This is a non-residential multi day course.

Course programmes are designed to meet the criteria of the specification as such they:

  • Incorporate the specification content, apparatus and techniques skills as well as covering some of the mathematical skills that students must complete.
  • Contribute to students’ requirement to Working Scientifically
  • Help to deliver a rich practical experience for students that goes above and beyond the practical.

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 local area.
  • Outline of the Course
  • Allocation of wellies and waterproofs

Afternoon

Ecology Workshop

Students are introduced to the different types of sampling and quadrats relevant to their investigations and how and why people study the outside world. First practical will be an ecological investigation using Random Sampling and Quadrats.

Evening

Students will use maths skills to present and analyse data collected. Students will complete a poster presentation of their findings of the day.

Day 2

Morning

Second practical will be an ecological investigation using a belt transect to investigate how an environment changes over a set distance.

Afternoon

Third Practical will practically apply the principles of capture/recapture techniques to calculate an estimated population size of a mobile species. Students will complete handbooks and consider how practical work is examined at GCSE in an exam question workshop.

Depart Midday

Final farewell from FSC staff.

Please note: to ensure safe and quality learning experienced for students, the timetable may alter depending on weather conditions and local factors at centres.

How this course fulfills the specification

Specification Links

WJEC Biology

1.6 Ecosystems, Nutrient Cycles and Human Impact on the Environment
2.1 Classification and Biodiversity
Specified Practical Work:
Investigation into factors affecting the distribution and abundance of a species.

WJEC Applied Science (Single Award)

1.3.2 World of Life
Specified Practical Work:
Investigation into factors affecting the distribution and abundance of a species.

WJEC Applied Science (Double Award)

2.1.2 World of Life
Specified Practical Work:
Investigation into factors affecting the distribution and abundance of a species.

WJEC Science (Double Award)

4.1 Classification and Biodiversity
Specified Practical Work:
Investigation into factors affecting the distribution and abundance of a species.

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