This is a packed five day course for IB Diploma Geography students giving them the opportunity to visit a different country and experience its geography and culture.

Students will cover content from Part 1: Optional Themes, developing knowledge of case studies, geographic models and theories, specific examples and links to geography concepts; crucial for students to demonstrate in external assessment.

Throughout the course skills will be developed integral for the Internal Assessment report including methods of field investigation, written analysis including data presentation and analysis, statistics and GIS.

All fieldwork options may be suitable for study as Case Study for content from the syllabus or as opportunities for students to complete as their Internal Assessment.

 If teachers for students to complete the internal assessment as an individual project this can be accommodated into day 4 of the programme following discussion with centre.

All of these fieldwork days will include elements of the following:

  • Structured and focused aim and fieldwork question which students can engage with
  • Rationale of why the investigation is being carried out
  • Collection of primary data (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Sourcing and using secondary information
  • Analysis of methods used and data collected
  • Statistics, data presentation methods and GIS
  • Conclusions and evaluations of the investigation

Example Timetable

Day 1

Students will be greeted by their tutor, with a welcome talk followed by a brief tour of the Centre. Allocation of wellies and waterproofs.

Students will familiarize themselves with the concepts and models appropriate to the course. Engagement with the geographical enquiry process and environmental issues surrounding these sites.
Objectives will be set for the course which:

  • Make links to the IB Geography syllabus
  • Consider geographical skills needed for a geographical fieldwork enquiry
  • Consider wider global and local geographical issues
  • Set personal learning goals (linked to the IB learner profile)
  • If time/day light allows some of this session can be delivered outdoors including:
  • Selecting and collecting geographical information
  • Sampling
  • Making observations
  • Thinking like a Geographer
  • Use of GIS

And how this can all be linked to the requirements of the Internal Assessment

Day 2

Freshwater (Drainage basin hydrology and geomorphology) Part 1 Option A
During this investigation students will study a small scale drainage basin to explore the relationship between discharge, stream flow and channel shape. There will also be opportunities to observe landforms resulting from stream channel processes such as erosion, transportation and deposition.

Integrated geographical skills, options can include:

  • Justification, review and evaluation of method.
  • Data presentation (e.g. channel cross-sections)
  • Statistical analysis of primary information (e.g. Spearman’s rank)

Day 3

Morning and Afternoon
Oceans and coastal margins (Coastal places and managing coastal margins) Part 2 Option B
Students will use secondary data and collect primary fieldwork data to investigate the relationship between coastal processes, sub-aerial processes and lithology and their impact on the resulting coastal landforms of erosion and deposition on a stretch of coastline.
Investigations will then continue into managing coastal margins including the stakeholders and decision making process involved with flood management strategies
Extreme Environments (Physical processes and landscapes- Glacial) Part 1 Option C
By immersing students in an inspiring local environment, students will gain an understanding of the glacial processes and systems and their role in shaping the present landscape. Students will piece together the processes and chronology that has created these landscapes, exploring the resulting landforms of erosion and deposition (cories, glacial troughs, roche mountonees, hanging valleys, truncated spurs, morraines, erratics, drumlins, kames and eskers.
Integrated geographical skills, options can include:

  •  Justification, review and evaluation of method.
  • Data presentation (e.g. channel cross-sections)
  • Statistical analysis of primary information (e.g. Spearman’s rank)

Day 4

Morning and Afternoon
Leisure, tourism and sport (Tourism at a local scale) Part 1 Option E
During this investigation students will visit a rural tourist honeypot site. Students will investigate how physical and human factors have shaped this place.
The focus will be on assessing the impact of tourism in the area and reflecting on the management strategies that can be used to promote sustainable tourism for the future. Students will consider the need to balance economic and social/cultural effects of tourism and the consequences of unsustainable touristic growth in this rural area. Management strategies will be investigated to minimize conflicts, environmental damage and increase resilience of the place.
Urban environments (Character of urban places) Part 1 Option G
During this investigation students will focus on the investigating the characteristics and distributions of urban places, populations and economic activities.
Patterns of urban land use including economic activity and residential areas will be assessed alongside measures to assess urban environmental and social stress
Integrated geographical skills, options can include:

  • Justification, review and evaluation of method.
  • Data presentation (e.g. channel cross-sections)
  • Statistical analysis of primary information (e.g. Spearman’s rank)

Day 5

Follow up from Investigations
Further Analysis, Evaluation and Conclusion
Course ends at 12.30

Added value of this course

Develop skills

  • Communication | Resilience | Independent thinking | Leadership
  • Numeracy | Literacy | Investigative skills | Observation

Enhance Knowledge

Ask questions.

  • Apply knowledge in the real world and make links.
  • Make sense of new places and understand our place and role within this.


  • Have fun | Make friendships | Connect with nature

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