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Edexcel Key Stage 4 Biology (Science) Fieldwork

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Fieldwork Practicals1 day

During their day in the field, students will cover the specified criteria within their ecological investigations. As well as delivering a rich hands-on experience for students, that goes above and beyond the practical, the investigations carried out during the day will help contribute towards the students’ requirement to Working Scientifically as well as covering some of the mathematical skills that students must complete.

The day will cover:

  • 2 Fieldwork Practicals
  • First Practical - Using random Sampling and Quadrats
  • Second Practical - Using a belt transect to investigate how an environment changes over a set distance
  • Investigation write up

Extended Fieldwork Skills2 day

During their extended time in the field, students will cover the specified criteria within their ecological investigations. As well as delivering rich hands-on experiences for students, that goes above and beyond the practical, the investigations carried out during the day will help contribute towards the students’ requirement to Working Scientifically as well as covering some of the mathematical skills that students must complete.

The 2 days will cover:

  • Introduction to different types of sampling and quadrats relevant to their investigations
  • First practical - Using Random Sampling and Quadrats.
  • Using maths skills to present and analyse data collected.
  • Completion of a poster presentation of the days’ findings
  • Second practical - Using a belt transect to investigate how an environment changes over a set distance.
  • Completion of handbooks and an exam question workshop.