Encourage students to investigate their hypothesis
Ages: 16 to 18
Inspire and immerse your students in some of the best human and physical geography field studies locations in the UK. Evaluate coastal systems and rivers, or investigate changing contemporary urban and rural surroundings. We tailor and deliver full A-Level NEA investigations with the use of IT labs and GIS software. Your A-Level Geography students will carry out independent research collecting all of their primary data.
Students will undertake several pieces of geography field work at Kingswood centres with access to the coast, sand dunes, urban and natural environments. Students will be introduced to all stages of their NEA investigation, including setting a testable hypothesis and deciding on a sampling strategy, use of scientific equipment and apparatus when out in the field, primary data collection and presentation, and the process of articulating a robust conclusion and evaluation. Our A-Level programmes are delivered by our specialist environmental instructors and are designed to meet the needs of your chosen specification, including AQA, Edexcel or OCR and others.
For each investigation students are guided through the geographical enquiry process. Before heading out in to the field they recap the topic and learn the techniques they are going to use, with specific focus on why that technique helps them answer their enquiry question and what limitations they may face. Whilst out in the field they visit specific locations and collect primary data that they can present back in the classroom. On returning to centre students are guided through data presentation and analysis, using various graphs as well as GIS Software.
We also provide guidance on evaluation methods and how to draw conclusions. These follow up sessions are tailored to your learning objectives so that they flow seamlessly with lesson plans back in school; all work completed by the students is made available to you at the end of your stay.
Geographical skills covered
✔ Cartographic skills
✔ Graphical skills
✔ Numerical skills
✔ Use of qualitative and quantitative data
✔ Formulate enquiry and argument
Geographical enquiry strands
For each of the field work enquiries students will develop their confidence and competence in these six strands of geographical enquiry:
✔ Identifying a suitable question for geographical enquiry
✔ Selecting, measuring and recording data appropriate to the chosen enquiry
✔ Selecting appropriate ways of processing and presenting field work data
✔ Describing, analysing and explaining field work data
✔ Reaching conclusions
✔ Evaluation of geographical enquiry