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.
Train station transfers are an additional £20.00 per student return
This course price include in-course transport, whilst at the centre.
Staff prices are half the student price plus VAT.
Due to safeguarding reasons we are unable to let adult learners attend these courses.
The cost of this course is VAT exempt, including in-course transport to field sites. Lunch on the first day is not included, but is on the final day. Staff are charged at half the student rate plus VAT, 1 staff member per school.
Tutor: Field Studies Council Staff
Courses are led by experienced Field Studies Council staff.
Students will be greeted by their tutor, with a welcome talk followed by a brief tour of the centre. Allocation of wellies and waterproofs.
The nature and importance of places
Creswell (2008) defined place within geography as a ‘meaningful segment of geographical space’. Exploring the town of Minehead, students will be introduced to the concept of place and its importance within geography through experiential fieldwork.
Fieldwork may include: Narratives, sound mapping, field sketching, activity mapping, rephotography, emotional mapping
Secondary research: Historical and current census data, historical photographs,
Fieldwork site(s): Minehead
Introduction to qualitative data analysis
Using the data collected in the afternoon students will explore ways to present and analyse their qualitative data.
Morning and Afternoon:
Coastal systems and landscapes – Processes and landforms
An investigation into the West Somerset Coastline as a localised coastal system
Students will visit the West Somerset coastal landscape to gain detailed knowledge of the development of the coastline. By analysis of the character of the coastline they will determine possible reasons behind the development of the landform features present and the links to system processes.
Fieldwork can include: Beach profiles, sediment analysis, field sketches, annotated photographs, cliff profiles
Secondary research: BGS Geology maps, FSC Nettlecombe long term beach profile data, Plymouth Coastal Observatory data
Field site(s): Porlock Bay (40 mins – transport required)
On return to centre:
- Chi Squared statistical test on sediment data
- Drawing cliff profiles or beach profiles.
- Evaluation of methodology and investigation process.
- Generating potential NEA questions by reviewing the day’s fieldwork
Coastal systems and landscapes
An investigation into the shoreline management plan at Minehead
The North Devon and Somerset Coastal Advisory Group (2010) state that the touristy seaside town of Minehead is managed using a “Hold the Line” approach. After identifying a suitable hypothesis, students will select fieldwork techniques to investigate why Minehead is managed using this approach, the effectiveness of the management and the effect of the management on the natural coastline and the stakeholders.
Fieldwork can include: Flood risk mapping, bipolar evaluations, cost benefit analysis, conflict matrix, questionnaires, field sketch, annotated photographs, beach profiles
Secondary research: BGS Geology maps, Plymouth Coastal Observatory data, NDASCAG shoreline management plans, newspaper articles, Environment Agency flood risk maps.
Field site(s): Minehead (20 mins – transport required)
Afternoon and Evening
Planning fieldwork investigation
Students will be introduced to the Independent Investigation requirements and will be guided through the route to enquiry and the planning process.
Choose an area of the specification, either physical or human, to focus for the independent investigation: (large groups booking may choose two or more areas for a visit to enable students a wider range of choice of areas of study. Tutors will discuss the options for NEA data collection sites when designing your program)
Possible areas of the specification to choose to do your fieldwork skills on: Coastal systems and landscapes (Porlock Bay or Minehead)
Changing places (Minehead)
Students will be given an opportunity to start planning their Independent Investigation, developing and researching their chosen area of study and data collection methods in preparation for the data collection day. If completing a practice investigation this could be incorporated into an evening session and half day data collection.
Morning and Afternoon
Geography fieldwork investigation
Choose an area of the specification, either physical or human, to focus for the Independent Investigation: (large groups booking may choose two or more areas for a visit to enable students a wider range of choice of areas of study. Tutors will discuss the options for NEA data collection sites when designing your program)
Possible areas of the specification to choose to do your fieldwork skills on: Coastal systems and landscapes (Minehead or Porlock Bay)
Changing places (Minehead)
Field Data Collection
During this day students will work individually or within groups, as appropriate, to collect initial primary field data. They will be supported by the FSC field teachers to review data and methods of collection as well as provide guidance on health and safety, equipment and environmental issues. Students will have opportunity to:
Begin data collection, reflecting on and improving the methods used.
Observe and record phenomena and data variables according to their data design framework
Demonstrate their practical knowledge and skill in handing data collection technologies and equipment
Build their understanding of the concepts underlying and processes operating within the real world environment
Fieldwork site(s) will be dependent on students projects and staff availability: Porlock Bay (40 mins – transport required), Minehead (20 mins – transport required).
Students will collate and process their data, FSC field teachers provide support with appropriate techniques and using digital technologies to create sophisticated data presentation.
Follow up from geography fieldwork investigation
Students will have an opportunity to start writing up the investigation including:
- Data presentation (including where possible use of ArcGIS)
- Data analysis (including statistics)
Course finishes at 12:30