This example PGCE geography course programme gives an idea of the sort of sessions you can expect on your PGCE field trip. The activities would be adjusted to suit environmental factors, logistics at your particular centre and your objectives, following a discussion with an experienced FSC tutor.
|Morning session||Afternoon session||Evening session|
|Day 1 (Friday)||Arrive 12.00||Introduction and welcome |
Set out personal aims for the course ‘Bucket challenge’- student led mini-investigations to establish the value of the Route to Enquiry and how to engage young people with this. Dependent on centre, this may be on or off site.
|Making the case for fieldwork |
The benefits and barriers to fieldwork, including risk assessments.
|Day 2 (Saturday)||Fieldwork focus- physical |
Based on or off site, students explore an area local to the centre. Using a range of quantitative, traditional fieldwork techniques, participants design and share fieldwork ideas that will engage young people in the enquiry process in preparation for KS4 exam application or building the geography toolkit through pupils’ education journey.
|Fieldwork focus- human |
Based on or off site, students explore an area local to the centre. Using a range of qualitative or sensory fieldwork techniques, participants explore novel fieldwork ideas that will enhance their confidence and help engage young people in the enquiry process in preparation for KS5 specification requirements.
|Planning the NEA |
Workshop exploring how we can prepare students’ NEA toolkit throughout their geography careers and what the teacher role is in the NEA.
|Day 3 (Sunday)||Skills workshop |
Led by the customers’ needs, this could focus on GIS, Statistics, using technology in fieldwork or further topic-based support e.g. carbon-based fieldwork techniques. Depending on centre, this may be on or off site.
What is included in the fee?
• Up to 10 hours of tuition a day
• Expert tuition, from fully trained staff
• Full board accommodation. Including cooked breakfast, packed lunch, homemade cakes and evening meal.
• Use of facilities including workrooms, recreational space, ICT and centre grounds
• Established health and safety procedures and 24 hour emergency cover
• 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 fully DBS checked, and undergo a regular and rigorous training process. All tutors have received training in first aid, risk assessment and water safety.
External Recognition of Quality
All FSC Centres 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.