• Complete all fieldwork requirements.
  • Complete the conceptual and methodological fieldwork enquiries and prepare students for the Unit 3: Fieldwork Enquiry, worth 20% of qualification.
  • Enjoy a choice of adventurous outdoor activities and team building games to offer students an exciting start to studying geography fieldwork.
  • Visit two contrasting locations, these can be Welsh landscapes when you visit one of our Centres in Wales or the borders.

Example Timetable

Day 1

Morning

Arrive Midday
  • Students greeted by FSC staff.
  • Welcome talk and Centre tour.
  • Pre-course meeting with FSC staff and teachers.
  • 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 Enquiry: Methodology - Rivers or Coasts

The focus of this day will be the methodology fieldwork task set by WJEC for the year of exam entry. Choose to contextualise this task in either a river or coastal landscape. The emphasis on different key questions will change due to the task set by WJEC.

Evening

Fieldwork Enquiry Conclusion

During this evening session students will complete the enquiry process, placing their data into a social, economic and environmental context.

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

Fieldwork Enquiry: Conceptual Framework - Rural-Urban Links

The focus of this day will be the conceptual fieldwork task set by WJEC for the year of exam entry. This task will be contextualised in a urban-rural environment and the emphasis on different key questions will change due to the task set by WJEC.

Evening

Fieldwork Enquiry Conclusion

During this evening session students will complete the enquiry process, placing their data into a social, economic and environmental context.

Day 5

Morning

Adventure Session

See day 3 description but choose one activity from:

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

Afternoon

Depart at Midday
  • Review of the course.
  • Signposting further actions and opportunities with the FSC and beyond.
  • Final farewell from FSC staff.

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 1.2: Landform process and change in two different and distinctive landscapes of Wales or the wider UK

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

Core Theme 2: RURAL-URBAN LINKS

Key Idea 2.1: The urban-rural continuum in Wales

2.1.1 How are urban and rural areas in Wales linked?
2.1.2 How are rural areas in Wales changing?

Key Idea 2.2: Population and urban change in the UK

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?

Core Theme 5: WEATHER, CLIMATE AND ECOSYSTEMS

Key Idea 5.3: Processes and interactions within ecosystems

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

Fieldwork Enquiry Skills

1.1 What is the geographical enquiry process?
1.2 How is evidence collected?
1.3 How can evidence be processed and presented?
1.4 How can evidence be analysed and how do patterns and trends evidenced by fieldwork relate to wider geographical knowledge and understanding?
1.5 What conclusions may be drawn from fieldwork enquiries?
1.6 What evaluative techniques should be applied to the enquiry process?

Mathematical and Statistical Skills

1. Numerical skills

1.1 Demonstrate an understanding of number, area and scale and the quantitative relationships between units.
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

3.2 Interpret cross sections and transects.
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