This course provides an opportunity for school with low student numbers to prepare, plan and collect data for their individual Non-Exam Assessment for A Level Geography.
Monday 25th – Friday 29th October 2021 at £286 per student
Staff at half the student price plus VAT.
This course price include in-course transport, whilst at the centre.
Due to safeguarding reasons we are unable to let adult learners attend these courses.
Orielton Field Centre is centrally located in South Pembrokeshire just outside the UK’s only coastal national park. Our impressive Georgian mansion is secluded in 120 hectares of diverse habitats including woodland, grassland, meadows and freshwater. We are just 20 minutes away from award winning beaches, spectacular limestone coastal landforms and a variety of coastal management techniques. Popular tourist towns provide ideal locations to investigate place studies.
Our geography courses offer:
* Subject content in a range of amazing fieldwork locations. In particular the course will cover both human and physical fieldwork aspects and can contribute to the minimum legal fieldwork requirements.
* Practical fieldwork skills and use of specialised equipment and techniques embedded into the days.
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Students will be greeted by their tutor, with a welcome talk and an introduction to the centre. Opportunity to hire wellies and waterproofs.
Transport will depart to Tenby at 14:00 (30 min drive)
An immersive introduction to Tenby where students will use a variety of techniques aimed at introducing fieldwork using a range of senses. Students will consider topic ideas suitable to investigate in Tenby and tour round suitable fieldwork sites for the NEA.
Introduction to the course and the Geographical Enquiry Cycle.
Question setting workshop: students will explore what makes an appropriate question for study. Discussion of fieldwork methods and decide which to concentrate on over the following days based on students’ confidence levels.
Morning and Afternoon
Introduction to the coastal system of Saundersfoot Bay. Variety of secondary sources to investigate the factors affecting coastal processes and landforms. Discussion on the importance of secondary resources and critically reflecting on sources used in relation to NEA’s.
Fieldwork may include: Annotated photographs, GIS to map flood severity and effectiveness of sea defences, Hudson’s Equation, clast size and shape, beach profiles, cliff stability index and cliff profiles
Field site: Saundersfoot Bay (30 min drive) Bus all day
Follow up sessions include:
Analysing Quantitative Data Workshop: Students will discuss and complete a choice of statistics tests and a cost-benefit analysis and potential applications for NEAs.
Critical evaluation of fieldwork methods: Discussion of adapting methods, sampling strategies, sample size, accuracy and validity of data and conclusions drawn
Students will use secondary sources to find out the formal and informal representations of Haverfordwest. Discussion on the importance of
secondary resources and critically reflecting on sources used in relation to NEAs. Opportunity for students to choose a couple of fieldwork
methods of their choice to pilot in Haverfordwest.
Fieldwork may include: EQA, placemaking assessment, emotional mapping, questionnaires, discourse analysis, non-participant observations, clone town survey
Field site: Haverfordwest (30 min drive)
Afternoon and Evening
Follow-up to include:
Analysing Qualitative Data workshop: explore open and inductive coding, plus how to get quantitative figures from qualitative data.
Demonstration of how to locate data and add to ArcGIS online after collection.From late afternoon and into the evening: Students will have planning and discussion time for Independent Investigations. Time to complete CRF form. Opportunity to use research materials from centre resources.
Morning and Afternoon
Planning time in the morning. Data collection in Tenby: Coast and Place fieldwork options.
Field site: Tenby (30 min drive)
An evening outdoor activity
Students have the opportunity to set up small mammal traps and bat detecting. There is an option of a campfire on the back lawn to unwind and celebrate finishing the data collection for their NEA.
Follow up Independent Investigations GIS Workshop: Students will be introduced to potential presentation and analysis functions with ArcGIS online.
Further investigation follow up time- data analysis, methodology, research from centre resources and online sources
Course ends at 12:30
Added value of this course
- Develop personal skills
- Have fun
- Be inspired by a passion for the subject
- Build friendships