Students will investigate the key features of one small scale local ecosystem and investigate the interdependence of abiotic and biotic components. Students gain practical experience in fieldwork skills and techniques. They will undertake an introduction to sampling and carry out small scale fieldwork project using a range of equipment. Data will be collected, presented and analysed using various techniques. Where appropriate the impact of management and human activity on plant diversity in two contrasting areas will be considered. Students will gain an understanding of producers, consumers, decomposers, food webs and the nutrient cycle. Investigations will include both qualitative and quantitative fieldwork techniques.

Example Timetable

This course usually runs from 9.30am - 3.30pm, but times can be adjusted to suit your group and travel plans. During your visit you will be welcome to the centre and given an appropriate health and safety briefing. Your session will start with an introduction to the day, aims and objectives. Throughout the day we will undertake fieldwork, collecting data appropriate to the topic. We will break for lunch, before continuing with our fieldwork. Depending on the day and the specific times of your visit we may include some data presentation and analysis and we will end the day with a summary including drawing conclusions and limitations. Please note that specific activities for your group are subject to change. We go out in all weathers and seasons and will tailor the content of the day accordingly.

How this course fulfills the specification

  • AQA 4.7.1 adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • Edexcel Topic 9 Ecosystems and Material cycles
  • OCR B3 Living together food and ecosystems
  • Eduqas 6.3 Biodiversity

Added value of this course

  • Develop personal skills
  • Have fun
  • Be inspired by a passion for the subject
  • Build friendships

Why Choose Field Studies Council?

  • 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