We currently offer two core modules which allow students to undertake an enquiry which students can then write up for their controlled assessment, if the school wishes to do so. Unfortunately, we do not offer the provision to write up the information as a standard day at the field studies centre, as it is no longer a direct requirement of the course. We do however, ask students to fill out a work booklet which illustrates they have met each geographical enquiry strand and have understood the required information for the fieldwork element of the AQA A specification.
The two modules currently offered (River Landscapes in the UK & Glacial Landscapes in the UK) will be adapted each year to match the titles AQA set. We have provided example questions, however if you would like to change the content to fit in with examples and case studies you have taught, please get in touch, as we are more than happy to do so where we can. Please feel free to request further details on the content, learning objectives and outcomes for each topic we teach.
Topic 1: River Landscapes in the UK: Example Task: Investigate changes along the long profile of the a river. Students undertake an investigation into channel characteristic, measuring variables such as velocity, cross-sectional-area and bed load. Students will study the River Tees in up to three different locations (time dependent) to investigate how these variables change.
Topic 2: Glacial Landscapes in the UK Example Task: Investigate evidence of glaciation in Upper Teesdale, and explore the management of post-glacial landscapes. Students study the environments affected by glaciation during the last ice age. They will identify and interpret the features and physical evidence of the glaciation, as well as investigating how the glacial landscape is currently managed.
Due to the weather, the order of days and location of study may vary.
Students are requested to bring a pen, pencil and note paper with them. They may also find a camera, USB, folder in which to keep their work, colouring pencils and graph paper useful.
Unlike other providers, we offer to video the whole process so you can play this back to students when they come to write up and/or revise the information, to refresh their memories.
It is advised that you bring a USB pen or portable hard drive with you, onto which resources and students' work can be saved.
Students should be dressed appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions that are typical of the North Pennines. We suggest students bring walking boots, wellies, a waterproof jacket with hood and waterproof trousers.
Health and safety information: Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com for full risk assessments of all activities which will be undertaken during your stay.
Adventure activities & cartographic skills revision: For those of you that would also like to take advantage of our adventurous activities, why not also include an adrenaline filled experience into your stay to make your visit more exciting! For those also wishing to take the opportunity to brush up on their map work skills we can even organise an orienteering activity during one evening.