FSC | Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All


At this important stage of education, fieldwork at FSC can be carried out in complete confidence with experienced field teachers delivering up-to-date course content linked to Curriculum for Excellence requirements.  Our courses teach the 2015 CfE content at all levels.

A trip to FSC Scotland provides an opportunity to cover key material from the Higher specifications and gives students an opportunity to apply skills of scientific inquiry and related biological knowledge and understanding to plan and conduct an investigation in a variety of environments.

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Higher Biology day

Linking to Sustainability and Interdependence students will investigate biodiversity and its threats such as invasive species and pollution. Ecological examples around the centre such as freshwater pollution on the River Ardle, the impact of introduced Rhododendron ponticumon biodiversity and a comparison of coniferous and deciduous woodlands are possible investigations. Linking to Metabolism and Survival, students will investigate the changing metabolic rate of aquatic organisms in response to external abiotic factors, such as barnacle feeding rate at Millport. 

Field work days will follow the investigation structure in which students create an investigation aim and hypothesis followed by field work sampling in a nearby ecosystem. We will then display the data in appropriate ways and statistically analyse it where appropriate, conclude and evaluate our investigation. Students then have the opportunity to plan and conduct their own investigation for write up in their assignment.

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Higher Environmental Science3-5 day

The Environmental Science course has many opportunities for fieldwork and a visit to FSC Scotland will cover a wide range of material from the Living Environment unit, with the opportunity to collect data for the 20 mark Assignment.  Sampling is an integral part of fieldwork and students will be guided through a wide range of techniques such as pit fall traps, quadrats and sampling strategies. We also have camera traps on site to catch a glimpse of pine martens at Kindrogan or pole cats at Millport. Each day of fieldwork will have a different focus, such as energy in ecosystems, succession, and human impacts on biodiversity. With their newly gained fieldwork skills, students then have the opportunity to plan and conduct an investigation for their assignment.

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