An introduction to scientific enquiry through the study of ecosystems and the interactions within them.  Students identify and classify organisms in different habitats including woodland, grassland and or ponds (habitats will depend on the location booked).  Pupils are encouraged to think about how organisms are adapted to their environment, how food webs are interdependent and how energy is cycled within them.

Example Timetable

The course normally runs 10am – 3pm.  There will be an allocated lunch slot, the timing will depend on the final course programme.

Pre Course / Prior Learning 

  • An awareness of ecosystems including relevant terminology.


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Setting and sharing Objectives
  • Starter: Introduce microhabitats, biotic and abiotic factors.


  • Investigation 1 – introduction to the habitat to be studied.
  • Plan an investigation
    • making predictions.
    • plan and carry out a scientific enquiry to test predictions.
  • Carry out an investigation:
    • use appropriate techniques and equipment,
    • make and record observations and measurements,
    • identify organisms using keys
    • measure abiotic factors.
  • Analysis and evaluation
    • a verbal data review to interpret observations, draw conclusions, with reference to predictions.


  • Investigation 2 – the afternoon will be a second investigation in another habitat.
    • Alternative afternoon option: additional time can be taken investigating one habitat and spent on data analysis and evaluation.


How this course fulfills the specification

Key Stage 3, Science, Biology 

  • Working Scientifically
    • Scientific attitudes
    • Experimental skills and investigations
    • Analysis and evaluation
  • Interactions and interdependencies
    • Relationships in an ecosystem: the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, including food webs

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