Investigating how and why quality of life varies within urban areas. Students will have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the kinds of questions capable of being investigated through fieldwork in urban environments. Students will have an opportunity to develop a question(s) based on their location and the task. Students will carry out fieldwork to investigate at least: A qualitative fieldwork method to collect data on the views and perceptions of quality of life e.g. questionnaires or video interviews of residents and visitors within the study area. A quantitative fieldwork method to collect data on environmental quality e.g. noise levels (decibel readings), litter counts, traffic congestion etc. within the study area. Census and ‘actual’ crime data will be provided for the two areas within the study area.

Example Timetable

This course usually runs from 9.30am – 3.30pm, but times can be adjusted to suit your group and travel plans. During your visit you will be welcome to the centre and given an appropriate health and safety briefing. Your session will start with an introduction to the day, aims and objectives. Throughout the day we will undertake fieldwork, collecting data appropriate to the topic. We will break for lunch, before continuing with our fieldwork. Depending on the day and the specific times of your visit we may include some data presentation and analysis and we will end the day with a summary including drawing conclusions and limitations. Please note that specific activities for your group are subject to change. We go out in all weathers and seasons and will tailor the content of the day accordingly.

How this course fulfills the specification

Edexcel B Component 2 UK geographical issues, Topic 6 Geographical Investigations.

Added value of this course

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

Why Choose Field Studies Council?

  • 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