Fieldwork is defined as: “practical work conducted by a researcher in the natural environment, rather than in a laboratory or office (Oxford Dictionaries Online, Sept 2012)”. Above all, fieldwork is an excellent way to develop skills, awareness and knowledge in Geography and the Sciences (especially Biology), and indeed across the curriculum, building confidence and understanding in young people in a fun, safe and memorable context.
We are able to offer field-studies, visits and activities in the stunning environment of the Brecon Beacons that complements classroom teaching and supports the school curriculum from Key Stage 2 upwards, which will be tailored and adapted to suit your specific requirements. Using the mountains, valleys, towns and villages of the National Park and the surrounding area, including the coastline of South Wales, our fieldstudies are designed to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum, plus the specifications of the exam boards at GCSE and A-level (and their equivalents, including Certificates/iGCSEs, Pre-U, and International Baccalaureate qualifications). All studies can also be adapted to suit vocational qualifications, and many are relevant for the Welsh Baccalaureate, particularly the Wales, Europe and the World component.
Our packages are fully risk assessed, and are available as part of a residential visit, or day trips for local schools. Studies will be delivered by Stephen Tyrrell, who has worked as a Geography & Ecology Tutor in the area for about 12 years, having worked at Ty’r Morwydd Environmental Study Centre in Abergavenny for half of that time. With a strong background in physical geography through a good degree from the University of Wales Aberystwyth, Stephen has in-depth knowledge of the sites and case studies, and a thorough understanding of the processes and issues dealt with in all of the fieldstudies listed here in all applicable aspects of geography, earth science and ecology (please see http://uk.linkedin.com/in/stephentyrrell for an online CV). Stephen will lead your chosen fieldtrip(s), usually starting with an introductory classroom session, and including all out-of-the-classroom teaching. For residential groups, there is also the option of follow-up sessions, in which trends in the collected data can be identified and discussed, presentation methods demonstrated, secondary data explored and fieldwork methods evaluated. All teaching materials are provided for reproduction in advance of your visit.
These pages describe the fieldwork provided through a number of youth hostels and outdoor education centres in the Brecon Beacons -use the links to your key stage on the menu bar to find the fieldwork relevant to you. If you require further details of studies, venues and accommodation, please use the contact form, and we’ll be happy to discuss the options with you.