• 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


Arrive Midday
  • 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


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:

  • 2.1 Changing Rural Areas
  • 2.2 Contemporary Urban Challenges
  • 6.4 Economic Development and Inequality


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:

  • 1.1 Distinctive Landscapes
  • 1.2 Coastal Landscapes
  • 1.3 River Landscapes
  • 1.3 Drainage Basins
  • 4.1 Coastal Management
  • 5.3 Small Scale Ecosystem


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


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.


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

Core Theme 1: Landscapes and Physical Processes

Key Idea 1.1:Distinctive landscapes of the UK

1.1.1 What makes landscapes distinctive in the UK?
1.1.2 How are physical landscapes in the UK affected by human activity?
1.1.3 How can landscapes in the UK be managed?

Key Idea 1.2: Landform process and change in two different and distinctive landscapes of the UK

1.2.1 How do processes work together to create landform features at different scales in river and coastal landscapes in the UK?
1.2.2 What factors affect the rates of landform change in river and coastal landscapes in the UK?

Key Idea 1.3: Drainage basins of the UK

1.3.1 What physical processes affect stores and flows in UK drainage basins?
1.3.2 Why do rivers in the UK flood?
1.3.3 What are the current and future management approaches to the problem of flooding in the UK?

Core Theme 2: Rural-Urban Links

Key Idea 2.1: The urban-rural continuumin the UK

2.1.1 How are urban and rural areas of the UK linked?
2.1.2 How are rural areas in the UK changing?

Key Idea 2.2: Population and urban change in the UK

2.2.1 What are the causes and consequences of population change in the
2.2.2 What are some of the contemporary challenges facing UK towns and cities?
2.2.3 How and why is retailing changing in the UK?

Key Idea 2.3: Urban Issues in contrasting globalcities

2.3.2 What are the consequences of urbanisation in two global cities?

Theme 4: Coastal Hazards and their Management

Key Idea 4.1: Vulnerable coastlines

4.1.1 Why are some coastal communities vulnerable to erosion and flooding?

Key Idea 4.2: Managing coastal hazards

4.2.1 How are coastlines managed?
4.2.2 What is the most sustainable way to manage coastlines in the face of rising sea levels

Core Theme 5: Weather, Climate and Ecosystsems

Key Idea 5.1: Climate change during the Quaternary period

5.1.1 What is the evidence for climate change?
5.1.2 What are the causes of climate change?

Key Idea 5.2: Weather patterns and process

5.2.1 What are the causes and consequences of, and responses to, two weather hazards?
5.2.2 What factors create variations in weather and climate at different scales within the UK?

Key Idea 5.3: Processes and interactions within ecosystems

5.3.2 What are the key processes of ecosystems at different scales?

Key Idea 5.4: Human activity andecosystem processes

5.4.1 How do people use ecosystems and environments?
5.4.2 How do human activities modify processes and interactions within ecosystems?

Theme 8: Environmental Challenges

Key Idea 8.1: Consumerism and its impact on the environment

8.1.2 How may climate change affect people and how can technology be used and people’s lifestyles changed to reduce these impacts?

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.

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