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Measure and Read Bearings

In this worksheet, students will construct and measure bearings

'Measure and Read Bearings' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel, OCR,

Curriculum topic:   Geometry and Measures, Mensuration

Curriculum subtopic:   Mensuration and Calculation Units and Measurement

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

When we draw bearings, we need to remember the three main rules.

  1. Bearings are measured from North
  2. Bearings are measured clockwise
  3. Bearings must have three figures.

It is incredibly rare that a question on bearings will be draw an individual bearing. Most of the questions will pull in multiple topics.


Example 1: Draw a bearing of 050.

Step 1: Draw a line directly up, this is the north line that you will measure from. Label this N.

Step 2: Place your protractor on this line with the North line lined up with zero on your protractor and the numbers going clockwise.

Step 3: Measure out the angle, a bearing of 050 is 50° on your protractor.

Step 4: Draw a line for the bearing and label the angle.


Example 2: B is on a bearing of 040 from A at a distance of 4cm. C is on a bearing of 130 from B at a distance of 6cm. Draw the bearing and measure the distance AC.

Step 1: The first bearing is from A so we draw a bearing of 050 from there.

Step 2: Draw another north line at B and measure the bearing of 130 from there.

Step 3: Draw a line and measure from A to C.

In this question, AC = 7.3cm. Don’t forget that you will get a margin of error if you are measuring. In this question, you would get the marks if you measured it as between 7.1 and 7.5 cm.


Example 3: B is 6cm directly east of A. Point C is 4cm from A and 5cm from point B. Draw a diagram and measure the bearing of C from A.

Step 1: We know that B is 6cm east from A, we can draw and label this.

Step 2: Use a compass to show all the points that are 4cm from A

Step 3: Use a compass to show all the points that are 5cm from B. The intersection of these two lines is point C

Step 4: Draw a north line at A, a line from A to C and measure the bearing

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