GCSE/CE Geography

GCSE Geography all students are required to complete fieldwork in at least two different environments to prepare for assessment by examination. We offer Geography fieldwork programmes to meet the needs of the new specifications, taking students through the entire investigative process.

The topics of coastal processes and management, river processes and tourism can all be investigated through fieldwork at Calshot using sites such as Christchurch Bay, the River Lymington, Lyndhurst and the New Forest National Park. Students can either leave having collected the data they require, or spend more time conducting introductory, analysis and/or evaluation work in addition.

Our course content for KS4 is tailor made to meet the needs of individual schools. For new exam board specifications, get in touch with our bookings team to see how we can meet your needs.

Common Entrance Geography

These programmes are designed to meet the needs of the Common Entrance Geography Fieldwork Enquiry component. Students conduct an investigative geographical study, collect primary data and interpret the results. We can oversee the entire coursework project or students can process the data they have collected back at school. Our specialist field studies tutors will work closely with the party leader to make sure your needs are met. Programmes can also include adventurous activities to break up the curriculum content and encourage better team working.

Case study

Year 7 students from Twyford School, near Winchester, visit Calshot Activities Centre for a week long residential as part of their Common Entrance Geography syllabus. Their visit begins with fieldwork on the River Lymington, investigating how the river changes along its course. Students work in small teams to measure a range of variables and then use this data to perform statistical analysis. Students then write a short report on their findings.

Many schools also take part in a range of land and water-based activities to give students a break from the academic work. This may include kayaking, sailing, skiing and climbing.

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Educational benefits

Environmental awareness

Develop a social responsibility for the environment.

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Teamwork

Cooperate with others in team tasks.

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Leading and supporting

Develop leadership skills.

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Communication

Develop good listening and communication skills.

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Problem solving

Develop strategies to help plan and deliver effective solutions to obstacles.

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Case study

GCSE Geography students from Brighton and Hove High School visited Calshot to complement and revise work for their ‘Natural Environment’ and ‘Geographical Skills’ units.

The River Lymington is the perfect environment for pupils to gain an understanding of the change in river characteristics as well as the study of different river features and the impact of humans on the site. Students undertake quantitative and qualitative methods of fieldwork such as collecting channel width data and drawing field sketches.

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