• Complete Complete the two fieldwork enquiries in contrasting locations and prepare students for Unit 3 – worth 20% of qualification.
  • Integrated mathematical, statistical and GIS techniques to improve students’ confidence and competence.
  • This course is for schools in Wales and follows the WJEC GCSE in geography specification approved by Qualification Wales.

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

Human Geographical Enquiry (Strands 1.1 & 1.2 of the enquiry process)

Students will be immersed in a diverse and dynamic environment. FSC field teachers will bring the rich complexities of the human environment into focus, engaging students’ curiosity and revealing these places to be the diverse and interconnected systems that they are. Choose one from:

  • 2.1 The urban-rural continuum in Wales
  • 2.2 Population and Urban Change

Evening

Human Geographical Enquiry (Strand 1.3 of Geographical Enquiry)

Students will process and present their data using a range of geographical skills placing their field data into a social economic and environmental
context and exploring the interplay between these elements at a local and global scale.

Day 2

Morning and Afternoon

Physical Geographical Enquiry (Strands 1.1 & 1.22 of Geographical Enquiry)

Students will visit one of the UK’s most inspiring fieldwork examples of a physical 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 enthuses and
develop confidence in exploring new surroundings. Choose one from:

  • 1.1 Distinctive Landscapes in Wales
  • 1.2 Landform Process and Change (river)
  • 1.2 Landform Process and Change (coastal)
  • 1.3 Drainage Basins
  • 4.1 Managing Coastal Hazards
  • 5.3 Processes and Interactions within Ecosystems
  • 5.4 Human Activity and Ecosystem Processes
  • 8.2 Management of Ecosystems

Evening

Physical Geographical Enquiry (Strands 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 & 1.6 of Geographical Enquiry)

Students will process and present their data using a range of geographical skills to start to understand the data within the context of the study location and global setting. This will enable students to draw evidenced conclusions and deepen their understanding of the physical landscape. Students will justify and evaluate all stages of the enquiry helping them to prepare for the fieldwork exam.

Day 3

Morning

Human Geographical Enquiry (Strands 1.4, 1.5 & 1.6)

Students will draw evidenced conclusions and deepen their understanding of the human environment. Students will justify and evaluate at all stages of the enquiry helping them to prepare for the fieldwork exam.

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