Debden Brook Epping Forest Courseworks

GCSE Geographers were kept busy tracking data through the Debden Brook

In September 2017, GCSE Geographers visited Epping Forest to conduct a series of experiments to collect evidence towards their coursework.

With so much planned for their course, the Year 11s had not a moment to lose and so on the Thursday and Friday of the first month back they set off into Epping Forest. The forest is London’s largest open space at nearly 6,000 acres.

The students spent the two days along the Debden Brook collecting primary data for their assessment, investigating the hypothesis that Epping Forest is being sustainably and effectively managed and maintained.

Their focus while in Epping Forest was to investigate the pressure visitors can put upon local vegetation. They also researched and evaluated the effectiveness of the management strategies.

After returning, they spent their lessons analysing data and putting together a presentation to either support or reject the hypothesis.

For more images from their field trip, visit the gallery or click here.

Our learning outside of the classroom investigation courses are designed to meet the requirements of GCSE specifications, including controlled assessments. Each course will provide students with opportunities to:

  • Investigate a geographical question or issue
  • Utilise and understand fieldwork techniques for data collection and methods for analysis
  • Consider the interaction between physical and human environments

If none of the programmes below meet your needs, please contact us by phone, email or through the Check Availability form to discuss what we can offer you to suit your requirements.

Human Geography days are offered at our London locations

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Investigating Rivers1 day

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Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest: Loughton Brook (available September to April. NB: water levels early in the season can be very low)
  • Debden Brook (available throughout the year. NB: you will require transport all day).

Curriculum Links:

Geography Key Stage 3

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Flooding: physical geography1 day

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Teaching Sites:

  • Loughton (NB: you will require transport all day).

Curriculum Links:

Geography

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Edexcel A: Rivers1 day

Students will have an opportunity to develop a question(s) based on their location and the task. Students will carry out fieldwork to investigate how and why draingage basin and channel characteristics influence flood risk for people and property along the river.

  • A qualitative fieldwork method to collect data on factors that may influence flood risk e.g. annotated photographs, field sketches or flood risk assessment.
  • A quantitative fieldwork method to investigate drainage basin characteristics including gradient profile and trun off rates.

Secondary data courses will be provided on land cvover, hydrogeology and flood risk for the river catchment.

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest: Loughton Brook (available September to April. NB: water levels early in the season can be very low)
  • Debden Brook (available throughout the year. NB: you will require transport all day).

Curriculum Links:

Geography

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Edexcel B: Rivers1 day

Students will have an opportunity to develop a question(s) based on their location and the task. Students will carry out fieldwork to investigate how and why draingage basin and channel characteristics influence flood risk for people and property along the river.

  • A qualitative fieldwork method to collect data on factors that may influence flood risk e.g. annotated photographs, field sketches or flood risk assessment.
  • A quantitative fieldwork method to investigate drainage basin characteristics including gradient profile and trun off rates.

Secondary data courses will be provided on land cvover, hydrogeology and flood risk for the river catchment.

Teaching Sites:

  • Epping Forest: Loughton Brook (available September to April. NB: water levels early in the season can be very low)
  • Debden Brook (available throughout the year. NB: you will require transport all day).

Curriculum Links:

Geography

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Ecosystems1 day

Students will investigate the interdependence of abiotic and biotic components. A comparison of the two different areas will be used to observe the contrasting abundance of plants associated with varying management regimes.
How human activity affects biodiversity, local flows, cycles and processes.

Teaching Sites:

Curriculum Links:

Geography

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Small Group / Individual Student Days1 day

Small Group or Individual Student Days are offered across FSC London Region. The days are designed to bring together individual or home schooled students, schools with small class sizes, or students that were unable to attend a residential or alternative trip.

By bringing groups together we aim to keep the overall costs lower at £36/day per person, and you do not incur our minimum daily fee. For booking conditions see Information for Visitors.

Click here for a list of dates we currently have available. We add to this list on request. If you do not see the course you are interested in, please contact us.

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