Students will use field sampling methods to determine the distribution and abundance of organisms in a named ecosystem(s). Concepts of primary and secondary succession, colonisation by pioneer species and progression to climax communities will be covered. Students will explore how ecosystems are maintained and how they dynamically change over time under the influence of abiotic and biotic factors and collect data on a range of factors. Students will consider deflected succession and the impact of management on a climax community.

Example Timetable

This course usually runs from 9.30am – 4pm, but times can be adjusted to suit your group and travel plans. During your visit you will be welcome to the centre and given an appropriate health and safety briefing. Your session will start with an introduction to the day, aims and objectives. Throughout the day we will undertake fieldwork, collecting data appropriate to the topic. We will break for lunch, before continuing with our fieldwork. Depending on the day and the specific times of your visit we may include some data presentation and analysis and we will end the day with a summary including drawing conclusions and limitations. Please note that specific activities for your group are subject to change. We go out in all weathers and seasons and will tailor the content of the day accordingly.

How this course fulfills the specification

  • Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing (Post course)
  • Use of apparatus and techniques (a) (k)
  • Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5 – Pre / Post course)
  • AQA: 7.4 Populations in Ecosystems. AQA Practical 12 (Random sampling)
  • OCR A: 6.3.1 Ecosystems, 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability. PAG3 (Systematic sampling)
  • Edexcel A: Topic 5 On the Wild Side. CORE PRACTICAL 10 (Systematic sampling)
  • Edexcel B: Topic 10 Ecosystems

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