This clip offers an explanation of the “Phantom Traffic Jam" with Andrew Marr.

Page 233 – How one driver can stop a traffic jam is demonstrated in this clip. Should this be used to help manage congestion?

Page 233 – What are the causes of air pollution? This National Geographic clip tells us.

Page 233 – Edinburgh air pollution YouTube clip.

Page 233 – Dangerous air pollution in Scotland is highlighted in this STV report.

Page 235 – The death of the high street in the U.K is covered in this Channel 4 news report.

Page 235 – Changes on our high streets over time are discussed in this FT clip.

Page 235 – Primark and JD Sports buck high street decline in this BBC News article

Page 235 – Find out where you can park and ride around Edinburgh.

Page 235 – Locate park and ride places around Glasgow.

Page 236 – Check out the cost of Edinburgh property with this site. Compare prices in the centre of the city with those on the outskirts. There is a map on the website by clicking the “Explore Areas” tab to help you.

Page 236 – Check out the cost of Glasgow properties with this site. Once again, compare prices in the centre with the outskirts by clicking on the explore areas tab.

Page 239 – Try out this different types of home description activity from 3D Geography.

Page 239 – Green belts in England – worth investing in? Find out more in this YouTube clip.

Page 239 – View Edinburgh’s designated green belt land with this interactive map for City of Edinburgh Council.

Page 239 – Oxford – the new builds are coming! Building on the green belt YouTube clip.

Page 239 – Greenfield versus brownfield site development summed up in this short clip.

Page 239 – Use this link to the Ordnance Survey to investigate greenspace areas across the UK. (Click on the Greenspace tab in the bottom right corner).


Page 241 – This WHO cholera page tells you everything you could want to know about the disease.

Page 241 – Link to lots of sites on controlling cholera are found on this Stop Cholera link.

Page 241 – Use this link to view live incidents of disease across the world. Look out for cases of cholera!

Page 241 – Useful basic factsheet on cholera from Centres of Disease Control and Prevention.

Page 241 – Great link to Centres of Disease Control and Prevention webpage with a large variety of examples of cholera prevention posters.

Page 241 – Cholera campaign animation film clip.

Page 241 – Calling all budding doctors. How the body reacts to cholera is covered in this MSF film clip.

Page 241 – How to treat cholera and set up a safe hospital is covered in this MSF clip.

Page 242 – Online atlas to help identify countries with cholera – Online Atlas

Page 242 – Countries with cholera in 2015 – UN map – 2015 World Cholera Map

Page 242 – Click on this link to find the ArcGIS  Esri 2015 World Cholera Map

Page 244 – Three film clips on cholera  

The story of cholera     

Unicef Ghana cholera animation          

Red Cross cholera team in Haiti

Page 245 – Teaching Notes – Click on this link to find the ArcGIS Esri 2015 World Cholera Map

and this link for Cholera travel advice.

Page 247 – Is Britain eating its way to heart disease? Click on this interactive map to find out where the U.K.s heart disease hotspots are and much more.

Page 247 – Click on this link to interact with a human heart.

Page 247 – Use this NHS link to find out more about heart disease.

Page 247 – I hate heart disease – film from BHF

Page 247 – I hate heart disease – Emma’s story –  from the BHF

Page 247 – Cholesterol and heart disease – film clip from BHF 

Page 247 – Weight and heart disease – clip from BHF

Page 247 – Easy swaps you can make to get your five a day – clip from BHF

Page 247 – The link between heart disease and smoking is explored in the BHF clip.

Page 247 – Cigarette packaging hopes to burn out smoking! News clip from YouTube.


Page 260 – Online atlas and blank world map template.

Page 261 – Blank physical map of the world template

Page 263 – Blank physical map of Scotland template

Page 263 – Learn much more about our country with this interactive physical map of Scotland. Click on regions and mountains to reveal much more detail of our landscape.

Page 263 – Blank political map of Scotland template

Page 263 – Explore this interactive political map of Scotland from Maphill. Use the tabs at the bottom to click on political map.

Page 263 – Link to Scottish Local Authorities map of Scotland

Page 264 – This link to the official O.S. Mapzone site is THE place to learn all about O.S. maps. Practice four and six figure grid references, play games and find out what GIS by following this superb link.

Page 264 – Use this link to 3D Geography and try out how well you know your four figure grid references.

Page 264 – Geographyalltheway provides some activities to help understand four and six figure grid references on this page.

Page 264 – How to do four figure grid references by the Ordnance Survey and Steve Blackshall.

Page 264 – How to do six figure grid references by the Ordnance Survey and Steve Blackshall.


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Really delighted with this book - a really helpful classroom aid and a brilliant purchase.
Date: 8/10/2021