• Complete all fieldwork requirements, worth 15% of the qualification.
  • In-depth coverage of fieldwork in two contrasting locations needed for Topic 7 Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork, enabling students to get the grades they want within Sections A and B of the Paper 3 exam.
  • A choice of human and physical topics and choice of environments enabling students to visit two contrasting locations.
  • Enjoy a choice of adventurous outdoor activities and team building games to offer students an exciting start to studying geography fieldwork.

Example Timetable

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

Team Challenges or Low Ropes

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.

Evening

Orienteering or Geocaching

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.

Day 2

Morning and Afternoon

Changing Landscapes

Students will visit one of the UK’s most inspiring fieldwork examples of a river or coastal landscape 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 geographical enquiries:

  • Coastal Landscapes – Investigation of coastal processes through landscape evidence
  • River Landscapes – Investigation of change in a river channel.

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

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

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

Changing 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:

  • Changing City Environments – Investigating change in a central or inner urban area
  • Changing Rural Environments – Investigating change in rural settlements.

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 human environment and prepare them for the fieldwork exam.

Day 5

Morning

Adventure Session

Choose one from:

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

Afternoon

Depart 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 Centre.

How this course fulfills the specification

Specification Links

Topic 1: The Changing Landscapes of the UK

1.2 A number of physical and human processes work together to create distinct UK landscapes
1.3 A variety of physical process interact to shape coastal landscape
1.4 Coastal erosion and deposition create distinctive landforms within the coastal landscape
1.5 Human activities can lead to changes in coastal landscapes which affect people and the environment
1.6 Distinctive coastal landscapes are the outcome of the interaction between physical and human processes
1.7 A variety of physical processes interact to form the river landscape
1.8 Erosion and deposition interacting with geology create distinctive landforms in river landscapes
1.9 Human activities can lead to changes in river landscapes which affect people and the environment
1.10 Distinctive river landscapes are the outcome of the interaction between physical and human processes

Topic 2: Weather Hazards and Climate Change

2.3 Global climate is now changing as a result of human activity

Topic 4: Changing Cities

4.3 The context of the chosen UK city influences its functions and structure
4.4 The chosen UK city is being changed by movements of people, employments and services
4.5 Globalisation and economic change create challenges for the chosen UK city that require long-term solutions

Topic 7: Geographical Investigations - Fieldwork

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 and interpret aerial, oblique, ground and satellite photographs from a range of different landscapes.
• Label, annotate and interpret different diagrams, maps, graphs, sketches and photographs
• Use maps in association with photographs and sketches and understand links to directions.
• 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 including any of the above and others relevant to the topic (e.g. triangular graphs,radial graphs, wind rose diagrams, proportional symbols).
• Interpret population pyramids, choropleth maps and flow-line maps.

Data and information research skills

• Use online census sources to obtain population and local geo-demographic information.

Investigative skills

• Identify questions or issues for investigation, develop a hypothesis and/or key questions.
• Consider appropriate sampling procedures (systematic vs random vs stratified) and sample size.
• Consider health and safety and undertake risk assessment.
• Select data collection methods and equipment to ensure accuracy and reliability, develop recording sheets for measurements and observation.

Mathematics and Statistics Skills
Cartographic skills

• Use and understand gradient, contour and spot height on OS maps and other isoline maps (e.g. weather charts, ocean bathymetric charts).
• Use and understand coordinates, scale and distance.
• Describe and interpret geo-spatial data presented in a GIS framework (e.g. analysis of flood hazard using the interactive maps on the Environment Agency website).
• Interpret cross sections and transects

Numerical skills

• Demonstrate an understanding of number, area and scale and the quantitative relationships between units.
• Design fieldwork data collection sheets and collect data with an understanding of accuracy, sample size and procedures, control groups and reliability.
• 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