Inspiring Future Geographers Through Fieldwork

GCSE Geography Fieldwork

An FSC GCSE fieldwork course offers the opportunity to complete the fieldwork requirements at GCSE. Fieldwork will be rooted within specification content.
Each of the two occasions of fieldwork will engage in two contrasting locations, investigatingphysical and human environments.
FSC can provide background information to assist schools in completing the fieldwork statement.

With the move from controlled assesment to fieldwork assessed by examination at GCSE, FSC has been working on ways to ensure that a students’ geography fieldwork course is fit for purpose and ‘exam ready’.

Complete All Geography Fieldwork Requirements

Learn and Apply Fieldwork Skills

FSC’s expert field teachers will lead the teaching in real world locations to ensure students gain the transferable skills and understanding associated with the six stages of the fieldwork enquiry process. This will help them with the geography fieldwork related exam questions which are worth 15% of total marks, covering unfamiliar contexts as well as student’s own familiar fieldwork experiences.

Develop Geographical, Cartographical, Mathematical and Statistical Skills

25% of the overall GCSE qualification is based on Assessment Objective 4; Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques.

Fieldwork enquiries will be rooted within the specification content, of individual awarding organisations:

AS Level Geography Fieldwork

An FSC AS Geography Fieldwork course can help to:

  • Cover a choice of specification content covering physical and human geography
  • Explore the role of the geographer in a rapidly changing world
  • Develop GIS, statistical and geographical skills
  • Meet the required 2 days of fieldwork during the field trip

AS Geography fieldwork is assessed by examination. Fieldwork provides the perfect opportunity for quantitative and qualitative skill development worth up to 30% of total marks.

  • AQA – Cycles, Systems and Changing Places
  • Edexcel – Place, Landscapes, Systems and Change
  • Eduquas – Changing Landscapes and Changing Places
  • OCR – Landscapes and Place

A Level Geography Fieldwork

An FSC A level Geography Fieldwork courses can help to:

  • Complete the fieldwork requirements of 4 days of fieldwork within inspiring physical and human environments
  • Give students the opportunity to conduct an independent investigation
  • Develop self-directed learning and research skills integral to the independent investigation
  • Develop confidence in quantitative, qualitative and specific skills

Students will be required to complete the fieldwork necessary with the skills needed to tackle their non-examined assessment. During an FSC field trip, the geography field work course will prepare the students for their independent investigation.

Two Approaches for A Level Geography

1 Geographical Fieldwork Skills

  • Prepare students for the A level Independent Investigation
  • A skill based course designed to showcase a variety of fieldwork data collection methods in two contrasting environments
  • Designed for students who will be collecting Independent Investigation data back in their local place, after the field course has ended
  • Enable students to begin to develop the skills needed to undertake the independent Investigation

2 A level Geography (NEA): Independent Investigation

  • Complete the fieldwork requirements for A level students within inspiring physical and human environments
  • Ensure students are fully up to speed with all stages of the enquiry process and able to independently design their investigation to the best of their ability

Immersion – Exploration in Contrasting Environments

  • Explore a range of equipment
  • Encouraged through activities to read, interrogate and ask geographical questions about an environment

Workshops

  • Choose, justify and critique potential data presentation and analysis techniques
  • Develop their quantitative and qualitative analysis skills including the use of statistics and coding
  • Increase confidence in the role that GIS can play within their investigation

Planning

  • Concept mapping and concept grids will enable students to identify areas of investigation before refining questions and creation of hypotheses / sub-questions
  • Students can use their research skills and a wide range of secondary sources to independently tackle the investigation design including sampling and methodology

Awarding Organisations

Specific geography fieldwork courses have been developed for those studying A level geography for the specifications taught from September 2016 onwards. FSC has strong working relationships with awarding Organisations, we are regularly turned to in order to provide fieldwork expertise.