• Complete all fieldwork requirements, worth 15% of qualification.
  • Fully complete conceptual and methodological fieldwork enquiries to prepare students for Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry.
  • Enjoy a choice of adventurous outdoor activities and team building games to offer students an exciting start to studying geography fieldwork.
  • Choice of environments enabling students to visit two contrasting locations.

Example Timetable

Day 1

Morning

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

Afternoon

Adventure Session

This action-packed session will energize students ready for their field course, providing an opportunity to get active, work together and have some fun. Exciting adventure activities and challenges will stimulate and motivate students, build teams and friendships, and offer a thrilling and exhilarating start to studying geography fieldwork.
Choose one from:
• Team Challenges
• Low Ropes

Evening

Adventure Session

The evening session follows on from this afternoon’s introduction to adventure. Students will complete and collaborate in some exciting trail finding activities, building those spatial and map based skills in a fun way. Choose one from:

  • Orienteering
  • Geocaching

Day 2

Morning and Afternoon

Fieldwork Methodology

In each of these methodological approaches, students will visit one of the UK’s best fieldwork locations. They will visit one of the following:

  • Thriving and vibrant urban location
  • Classic and spectacular river catchment
  • Dynamic and stimulating coastal landscape
  • Diverse and flourishing natural environment

They will choose one fieldwork methodology depending on the year of examination:

  • Use of Transects
  • Qualitative Surveys
  • Change Over Time
  • Geographical Flow

Evening

Geographical Enquiry Process: Sections 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6

Students will complete the enquiry process, placing their field data into a social, economic and environmental context and exploring the interplay between these elements at a local and global scale. This will deepen their understanding of the content and environment and prepare them for the fieldwork exam.

Day 3

Morning and Afternoon

Adventure Session

This adventure session offers an inspiring real world geography experience, by immersing students within a physical landscape. Lakes, rivers, coasts and mountains offer the setting for students to scramble, climb and canoe, getting up close and personal with the physical processes that form our landscape, providing a different perspective to motivate and engage students. Choose two from:

  • Canoeing
  • Ghyll Scrambling
  • Trekking
  • Coasteering
  • Climbing
  • Wilderness Bushcraft
  • Active Conservation

Evening

Adventure Session: Hidden Worlds

This evening session offers an exploration of the natural environment and a chance for students to explore active wildlife habitats. Activities could include surveying small mammals, detecting bats, monitoring moths and dissecting owl pellets.

Day 4

Morning and Afternoon

Conceptual Frameworks

In each of these conceptual frameworks, students will visit one of the UK’s best fieldwork locations, contrasting to the previous day. They will visit one of the following:

  • Thriving and vibrant urban location
  • Classic and spectacular river catchment
  • Dynamic and stimulating coastal landscape
  • Diverse and flourishing natural environment

They will choose one approach to enquiry from depending on the year of examination:

  • Place
  • Sphere of Influence
  • Cycles and Flows
  • Mitigating Risk
  • Sustainability
  • Inequality

Evening

Geographical Enquiry Process: Sections 1.3,1.4, 1.5 and 1.6

Students will complete the enquiry process, placing their field data into a social, economic and environmental context and exploring the interplay between these elements at a local and global scale. This will deepen their understanding of the content and environment and prepare them for the fieldwork exam.

Day 5

Morning

Adventure Session

See day 3 description but choose one activity.

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