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Biology Fieldwork

Leading Provider of Biology Fieldwork

Biology fieldwork within FSC started in 1943 FSC’s founders gathered at the Natural History Museum in London to realise a vision ‘to provide opportunities for school children to study living plants and animals in their natural environment’.

From that initial meeting the Council for the Promotion of Field Studies (now Field Studies Council) was born.

Over 70 years later, FSC is the leading provider of biology fieldwork, providing courses from primary level up to university. We have a range of centres though out the UK that can help you deliver your biology fieldwork needs. All of them have gained the quality badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom so you don’t have to complete as much paperwork when arranging a visit to our centres.

FSC is an Investors In People charity, our staff are the reason why schools return year after year to do biology fieldwork with us. Our trainee teaching staff spend more time in training than some spend in their entire employment at other organisations. They undergo three weeks of intensive training followed by a four week training period at one of our Centres. After completion of this they spend 9 months on placement before being able to deliver biology fieldwork as an FSC field teacher. The training doesn’t stop when they become a field teacher; FSC provides ongoing professional development including training from all the awarding bodies. Many of our teaching staff maintain close links to exam boards, becoming moderators etc.

FSC has formed some exciting partnerships to explore new ways to deliver biology fieldwork. For example,FSC and the Open University have developed a web-based system for collating data from student groups using mobile devices, even in areas without internet connectivity. Tailored to support the students’ learning activities, the Field Network System automatically presents a class set of result tables and charts, for the students to interpret and discuss in the field, rather than having to go back to the classroom to do it manually. The time saved can then be used to explore the subject matter in greater depth. FSC’s field teachers can also use the system to review the students’ biology fieldwork and personalise their support to meet the needs of each group.