A Level Geography Fieldwork
Geography fieldwork programmes are available for the new GCE / A Level specifications that commenced in September 2016.
**Resources and pre-course support is available for students booked on a field course at the Medina Valley Centre to carry out their independent investigation on the Isle of Wight.**
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Programmes are available to meet the fieldwork requirements of the new GCE Geography specifications.
We have prepared fieldwork programmes to cater for students taking the AS exam after one year and needing to carry out two days of fieldwork, and for those taking the two year full A Level course, requiring four days of fieldwork.
Locations have been chosen where there is scope for a range of individual investigations, Physical Geography and Human Geography investigations, and integrated Physical and Human Geography investigations. Pre-field trip students will have access to resources to assist in planning an investigation, and access to group data collected through ArcGIS will be available on line following the field trip.
All programmes will include sampling techniques, data collection and presentation through the ArcGIS platform, statistical analysis, researching secondary data and risk assessment.
The AS Geography programme is a two night residential, and will include a Human and a Physical investigation, for assessment in the fieldwork paper.
The A Level Geography short programme 1 is a two or three night residential, focussing on the route to enquiry, fieldwork techniques and skills, to prepare students for the independent investigation. A rural settlement case study can be included in the 3 night option.
The A Level Geography short programme 2 is a two or three night programme for students who have participated in a fieldwork techniques and skills course and wish to undertake their independent investigation on the Isle of Wight.
The A Level Geography full programme is a four night residential, including Human and Physical Geography investigations covering fieldwork techniques and skills that will prepare students for their independent investigation. Two days will be dedicated to collecting data for the independent investigation.
N.B. AS students who will be continuing on to the full A Level course will be able to prepare for the AS fieldwork paper, complete the two fieldwork days required for the AS course and during the additional two days of fieldwork required for the full A Level undertake data collection for their independent investigation.
The Resource Area is available on the Centre’s website for exclusive access to students from Geography Departments that have booked on one of the residential programmes of fieldwork leading to the independent investigation. Their is guidance to assist students explore a Geographical context for their investigation, and to devise a title and methodology in advance of the field trip.
For further details, and availability in 2017 and 2018, contact Keith Marston firstname.lastname@example.org
Surveying coastal slopes
Monitoring change on a shingle beach
Existing geography fieldwork programmes for examination in May/June 2017
Fieldwork and the GCE OCR exam
A2 programmes click for specimen programme (last examined June 2017)
Departments following the A2 Ecosytems option can include in their programme an investigation of a woodland ecosystem, saltmarsh succession and/or sand dune succession, including the impacts of human intervention.
The field centre has special access to fieldwork sites including saltmarshes, sand dunes, managed woodland and estuaries, each protected by conservation designations.
The Island’s active landslip zone, known as the Undercliff, provides a fascinating fieldwork location for the Earth Hazards option. The collapse of the main coast road and structural damage to buildings has determined the need for a Landslide Management Strategy for this coastal zone.
Fieldwork and the GCE AQA exam
A2 programmes click for specimen programme (last examined in June 2017)
Unit 4A Fieldwork Investigation: students will use a range of skills that will enable them to undertake the investigation. Topics for investigation may include rivers, a halosere or psammosere, or micro-climate.
Unit 4B Geographical Issue Evaluation: Students carry out an investigation of a local planning issue, including fieldwork data and secondary source material, to evaluate an issue and present their findings as a group presentation. Students gain confidence in using a range of information and data to rehearse the decision-making process in issue evaluation.
World Cities: Portsmouth can be used as a location to undertake fieldwork to investigate Gentrification and Urban Regeneration, including inner city retailing development and Transport Management.
An introduction to the issues of Waste Management on the Isle of Wight involves a visit to the Isle of Wight’s Landfill Site wilh a guided walk led by the Biffa Waste Management officer.
Ecosystems: An investigation of succession on a halosere or a psammosere can be undertaken at sites on the Island’s low energy northern coastline along the Solent.
There are a range of excellent sites on the Island to investigate the Woodland Ecosystem and Woodland Management.
For all programmes there is a focus on Geographical Skills and the investigative approach, including statistical analysis, presentation techniques, and the use of the ArcGIS Collector App and Smart Phone technology.
The Isle of Wight’s varied geology results in a diverse and spectacular landscape, protected by a raft of European and National conservation designations, and 60 miles of stunning coastline, makes it the ideal destination for Geography Departments to carry out fieldwork investigation. The Isle of Wight is a microcosm of south-east England and has many contemporary Geographical issues, all within easy reach within a unique geographically defined area, and include
the Management of a fast retreating coastline with Heritage Coast designations and popular seaside resorts
the Conservation of important, but vulnerable coastal habitats, including saltmarshes and sand dunes
the Assessment of renewable energy generation potential on the ‘Eco-Isle’
the development of Tourism and its impact on the AONB, Heritage Coast and National Trust land
Climate change giving urgency to an effective Landslide Management Strategy on the Undercliff
Regeneration of some of the most deprived urban & rural communities in the UK
Flooding and management of river catchments
Coastal Processes and Coastal Management
The coastal zone of the Isle of Wight includes stretches of managed and unmanaged coast, soft and hard cliffs, estuaries and coastal landslips. Hard and soft engineering schemes protect the predominantly coastal settlements.
Natural Hazards: Management of a populated coastal landslide zone
The Island’s Undercliff is described as ‘the longest and most active, populated coastal landslip zone in north-west Europe’ and there is a Landslide Management Strategy that includes a variety of coastal protection schemes designed to prevent the reactivation of the ancient landslides. The structural damage in the Victorian holiday resort of Ventnor, and the attempts to stabilise the built environment by ‘holding the line’ and attending to the hydro-geology, provides a context for fieldwork investigation.
The Centre is situated on Newport’s urban-rural fringe alongside the Medina Estuary.
Newport is a compact urban settlement with some of the most deprived super output areas in the country, and with development pressures on the urban-rural fringe. In the recent past green field sites in the Medina Valley have been developed into a business park, a wind turbine manufacturing & test centre, a biogas plant, solar farms, the Isle of Wight Music Festival venue, and the expansion of residential areas.
The Centre is located alongside the Medina Estuary, allowing easy access for students to study the ecosystem and the conflicts that arise from competing demands on this navigable estuary, protected by local and national conservation designations
The pressures for development arising from the Isle of Wight’s tourist industry, with an emphasis on Green and Sustainable Tourism, provide investigation possibilities.
Woodland, Rivers, Sand dunes, Saltmarsh
The Island has easy access to woodland, rivers, sand dunes and salt marshes allowing a hands-on approach to bio-geographical investigation, including succession, pressures and management.
The Isle of Wight aims to be self-sufficient in electricity from renewable energy by 2020. However, all applications for wind farms have failed to gain planning approval to date, failing at the last hurdle on landscape grounds. Eight solar farms are now generating electricity, and hundreds of private and local authority houses have installed micro-generation units. Two anaerobic digestors have been granted planning permission, one is operational and the other, in the Medina Valley, is close to completion.
All field study sites are within a 40 minute drive from the Centre, or within walking distance. Our field study tutors are active in their own research and have a good local knowledge of the Isle of Wight.
The Centre’s website provides online resources for Geography Departments that use the Medina Valley Centre.
Resources and pre-course support are available for students preparing to carry out their independent investigation on the Island.
The Centre has developed an Interactive Map of the Isle of Wight, available for use on any device, that has information to enrich a visit to the Island, for students and holiday-makers alike.
Detailed geography fieldwork programmes are now available for the new GCE / A Level specifications that commenced in September 2016.