Fieldwork for the Edexcel Specifications

Edexcel A

The fieldwork programme is closely linked to Component 3: Geographical Investigations included in the Edexcel A specification.
The programme of fieldwork will include at least one human and one physical geography location and topic. This will prepare students for the various options in the Paper 3 exam.
The geographical context, and location of the fieldwork, will also provide valuable case study material for students.

 

Physical topics and skills for fieldwork investigation

Section A

Rivers

  • Fluvial processes
  • Changes in a river from source to mouth
  • The role of geology in fluvial landforms
  • How human activities affect fluvial processes
  • Examples of hard and soft engineering
  • Formulating enquiry questions
  • Fieldwork data collection design
  • Measurement of river processes and discharge (compulsory quantitative fieldwork technique)
  • Field sketches of river landforms (compulsory qualitative fieldwork technique)
  • Examination of flood risk data through GIS software

 

Coasts

  • Coastal processes
  • Geological structure of the coast
  • Wave types and actions
  • Coastal erosional landforms
  • Human activity and coastal management
  • Examples of hard and soft engineering
  • Formulating enquiry questions
  • Fieldwork data collection design
  • Measurement of beach profiles and beach sediment (compulsory quantitative fieldwork technique)
  • Field sketches of coastal landforms (compulsory qualitative fieldwork technique)
  • Examination of geological data through GIS software

 

Human topics and skills for fieldwork investigation 

Section B

Central / Inner Urban Area

  • Land use, function and building age
  • Causes of industrial changes
  • Changes in retail trends and impacts
  • Sustainable living (transport, energy efficiency and health)
  • Formulating enquiry questions
  • Fieldwork data collection design
  • Measurement of urban environmental quality (compulsory qualitative fieldwork technique)
  • Questionnaire response collection and analysis
  • Clone town and / or nearest neighbour analysis (compulsory quantitative fieldwork technique)
  • Examination of census data through GIS software

 

Rural Settlements

  • Resource management in the countryside
  • Impact of farming
  • Rural deprivation
  • Green energy generation
  • Fracking and its impacts
  • The supply and demand for freshwater
  • Stakeholder views on water resource management
  • Formulating enquiry questions
  • Fieldwork data collection design
  • Measurement of people and traffic flows (compulsory quantitative fieldwork technique)
  • Questionnaire response collection and analysis on rural environmental quality (compulsory qualitative fieldwork technique)
  • Examination of census data through GIS software

 

Edexcel B

The fieldwork programme is closely linked to Component 2: UK Geographical Issues included in the Edexcel B specification.
The programme of fieldwork will include at least one human and one physical geography location and topic. This will prepare students for questions in the Paper 2, Section C exam.
The geographical context, and location of the fieldwork, will also provide valuable case study material for students.

 

Physical topics and skills for fieldwork investigation

Topic 4

Coastal change and conflict

  • Coastal structure and processes
  • Geological structure of the coast
  • Wave types and actions
  • Coastal erosional landforms
  • Human activity and coastal management
  • Examples of hard and soft engineering and sustainable approaches
  • Formulating enquiry questions
  • Fieldwork data collection design
  • Evaluation of coastal management techniques (compulsory quantitative fieldwork technique)
  • Field sketches of coastal management techniques (compulsory qualitative fieldwork technique)
  • Examination of geological data through GIS software

 

River processes and pressures

  • Fluvial processes
  • Changes in a river from source to mouth
  • The role of geology in fluvial landforms
  • How human activities affect fluvial processes
  • Examples of hard and soft engineering
  • Formulating enquiry questions
  • Fieldwork data collection design
  • Measurement of river channel characteristics (compulsory quantitative fieldwork technique)
  • Field sketches of river landforms in relation to future flooding (compulsory qualitative fieldwork technique)
  • Examination of flood risk data through GIS software

 

Human topics and skills for fieldwork investigation 

Topic 5

Dynamic urban areas

  • Land use
  • Changing industries
  • Sustainable living (transport, energy efficiency and green spaces)
  • Farm diversification
  • Formulating enquiry questions
  • Fieldwork data collection design
  • Measurement of perceived urban quality of life (compulsory qualitative fieldwork technique)
  • Measurement of environmental quality through survey work (compulsory quantitative fieldwork technique)
  • Examination of census data through GIS software

 

Changing rural areas

  • Land use
  • Changing industries
  • Sustainable living (transport, energy efficiency and green spaces)
  • Farm diversification
  • Formulating enquiry questions
  • Fieldwork data collection design
  • Measurement of perceived rural quality of life (compulsory qualitative fieldwork technique)
  • Measurement of environmental quality through survey work (compulsory quantitative fieldwork technique)
  • Examination of census data through GIS software