This course is for young people aged between 16 and 18 years old who are interested in biology.
This 5-day Biology Residential Camp is ideal for young people considering studying biology or ecology at University. Do you want to enrich your field experience and explore some of the possible career pathways?

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Ecology is about questioning how ecosystems work and the interactions between the organisms within them.

You will meet other students from around the country and use a range of scientific approaches to explore the complex relationships in a variety of ecosystems, this course will give you a breadth of experience to support your next steps.

Our residentials also give you the chance to develop a range of transferable skills. These types of skills help across many areas of life and are particularly good for including in job or education applications.

Here are some of the transferable skills that are likely to be covered in this residential:

  • Communicating with others
  • Working as a team
  • Managing your time
  • Keeping focused
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

If you are Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award participant, this course is also an ideal way to complete the ‘Residential’ section of the award.

We want to ensure participants get to share in their experience with those of a similar age. Please consider what age the attendee will be on the course date and check they fit into the age category when booking. 

If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.

When attending the residential dates which welcome 16-18 year olds, all participants will be expected to follow the behaviour and conduct rules which will be in place to safeguard young people.

See our Residential FAQs page if you’d like to know the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

If these course dates do not suit you, we run similar courses at many of our other centres.

Explore our range of opportunities for young people. Whether you’re looking to complete your gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, want to explore possible careers, or simply want to expand your knowledge of nature and the natural world, our range of opportunities and experiences offers something for everyone.

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  • A level student sampling biology in a pond

Example Timetable

Day 1 
Arrive-12.00
Welcome, show in and ice breakers, ecology immersion session.
Team session (team games/orienteering challenge)

Day 2  
Full day investigation into biodiversity in a local environment.
Workshop – data analysis/statistical analysis

Day 3  
Full day investigation into succession and its effect of plant distribution.
Workshop data presentation/GIS skills

Day 4  
Two half day sessions looking at different habitats and how to sample within them.
Campfire end of course celebration.

Day 5  
Participants undertake small scale local investigations as a progression of what they have learnt throughout the week. These mini- investigations will then be presented to the rest of the group.

Depart 15.00

Please note: to ensure safe and quality learning experiences for students, the timetable may alter depending on weather conditions and local factors at centres.

Before You Attend

What to Bring?  

  • Boots or wellingtons
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers
  • Hat and Gloves for warm and cold weather
  • Wash kit
  • Suitable clothing for the time of year
  • Small day rucksack
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle and lunch box

This residential is only open to young people who will be aged 16 - 18 years old at the time of attending.

We want to ensure participants get to share in their experience with those of a similar age. Please consider what age the attendee will be on the course date and check they fit into the age category when booking.

If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.

When attending the residential dates which welcome 16-18 year olds, all participants will be expected to follow the behaviour and conduct rules which will be in place to safeguard young people.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Mon 05, August 2024 12:00 - Fri 09, August 2024 15:00

    This residential is only open to young people who will be aged 16 - 18 years old at the time of attending.

    Location
    Preston Montford
    Price
    £389.00
    Tutor
    Field Studies Council Staff
  • Mon 12, August 2024 12:00 - Fri 16, August 2024 15:00

    This residential is set in quintessential Constable Country in the Dedham Vale AONB, Suffolk. A train station pick-up and drop off can be offered at an additional charge. This residential is only open to young people who will be aged 16 - 18 years old at the time of attending.

    Location
    Flatford Mill
    Price
    £408.00
    Tutor
    Field Studies Council Staff
    Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item