• Complete all the fieldwork requirements.
  • In depth coverage of fieldwork within both a human and physical environment, required for Topic 6: Geographical Investigations, enabling students to get the grades they want within Section C of the Paper 2 exam: UK Geographical Issues.
  • Enjoy a choice of adventurous outdoor activities and team building games to offer students an exciting start to studying geography fieldwork.
  • 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

Morning

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.

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

Physical Landscapes

Students will visit one of the UK’s best examples 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 the below geographical enquiries:

  • Coastal Change and Conflict - Investigate the impact of coastal management on coastal processes and communities.
  • River Processes and Pressures - Investigating how and why drainage basin and channel characteristics influence flood risk for people and property along a river in the UK.

Evening

Geographical Enquiry Process: Presentation, Analysis, Conclusion and Evaluation

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 physical landscape and prepare them for the fieldwork exam.

Day 3

Adventure Session

Morning and Afternoon

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

Human Environments

Students will be immersed in a diverse and dynamic human environment. FSC field teachers will bring the rich complexities of the human-centred environment into focus engaging students’ curiosity and revealing towns, cities and rural villages to be the diverse and interconnected systems that they are.

Choose one from the below geographical enquiries:

  • Dynamic Urban Areas – Investigate how and why quality of life varies within urban areas.
  • Changing Rural Areas – Investigating how and why deprivation varies within rural areas in the UK.

Evening

Geographical Enquiry Process: Presentation, Analysis, Conclusion and Evaluation

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 physical landscape and prepare them for the fieldwork exam.

Day 5

Morning

Adventure Session

See day 3 description but choose one session.

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

Topic 4: The UK’s Evolving Physical Landscape

4.3: Distinctive coastal landscapes are influenced by geology interacting with physical processes
4.4: Distinctive coastal landscapes are modified by human activity interacting with physical processes
4.5: The interaction of human and physical processes present challenges along coastlines and there are a variety of management options
4.6: Distinctive river landscapes have different characteristics formed by interacting physical processes
4.7: River landscapes are influenced by human activity interacting with physical processes
4.8: Some rivers are more prone to flood than others and there is a variety of river management options

Topic 5: The UK’s Evolving Human Landscape

5.7: The city is interdependent with rural areas, leading to changes in rural areas
5.8: The changing rural area creates challenges and opportunities

Geographical Skills

Atlas and map skills

• Recognise and describe distributions and patterns of both human and physical features at a range of scales using a variety of maps and atlases.
• Draw, label, annotate, understand and interpret sketch maps.
• Recognise and describe patterns of vegetation, land use and communications infrastructure, as well as other patterns of human and physical landscapes.
• Describe and identify the site, situation and shape of settlements.
Graphical skills
• Use maps in association with photographs and sketches and understand links to directions.
• Use and interpret aerial, oblique, ground and satellite photographs from a range of different landscapes
• Label and annotate and interpret different diagrams, maps, graphs, sketches and photographs
• Write descriptively, analytically and critically about findings.
• Develop extended written arguments, drawing well evidenced and informed conclusions about geographical questions and issues.

Investigative skills

• Select data collection methods and equipment to ensure accuracy and reliability, develop recording sheets for measurements and observation.
• Use of ICT to manage, collate, process and present information, use of hand-drawn graphical skills to present information in a suitable way.

Mathematics and Statistics Skills

Cartographic skills

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

Graphical skills

• Select and construct appropriate graphs and charts to present data, using appropriate scales and including bar charts, pie charts, pictograms, line charts, histograms with equal class intervals.
• Interpret and extract information from different types of graphs and charts.
• Interpret population pyramids, choropleth maps and flow-line maps.

Numerical skills

• Draw informed conclusions from numerical data.

Statistical skills

• Use appropriate measures of central tendency, spread and cumulative frequency (median, mean, range, quartiles and inter-quartile range, mode and modal class).
• Calculate percentage increase or decrease and understand the use of percentiles.
• Describe relationships in bivariate data: sketch trend lines through scatter plots; draw estimated lines of best fit; make predictions; interpolate and extrapolate trends.
• Be able to 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