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Geography Fieldwork

Leading Provider of Geography Fieldwork

FSC is the leading provider of geography fieldwork, providing courses from primary level up to university. We have a range of centres though out the UK that can help you deliver your geography fieldwork needs. All of them have gained the quality badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom so you don’t have to complete as much paperwork when arranging a visit to our centres.

FSC is an Investors In People charity, our staff are the reason why schools return year after year to do geography fieldwork with us. Our trainee teaching staff spend more time in training than some spend in their entire employment at other organisations. They undergo three weeks of intensive training followed by a four week training period at one of our Centres. After completion of this they spend 9 months on placement before being able to deliver geography fieldwork as an FSC field teacher. The training doesn’t stop when they become a field teacher; FSC provides ongoing professional development including training from all the awarding bodies. Many of our teaching staff maintain close links to exam boards, becoming moderators etc.

FSC also receives training from the Geographical Association as part of its strategic partnership and has achieved their primary and secondary quality mark.

FSC has formed some exciting partnerships to explore new ways to deliver geography fieldwork.

FSC have been working with ESRI UK to incorporate their GIS technology into our geography fieldwork courses to help develop a deeper understanding of our world through geospatial data analysis. The tools they provide can help students during their geography fieldwork to interpret and evaluate data from many sources to develop theories and knowledge.

FSC and the Open University have developed a web-based system for collating data from student groups using mobile devices, even in areas without internet connectivity. Tailored to support the students’ learning activities, the Field Network System automatically presents a class set of result tables and charts, for the students to interpret and discuss in the field, rather than having to go back to the classroom to do it manually. The time saved can then be used to explore the subject matter in greater depth. FSC’s field teachers can also use the system to review the students’ geography fieldwork and personalise their support to meet the needs of each group.