• Complete fieldwork within both a human and a physical environment to fully prepare for Section B of Paper 1 and 2 exams.
  • A choice of human and physical topics to provide students with the in-depth geographical understanding needed for the Paper 1 and 2 exams.
  • 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

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

Influences on the Landscapes of the UK

Students will visit one of the UK’s best fieldwork examples of a river or coastal landscape to carry out a geographical enquiry. 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. Fully supported by digital sources of secondary data and a GIS, students will extend their competence in a range of fieldwork skills, building their confidence in tackling unfamiliar fieldwork environments. Choose one from the below geographical enquiries:

  • Coastal Landscapes
  • River Basins

Evening

Landscape Fieldwork Follow-up

During this evening session students will process and present their fieldwork data. Using FSC’s large bank of data from other times and locations they will use their knowledge of relevant geographical theory to explain their results, drawing individual conclusions and summaries.

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

People and Society

Students will be immersed in a dynamic urban environment. FSC field teachers will bring the rich complexities of the human environment into focus, engaging students’ curiosity and revealing towns and cities to be the diverse and interconnected systems that they are. Fully supported by
digital sources of secondary data and a GIS, students will extend their competence in a range of fieldwork skills, building their confidence in tackling unfamiliar fieldwork environments. Choose one from the below geographical enquiries:

  • Challenges for Cities
  • Changing UK Economy

Evening

Human Fieldwork Follow-up

During this evening session students will process and present their fieldwork data. Using FSC’s large bank of data from other times and locations they will use their knowledge of relevant geographical theory to explain their results, drawing individual conclusions and summaries.

Day 5

Morning

Adventure Session

See day 3 description. Choose one from:

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

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

2c - Content of Our Natural World: Topic 3 – Distinctive Landscapes

3.2 What influences the landscapes of the UK?

(a) What physical processes shape coastal landscapes?
The geomorphic processes that are involved in shaping coastal landscapes, including weathering, mass movement, erosion, transport, deposition.
The formation of coastal landforms including headlands, bays, cave, arch, stack, beach and spit.
The geomorphic processes that are involved in shaping landscapes, including weathering (mechanical, chemical, biological), mass movement (sliding, slumping), erosion (abrasion, hydraulic action, attrition, solution), transport (traction, saltation, suspension, solution), deposition.
The formation of river landforms including waterfall, gorge, v-shaped valley, floodplain, levee, meander, ox-bow lake.
(b) What are the characteristics of your chosen landscape?
Case study of one coastal landscape including the study of the landforms created by geomorphic processes, the geomorphic processes operating at different scales and how they are influenced by geology and climate, how human activity, including management, works in combination with geomorphic processes to impact the landscape.
Case study of one river basin including the study of the landforms created by geomorphic processes, the geomorphic processes operating at different scales and how they are influenced by geology and climate, how human activity, including management, works in combination with geomorphic processes to impact the landscape.

2c - Content of People and Society: Topic 5 – Urban Futures

5.2 What are the challenges and opportunities for cities today?

(a) What is life like for people in a city?
Investigate the contemporary challenges that affect life in the city, such as housing availability, transport provision, access to services and inequality.

2d - Geographical Skills including Fieldwork

9. Geographical skills
9.1 Cartographic skills

9.1.1 Select and construct maps, using appropriate scales and annotations, to present information.
9.1.2 Interpret cross sections and transects.
9.1.4 Extract, interpret, analyse and evaluate information.
9.1.5 Use and understand gradient, contour and spot height (on OS and other isoline maps).
9.1.6 Describe, interpret and analyse geo-spatial data presented in a GIS framework.

9.2 Graphical skills

9.2.1 Select and construct appropriate graphs and charts, using appropriate scales and annotations to present information.
9.2.2 Effectively present and communicate data through graphs and charts
9.2.3 Extract, interpret, analyse and evaluate information.

9.3. Numerical and statistical skills

9.3.4 Understand and correctly use appropriate measures of central tendency, spread and cumulative frequency including, median, mean, range, quartiles and inter-quartile range, mode and modal class.
9.3.6 Design fieldwork data collection sheets and collect data with an understanding of accuracy, sample size and procedures, control groups and reliability.
9.3.9 Sketch trend lines through scatter plots.
9.3.13 Draw and justify conclusions from numerical and statistical data.

9.4. Formulating enquiry and argument

9.4.1 Deconstruct, interpret, analyse and evaluate visual images including photographs, cartoons, pictures and diagrams.
9.4.3 Suggest improvements to, issues with or reasons for using maps , graphs, statistical techniques and visual sources, such as photographs and diagrams.

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