Biology & Environmental Science AS & A level
for secondary schools
2019 - 2 nights from £89+VAT
Fieldwork and research for exam-ready students
Two field studies centres at coastal locations, both within easy reach of rivers, provide plenty of opportunities to study marine, coastal and fluvial environments.
Our experienced teams run the residential course you need, designed to meet your exam board specifications, with a 1:12 staff-to-student ratio to provide all the support they need while carrying out their investigations.
A choice of modules gives students opportunities to carry out the investigations relevant to the specifications of the examination board they are following.
Haloseral Succession AQA, Edexcel, OCR
This is a study of the colonization in a salt marsh environment. By carrying out random sampling and performing accurate and detailed line transects, students observe the changes in succession and begin to appreciate the importance of conservation and management of fragile ecosystems. Students can also test their hypotheses using Spearman’s Rank Coefficient calculation to determine if there is a relationship between different environmental factors, e.g. between the pH of the soil and species number. Remaining time can be spent writing up the methodology and discussing the day’s findings.
Available at: Little Canada
Marine Zonation AQA, Edexcel, OCR
Horizontal succession is studied using line transects across the littoral zone to measure the percentage and/or frequency cover of the organisms. Vertical zonation studies can also be carried out, using a 10cm quadrat - vertically on the rocks - to examine changes in species number and diversity on a small scale. Both methods are ideal for students undertaking projects with an emphasis on experimental design, accurate and consistent data collection, hypothesis testing and statistical analysis alongside concepts such as Ballantine’s scale of exposure.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay
Psammoseral Succession AQA, Edexcel, OCR
A Nature Reserve system is an ideal location for studying the abiotic and biotic factors of succession over sand and the factors that affect this process. Opportunities are provided to study different approaches to sustainable development and how humans impact upon succession. Data analysis and statistical tests can be used to complete a report on the investigation.
Available at: Osmington Bay
Stream Ecology AQA, Edexcel, OCR
Students investigate how a river changes along its course from source to mouth, focusing on the change in invertebrate communities. Kick and sweep sampling is employed alongside identification keys, and students record their findings on pocket computers. Digital photographs help to identify sample sites, and the reasons for changes along the river, pollution levels, land use and management are examined fully.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay
The PGL Adventure Bonus
Choose from our popular on-site adventure activities, such as zip wire, giant swing, trapeze, climbing and abseiling, to complement your study sessions and tailor-make your course to your requirements.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5|
|09.00-12.00||Full day: Sand Dune Successtion: The Psammosere||Full day: Freshwater Ecology of a Mountain Stream - morning session||Full day: Marine Zonation of a Rocky Shore - morning session||Half day: Classroom Write-up Session|
|12.00-14.00||Packed lunch||Packed lunch||Packed lunch||Lunch at centre|
|14.00-17.00||15.30 onwards - arrive on centre, unpack and orientation||Full day: Sand Dune Successtion: The Psammosere||Full day: Freshwater Ecology of a Mountain Stream - afternoon session||Full day: Marine Zonation of a Rocky Shore - afternoon session||Depart centre after lunch|
|Follow-up session||Follow-up session||Follow-up session|
Your syllabus. Their needs. Our knowledge.
Our expertise makes sure you get the best out of it.
Use us to introduce a new topic; let us reinforce work done in school, revise a range of topics in preparation for exams for AS and A level – whatever you feel would make best use of your time and our location.
The data your students collect during their fieldwork and research will form the basis of solid case studies for future examinations.
A 1:12 staff to student ratio means more support for each student as they make their investigations.
Our experience with field study groups at this level means we can help with recommending appropriate topics and project work.
Our biology and environmental science courses help consolidate and make sense of their studies, giving your students more confidence when it comes to sitting their exams.