Pre Course Information for Parents and Guardians
A field trip can be a really enjoyable and beneficial part of your child’s school career. The FSC provides opportunities for schools and colleges to visit and work in a range of superb teaching and activity sites, inspiring young people while ensuring courses are always well-taught and safe.
The information below will help you to see what is involved on FSC day and residential courses and answer some common questions.
What to Expect
The short video below shows a taster of what your child can expect when they visit an FSC Centre:
Our day courses are quite similar to a day at school but most of the time will be spent outdoors.
Each day of the visit will be long, with activities from the morning right up until 8.00pm so lots of energy will be required but it will be rewarding and hopefully enjoyable. Students will have free time after 8.00pm.
Each Centre has well equipped classroom, a staff sitting room and recreational areas for students. Accommodation consists of a mixture of single, twin and dormitory rooms sleeping up to eight people. Bathrooms will be close by if the rooms are not en-suite.
Breakfast is usually served sometime between 8.00am and 9.00am. Before or after breakfast students will be able to make their packed lunch. The evening meal will usually be served sometime between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. Centres cater for special dietary requirements and hot/cold drinks will be available throughout the stay.
Inside the Centre
Each Centre is unique, so a virtual tour has been created of each Centre to show you what the accommodation, classrooms and recreational areas are like. They are located on the Centre’s web pages.
Examples of courses
Films have been produced to demonstrate what happens on some of our commonly taught courses. They can be found on our YouTube site.
What to Bring
The list below gives you an indication of what you will need to bring with you on a residential visit to an FSC Centre:
What to Bring
Frequently Asked Questions
If you can't find the answer to your question below please contact us.
Who are the FSC?
The Field Studies Council (FSC) is an environmental education charity dedicated to helping people of all ages to experience the environment at first hand; to discover, explore and be inspired by the natural world. As part of its mission FSC welcomes over 2,500 schools to courses in its 17 Field Centres every year. They provide residential and day fieldtrips for all key stages primarily in geography and science subjects. The FSC also run a programme of leisure courses for adults and reach many others through publications and community-based programmes.
Why choose the FSC?
Reasons to choose the FSC as a fieldwork provider.
What are the Centres like?
Each Centre has its own unique character and many are in historic buildings. They have been chosen for their location and surroundings. See inside the Centres with our online virtual tours of each Centre.
Residential Centres have comfortable accommodation in a mixture of twin and shared bedrooms or small dormitories. They also have a dining room, drying room and places for relaxation and recreation, both in and out of doors. Friendly, trained staff are on hand 24 hours a day.
What is the food like?
All residential Centres have fully equipped kitchens and dining rooms which serve plenty of good food. All day Centres have allocated eating areas. Visitors will be asked to complete a dietary preference sheet so that suitable options are available during their stay; vegetarian and special dietary requirements will always be catered for. We will also ask for information about allergies. Our own inspection team makes sure that we comply with all food and hygiene requirements.
What do visitors need to bring?
We try to go out in most weathers so adequate clothing and footwear is important. All of our Centres will provide a list of recommended items and a minimum of at least one spare set of warm clothing is usually suggested. Waterproofs and boots are available from Centres and our residential Centres have drying rooms.
How do I keep in contact?
All of the Centres have public telephones and email access to maintain contact. Mobile phones will not work in some of our more remote Centres and we do try to discourage the use of mobiles unless there is an emergency.
Please see the Centre pages for more information about each Centre and its location.
Does the FSC have health and safety procedures?
Our vast experience has given us the opportunity to establish effective policies which are reviewed continuously by the FSC Health and Safety Committee. Our codes of practice exceed government and local authority guidelines.
Field teachers are fully trained in first aid and group management. A qualified first aider is available at the Centre at all times of the day and night and all field teachers carry dedicated first aid equipment.
All of our field sites have been carefully surveyed and fully risk assessed and all Centres hold the Quality Badge (see below). Our Safety and Care Charter summarises what you can expect in all of our Centres.
What is the Quality Badge?
All of our Centres have been awarded the Quality Badge by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, demonstrating that they consistently deliver high quality teaching and manage risk effectively. This is a national scheme providing a recognised benchmark in both learning and safety.
Are FSC staff trained?
Every FSC Centre has a team of highly trained and CRB checked field teachers working full time, all year round. Between them they spend over 15,000 working days a year delivering fieldwork courses. No untrained staff will lead school groups in the field and our staff will always work within their own experience. All FSC field teachers are fully trained in first aid and group management. Staff in the Centres which carry out 'adventure' activities such as climbing, caving, trekking or watersports hold appropriate qualifications to lead the activities.
What about insurance?
The FSC has public liability insurance to cover our legal liability for injury to visitors or damage to their property. Most schools have their own insurance which covers travel and field trips.
Do I need to send medical details?
Medical emergencies are very rare during our field trips but if they do happen we are well prepared. All visitors will be asked to fill in a confidential medical questionnaire before a visit. All of our field teachers are first aiders and carry dedicated first aid equipment for emergencies and first aid during field trips away from our Centres.