French Fieldwork For Geographers

Geography students from The Sixth Form College, Solihull travelled to southern France last week to complete fieldwork as part of their A level course.

Geography fieldwork in France

Geography fieldwork in FranceA group of 21 first year A level Geography students visited the Cévennes National Park to conduct the fieldwork studies, which will be put to use when they return for their Year 13 studies in September. During the trip the students tested different microclimates, ecosystems and also looked at the impact of human activity on vegetation and ecosystems, as well as the effect of pollution on the River Lot. They also conducted fieldwork in the River Souteyran.

Student Phoebe Webster was the official photographer for the trip and Molly Waterhouse, who is also studying A level French and, as such, was able to act as translator on the trip; they documented the trip.

They explained:

“This fieldwork has enabled us to gain experience and engage fully with the topics that cover a third of the G3 examination. We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to future students as not only did it help with the academic side of Geography, but also develop other skills such as teamwork and perseverance. After a six hour randonnée (hike) and lack of internet, we were all exhausted yet we all motivated each other to pull through and at this point the strength of the team started to truly shine.”

Curriculum Leader for Humanities and Geography teacher Karen Greaves added:

“We are delighted that our Geography students have enjoyed the chance to attend the annual, international, residential fieldwork in the Cevennes National Park in France. It is opportunities such as this that broaden the student experience and develop valuable skills of independent research that prepare them for university and beyond.”

See more photos on the College Facebook page.

8 July 2016