In February we mentioned that the new specifications would bring about a few changes to the fieldwork that we offer. The table below gives a sneak preview of the the sort of thing we’re thinking about and the sections of the syllabi that they apply to. In addition to the fieldwork investigations and skills papers, there is considerable scope for ‘enrichment’ fieldwork, developing case studies and exemplifying content. At the moment these are just sketches of ideas, but give an indication of what is possible and coming soon. Shaded rows mark studies that have yet to be developed (i.e. locations as yet unknown, details of fieldwork to be decided), whereas the colourless rows show studies that exist already and will require only a little modification. As we finalise the details for each exam board and specification, separate tables will be drawn up, which will include more information….keep a look out! In the meantime, if you’d like any information, please drop us a line using the contacts page.
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So…all of the new GCSE Geography specifications by the main exam boards have now been accredited by OfQual, and soon we’ll be updating this site to reflect the changes that are coming for September this year. We’re planning to offer studies that fulfill the requirements for UK case studies and examples where appropriate, as well as mandatory fieldwork investigations and general curriculum enrichment. For the majority of specifications it looks like we’ll be offering river or coastal fieldwork for the physical options, and urban or rural for human geography, with the option of biogeography for some, plus tourism or resource management (water/energy/food). We’ll be looking to cover as many of the skills required as we can, including using maps at a variety of scales, geological maps, GIS, appropriate statistics, making cross sections, making transects, using suitable equipment and sampling methods, and applying the specified route through enquiry. A set of tables of fieldwork for each specification will follow shortly….watch this space!
P.S. As and when the A-level specs are accredited too, a similar set of options will be produced. At that point the science fieldwork options will also be updated to reflect the changes that have already taken place.
An open letter to any old customers of Ty’r Morwydd Environmental Study Centre (known to some as Mulberry House) in Abergavenny, and indeed anyone interested in our work here in the Brecon Beacons, from Stephen Tyrrell:
A little over two and a half years since the closure of Ty’r Morwydd, I thought it would be good to review how things have gone and spread the word about how things are developing in this neck of the woods. I think you would call me a portfolio worker now, working to a number of contracts, as well as working on a self employed basis. One benefit of working with so many organisations is that now I have more than doubled the number of contacts I had before, and I can now find ‘a man who can’ for most situations, and equipment for almost any activity.
Field studies are, and will always be, the most important part of what I do, but now I’m also branching out a bit. I have a growing following in bushcraft activities in the central Beacons and spreading, plus I’m involved in heritage interpretation with the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. I’m also getting involved in the outdoor activities side of things a little more now, and I’m working towards the Climbing Wall Award, doing at bit of volunteering to get my experience up, as well as getting to use my walking qualifications more. Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award residentials are also becoming a more important part of my job, and we offer a range of ways that participants can complete their requirements with us.
I’ll explain everything in a bit more detail below. With curriculum changes on their way, I figured now was a good time to get in touch, let you know how things have gone, how they’re progressing, and directions for the future.