Monday 10th – Friday 14th February 2020
Monday 16th – Friday 20th November 2020
£290 per student
Slapton Ley Field Centre is located on the Start Bay coast in South Devon and is surrounded by Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. The Ley is the largest natural freshwater lake in the South West and is separated from the sea by Slapton Sands, a barrier beach. The 214 hectare reserve has been managed by FSC Slapton Ley for over 50 years as an “outdoor laboratory” for education and conservation, and boasts a rich mosaic of habitats including ancient and coppiced woodland, freshwater lake and stream, shingle ridge and rocky shore. The centre offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience a unique outdoor learning environment in combination with specialist teaching and facilities.
Our geography courses offer:
- Subject content in a range of amazing fieldwork locations. In particular the course will cover both human and physical fieldwork aspects and can contribute to the minimum legal fieldwork requirements.
- Practical fieldwork skills and use of specialised equipment and techniques embedded into the days.
This set programme enables students to collect data for their A level Geography independent investigations that focus on aspects of Changing place in a rural setting or Landscape systems in a coastal landscape or Water cycle for any specification.
Course starts at 1.30pm.
Arrive prior to this for show into accommodation, centre welcome and hire of waterproofs if required.
The Water Cycle
Students will explore the Slapton Ley catchment visiting a selection of appropriate fieldwork locations.
Students will be introduced to variety of quantitative and qualitative methods including:
• Soil density
• Storm simulations
• Measuring interception
The evening will provide time to present and analyse the field data, including the use of geospatial technology as appropriate.
Students will be encouraged to make links to potential investigation questions and begin to consider ideas for their own independent enquiries.
Morning and Afternoon:
Rural Changing Places in Slapton and Totnes
Students will be introduced to fieldwork methods used to assess a rural area. Both qualitative and quantitative, primary and secondary data will be used. Techniques may include:
• Non-participant observations
• Environmental quality assessment
• Sound and smell mapping
• Pedestrian count
• Sphere of influence
• Index of decay
Students will gain skills in how to critically evaluate and improve their methods. Different sampling strategies will be covered, as will how to choose an appropriate statistical test.
Added value of this course
- Develop personal skills
- Have fun
- Be inspired by a passion for the subject
- Build friendships