• Complete all fieldwork requirements.
  • Full coverage of Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry, Part A and B, including the methodological approach and conceptual framework for fieldwork, enabling students to be prepared for Paper 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry.
  • Spend time honing students’ geographical skills, studying the interaction between physical
    and human geography and using unfamiliar contexts to best prepare students for their exams.
  • Develop the geographical, mathematical and statistical skills which are integrated within all areas of assessment in a real world situation with contextualised data students have collected themselves.

Example Timetable

Day 1

Morning:

  • Students will be greeted by FSC staff, with a welcome talk followed by a brief tour of the Centre and the local area.
  • Outline of the Course
  • Allocation of wellies/waterproofs.

Afternoon:

Human Geography Enquiry: (Stages 1 & 2 of the enquiry process)

Students will be immersed in a diverse and dynamic environment. FSC field teachers will bring the rich complexities of the human environment into focus, engaging students’ curiosity and revealing these places to be the diverse and interconnected systems they are.

Choose one from:

  • 1.2 Urban Process and Change
  • 1.2 Rural Process and Change

Evening:

Human Geography Enquiry: (Stage 3 of the enquiry process)

Students will process and present their data using a range of geographical skills placing their field data into a social economic and environmental context and exploring the interplay between these elements at a local and global scale.

Day 2

Morning and Afternoon:

Physical Geography Enquiry: (Stages 1 & 2 of the enquiry process)

Students will visit one of the UK’s best example of a river or coastal landscape to undertake their fieldwork. FSC field teachers will carefully facilitate students’ investigations of the processes and systems that play a part in this iconic scenery, including their part in the system. Students will be enthused and develop confidence in exploring new surroundings. Choose one from:

  • 2.1 Distinctive Coastal Landscapes
  • 2.1 Coastal Management
  • 2.2 Flows and Stores of Water
  • 2.2 Distinctive River Landscapes
  • 2.2 Flood Management
  • 3.1 Small Scale Ecosystem
  • 3.2 Ecosystems Under Threat

Evening

Physical Geography Enquiry: (Stages 3, 4, 5 & 6 of the enquiry process)

Students will process and present their data using a range of geographical skills to start to understand the data within the context of the study location and global setting. This will enable students to draw evidenced conclusions and deepen their understanding of the physical landscape. Students will justify and evaluate all stages of the enquiry helping them to prepare for the fieldwork exam.

Day 3

Morning

Human Geography Enquiry: (Stage 4, 5 & 6 of the enquiry process)

Students will draw evidenced conclusions and deepen their understanding of the human environment. Students will justify and evaluate at all stages of the enquiry helping them to prepare for the fieldwork exam.

Afternoon

Depart at Midday

A final farewell from FSC staff as the students depart at midday.

Please note: to ensure safe and quality learning experiences for students, the timetable may alter depending on weather conditions and local factors at Centres.

How this course fulfills the specification

Specification Links

Theme 1: Changing Places- Changing Economies

Key Idea 1.2 Urban and rural processes and change in the UK

1.2.1 What changes are taking place where people live in both urban and rural areas in the UK?
1.2.2 What are the distinctive features of urban areas on the UK?
1.2.3 What factors help to drive urban and rural change across the UK?
1.2.4 What is the cause and effect of retail provision across the UK?
1.2.5 What are the issues associated with leisure use in urban and rural areas across the UK?

Theme 2: Changing Environments

Key Idea 2.1: Shaping the landscape - coasts and coastal management

2.1.1 How do people and contribute to the development of distinctive coastal landscapes in the UK?
2.1.2 How are coastlines managed?
2.1.3 Why is coastal management often controversial?

Key Idea 2.2: Shaping the landscape - rivers and river management

2.2.1 How do people and contribute to the development of distinctive river landscapes in the UK?
2.2.2 Why do rivers flood and what are the consequences of flooding?
2.2.4 Why is flood management often controversial?

Key Idea 2.4 Climate change - cause and effect

2.4.4 How and why do attitudes to climate change vary?
2.4.5 What role can individuals and government in the UK play in reducing the risk of climate change?

Theme 3: Environmental Challenges

Key Idea 3.1: How ecosystems function

3.1.2 What physical processes and interactions operate within ecosystems?

Mathematical and Statistical Techniques

1. Numerical skills

1.1 Demonstrate an understanding of number, area and scale and the quantitative relationships between units
1.2 Design fieldwork data collection sheets and collect data with an understanding of accuracy, sample size and procedures, control groups and reliability.
1.3 Understand and correctly use proportion and ratio, magnitude and frequency.
1.4 Draw informed conclusions from numerical data

2. Statistical skills

2.1 Use appropriate measures of central tendency, spread and cumulative frequency.
2.2 Calculate percentage increase or decrease and understand the use of percentiles.
2.3 Describe relationships in bivariate data.
2.4 Identify weaknesses in selective statistical presentation of data.

3. Cartographic skills

3.1 Use and understand gradient, contour and spot height on OS maps and other isoline maps.
3.2 Interpret cross sections and transects
3.3 Use and understand coordinates, scale and distance.
3.4 Describe and interpret geo-spatial data presented in a GIS framework.

4. Graphical skills

4.1 Select and construct appropriate graphs and charts to present data, using appropriate scales.
4.2 Interpret and extract information from different types of graphs. Interpret different graphs to identify patterns and trends.
4.3 Interpret population pyramids, choropleth maps and flow-line maps.

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