Students will use field sampling methods to determine the distribution and abundance of organisms, they will collect numerical data enabling them to quantify the efficiency of transfer of biomass and energy between trophic levels.
This course usually runs from 9.30am – 4pm, 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
- Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing (Post course)
- Use of apparatus and techniques (a) (k)
- Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5 – Pre / Post course)
- AQA: 5.3 Energy and Ecosystems
- OCR A: 6.3.1 Ecosystems, 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability
- Edexcel A: Topic 5 On the Wild Side
- Edexcel B: Topic 10 Ecosystems
Added value of this course
- Develop personal skills
- Have fun
- Be inspired by a passion for the subject
- Build friendships