The Field Studies Council (FSC) are offering small group courses for A level Biology so you don’t have to pay the minimum group fee of 10 students.

Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July 2020 at FSC Juniper Hall £219 per student

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th July 2020 at FSC Juniper Hall £226 per student

These courses are designed to immerse your students in ecology including biodiversity, ecosystems and completing a mini fieldwork investigation. These courses will not be specification led as the group will be made up of a mixture of specifications.

Due to safeguarding reasons we are unable to let adult learners attend these courses.

Example Timetable



  • Arrival around 12.00
  • Welcome, tour lunch (brought from home)
  • Borrow wellies waterproofs

Secondary Succession

  • Population study on Ramshorn snail – mark snails
  • Introduction to course, set learning objectives and introduction to secondary succession on chalk grassland
  • Walk to Mickleham Downs
  • Complete fieldwork: Investigating the process of secondary succession on Mickleham Downs
  • Scientific drawing of a floral species on Mickleham Downs
  • Return to Juniper Hall for cake break
  • Methods and limitations


  • Dinner
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Worked Spearman’s rank
  • Set mammal traps
  • Finish 20.00


Start 09.15
Freshwater ecology

    • Open mammal traps
    • Introduction to freshwater ecology investigations
    • Travel to River Tillingbourne
    • Complete freshwater fieldwork: investigating the abundance of freshwater invertebrates
    • Students to design their own investigation: choosing a species and/or abiotic factor
    • Lunch in the field


    • Complete fieldwork
    • Return to Juniper Hall
    • Cake Break
    • Discuss limitations of methodology
    • Recapture of Ramshorn snails and calculate Lincoln Index
    • Data Analysis (T-test)
    • Open mammal traps


  • Dinner
  • Data presentation (Poster)
  • Set mammal traps
  • Finish 2000


Before 09.15: Move out of rooms, Open mammal traps

    • Intro to woodland study including woodlands, conservation and biodiversity
    • Morning break
    • Walk to Lodge Hill
    • Students carry out fieldwork to investigate the effects of woodland management on the abundance and distribution of woodland plants.
    • RP: Measuring Biodiversity
    • Return to Juniper Hall
    • Calculate Simpson’s Index
    • Tidy classroom and return waterproofs and wellies

Course ends 12.00

Added value of this course

  • Develop personal skills
  • Have fun
  • Be inspired by a passion for the subject
  • Build friendships

Why Choose FSC?

  • Expert tuition by fully trained staff

  • Stunning locations across the UK

  • Outstanding curriculum knowledge

  • Rigorous health and safety procedures

  • Support before and after your visit

  • Free places for visiting staff