This course provides an opportunity for schools with low student numbers to prepare, plan and collect data for their individual Non-Exam Assessment for A Level Geography.

Monday 14th – Friday 18th November 2022 at £286 per student

Monday 6th – Friday 10th February 2023 £286 per student

This course price includes in-course transport, whilst at the centre.

Due to safeguarding reasons we are unable to let adult learners attend these courses.

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.

Example Timetable

Day 1
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:
• Infiltration
• Soil density
• Storm simulations
• Measuring interception
Evening Introduction
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.
Day 2
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.

Day 3
Morning and Afternoon

Coastal Landscapes
Students will travel along the beautiful Start Bay coastline to gain an understanding of this coastal system, including its inputs, outputs, energy, stores and flows. Students will be introduced to quantitative and qualitative data techniques including:
• Beach profiles
• Sediment analysis including sediment size and shape
• Cost-benefit analysis, bipolar evaluation, flood-risk analysis
• Field sketch
• Hudson’s equation
Geography Fieldwork Investigation Planning
In this session students will be given time and resources to plan their own independent investigation. They will develop a title with an aim / question / hypothesis, plan their methodology and create their own data collection tables. Students will also have time to develop any digital data collection techniques and complete candidate record forms.

Day 4
Full Day
Independent Investigation Data Collection
Students will visit their chosen fieldwork locations to collect data for their independent investigation.
The follow-up session can provide time for students to begin to collate, process and write up their data as well as collect secondary data in the Slapton Research Library and from our online resources.

Day 5
Statistics Workshop
Students will be shown how to carry out statistical tests, including Spearman’s rank, chi-squared, Mann Whitney U and Student’s t-test.
Course finishes at 12.30 for departure around this time.

Please note that to ensure safe and quality learning experiences for students, the timetable may alter depending on weather conditions and tide times.


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