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Biology

If none of the programmes below meet your needs, please contact us by phone, email or through the Check Availability form to discuss what we can offer you to suit your requirements.

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What is included in the fee?

  • Up to 6 hours of tuition, longer days can be arranged on request
  • Expert tuition, from fully trained staff
  • Use of facilities including workrooms, ICT and centre grounds
  • Established health and safety procedures.  All education staff are first aid trained & DBS checked
  • Access to specialist equipment and resources
  • Support before and following the course

Tuition is delivered by talented teachers, with not only an expert knowledge of their subject and field work locations, but a passion for the subject being taught. Our education team are DBS checked, and undergo a regular and rigorous training process.  All tutors have received training in first aid, risk assessment and water safety.

Course options This programme is designed to meet the requirements of your specification. If this programme doesn’t meet your needs, or you would like to make adjustments to one of our standard programmes, please contact us to discuss what we can offer you to suit your requirements.

All of our learning locations have been awarded the Quality Badge by The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. The badge is awarded to organisations that have demonstrated that they consistently deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences and manage risk effectively. This means that you will have to complete less paperwork when visiting our centre.

Edexcel A - Enhanced Fieldwork Techniques2 (1-3) day

Students will be introduced to practical fieldwork and will have the opportunity to practice a variety of qualitative and quantitative fieldwork sampling techniques for estimating the abundance and distribution of plant and animal species. The course will also allow students to apply investigative approaches and methods, safely use a range of practical equipment, make and record observations and gain an understanding of the roles and limitations of equipment and techniques.

This is recommended as a two day course content includes:

  • Systematic sampling (including line and belt transects and calculation of Spearman’s Rank): Distribution or Morphology
  • Random sampling (including a quadrat workshop): Distribution or Morphology
  • Stratified Sampling: Terrestrial Invertebrates (including capture-mark-release-recapture (CMRR))
  • Stratified Sampling: Freshwater Invertebrates: Energy and Ecosystems: Distribution

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest

Specification Links:

  • Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing (Post course)
  • Core Practical 10
  • Use of apparatus and techniques: (a) (k)
  • Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5 – Pre / Post course)
  • Topic 4 - Biodiversity and Natural reources
  • Topic 5 - On the wild side
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Edexcel B - Enhanced Fieldwork Techniques2 (1-3) day

Students will be introduced to practical fieldwork and will have the opportunity to practice a variety of qualitative and quantitative fieldwork sampling techniques for estimating the abundance and distribution of plant and animal species. The course will also allow students to apply investigative approaches and methods, safely use a range of practical equipment, make and record observations and gain an understanding of the roles and limitations of equipment and techniques.

This is recommended as a two day course content includes:

  • Systematic sampling (including line and belt transects and calculation of Spearman’s Rank): Distribution or Morphology
  • Random sampling (including a quadrat workshop): Distribution or Morphology
  • Stratified Sampling: Terrestrial Invertebrates (including capture-mark-release-recapture (CMRR))
  • Stratified Sampling: Freshwater Invertebrates: Energy and Ecosystems: Distribution

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest

Specification Links:

  • Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing (Post course)
  • Core Practical 15 and 16
  • Use of apparatus and techniques: (a) (k)
  • Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5 – Pre / Post course)
  • Topic 10 - Ecosystems
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AQA - Enhanced Fieldwork Techniques2 (1-3) day

Students will be introduced to practical fieldwork and will have the opportunity to practice a variety of qualitative and quantitative fieldwork sampling techniques for estimating the abundance and distribution of plant and animal species. The course will also allow students to apply investigative approaches and methods, safely use a range of practical equipment, make and record observations and gain an understanding of the roles and limitations of equipment and techniques.

This is recommended as a two day course. Choose 4 of the list below for a two day course, or all 6 for a three day course:

  • Systematic sampling (including line and belt transects and calculation of Spearman’s Rank)
  • Random sampling (including a quadrat workshop)
  • Stratified Sampling: Terrestrial Invertebrates (including capture-mark-release-recapture (CMRR))
  • Stratified Sampling: Freshwater Invertebrates: Biodiversity (including calculation of Simpson’s Diversity)
  • Stratified Sampling: Freshwater Invertebrates: Energy and Ecosystems
  • Photosynthetic organisms on trees

On a longer course, we can also include:

  • Mammal Trapping

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest

Specification Links:

  • Required Practical 12
  • Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing
  • Use of apparatus and techniques: (a) (k)
  • Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • 7.4 Populations in Ecosystems
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OCR - Enhanced Fieldwork Techniques2 (1-3) day

Students will be introduced to practical fieldwork and will have the opportunity to practice a variety of qualitative and quantitative fieldwork sampling techniques for estimating the abundance and distribution of plant and animal species. The course will also allow students to apply investigative approaches and methods, safely use a range of practical equipment, make and record observations and gain an understanding of the roles and limitations of equipment and techniques.

This is recommended as a two day course. Please inform us if you are following the PAG protocols. Content includes:

  • Systematic sampling (including line and belt transects and calculation of Spearman’s Rank) PAG3.2
  • Random sampling (including a quadrat workshop) PAG3.1
  • Stratified Sampling: Freshwater Invertebrates: Biodiversity (including calculation of Simpson’s Diversity) PAG 3.3

Choose one of the following for a two day course, or choose all more for a longer course:

  • Stratified Sampling: Terrestrial Invertebrates (including capture-mark-release-recapture (CMRR))
  • Stratified Sampling: Freshwater Invertebrates: Energy and Ecosystems
  • Photosynthetic organisms on trees

On a longer course we can also include:

  • Mammal Trapping

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest

Specification Links:

  • Practical Activity Group (PAG) 3.2, 3.1, 3.3
  • Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing
  • Use of apparatus and techniques: (a) (k)
  • Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Module 1 Development of practical skills
  • 4.2.1 Biodiversity
  • 6.3.1 Ecosystems
  • 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability
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Energy and Ecosystems1 day

Students will use field sampling methods to determine the distribution and abundance of organisms, they will collect numerical data enabling them to quantify the efficiency of transfer of biomass and energy between trophic levels.

Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing (Post course)

Use of apparatus and techniques (a) (k)

Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5 – Pre / Post course)

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest

Specification Links:

  • AQA: 5.3 Energy and Ecosystems
  • OCR A: 6.3.1 Ecosystems, 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability
  • Edexcel A: Topic 5 On the Wild Side
  • Edexcel B: Topic 10 Ecosystems
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Succession1 day

Students will use field sampling methods to determine the distribution and abundance of organisms in a named ecosystem(s). Concepts of primary and secondary succession, colonisation by pioneer species and progression to climax communities will be covered.

Students will explore how ecosystems are maintained and how they dynamically change over time under the influence of abiotic and biotic factors and collect data on a range of factors.  Students will consider deflected succession and the impact of management on a climax community.

Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing (Post course)

Use of apparatus and techniques (a) (k)

Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5 – Pre / Post course)

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest

Specification Links:

  • AQA: 7.4 Populations in Ecosystems. AQA Practical 12 (Random sampling)
  • OCR A: 6.3.1 Ecosystems, 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability. PAG3 (Systematic sampling)
  • Edexcel A: Topic 5 On the Wild Side. CORE PRACTICAL 10 (Systematic sampling)
  • Edexcel B: Topic 10 Ecosystems
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Biodiversity - freshwater1 day

Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a stunning natural location and explore the diversity of nature. They will investigate a named habitat using sampling techniques in order to assess the biodiversity of that habitat and practise identifying and classifying a range of organisms.

Sample data will be used to calculate species richness, evenness and diversity, including Simpson’s index of diversity. Factors that may affect biodiversity will be considered. The importance of carrying out baseline assessments in order to better maintain biodiversity will be stressed.  Opportunities will be available to discuss how human activity is threatening species and conservation methods used within the habitats.

Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing (Post course)

Use of apparatus and techniques: (a) (k)

Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5 – Pre / Post course)

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest

Specification Links:

  • AQA: 4.5 Species and Taxonomy, 4.6 Biodiversity within a community
  • OCR A: 4.2.1 Biodiversity, 4.2.2 Classification and evolution, 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability, PAG3
  • OCR B: 3.1.3 The development of species: evolution and classification, 4.3.2 The impact of population increases
  • Edexcel A: Topic 4 Biodiversity and Natural Resources, CORE PRACTICAL 10
  • Edexcel B: Topic 3 Classification and Biodiversity
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Biodiversity - terrestrial1 day

Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a stunning natural location and explore the diversity of nature. They will investigate a named habitat using sampling techniques in order to assess the biodiversity of that habitat and practise identifying and classifying a range of organisms.

Sample data will be used to calculate species richness, evenness and diversity, including Simpson’s index of diversity. Factors that may affect biodiversity will be considered. The importance of carrying out baseline assessments in order to better maintain biodiversity will be stressed.  Opportunities will be available to discuss how human activity is threatening species and conservation methods used within the habitats.

Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing (Post course)

Use of apparatus and techniques: (a) (k)

Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5 – Pre / Post course)

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest

Specification Links:

  • AQA: 4.5 Species and Taxonomy, 4.6 Biodiversity within a community
  • OCR A: 4.2.1 Biodiversity, 4.2.2 Classification and evolution, 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability, PAG3
  • OCR B: 3.1.3 The development of species: evolution and classification, 4.3.2 The impact of population increases
  • Edexcel A: Topic 4 Biodiversity and Natural Resources, CORE PRACTICAL 10
  • Edexcel B: Topic 3 Classification and Biodiversity
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Small Groups / Individual Students1-2 day

Small Group or Individual Student Days are offered across FSC London Region. The days are designed to bring together individual or home schooled students, schools with small class sizes, or students that were unable to attend a residential or alternative trip.

By bringing groups together we aim to keep the overall costs lower at £36/day per person, and you do not incur our minimum daily fee. For booking conditions see Information for Visitors.

Click here for a list of dates we currently have available. We add to this list on request. If you do not see the course you are interested in, please contact us.

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