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A-Level Geographers head to the Lakes

Wednesday, 04 May 2022

Junior Sixth Form Geography pupils have just made their way back from a 4-day trip to Blencathra in the north of the Lake District. They went to carry out their own independent investigations for their A-Level coursework.

The pupils have been planning their own investigations in School in recent weeks, selecting between glacial, hydrological, and carbon cycle titles in a range of locations. Upon arrival, pupils were first given the opportunity to trial their methods in the field with the support of staff.

The remainder of the trip involved the pupils collecting extensive data for their own investigation titles. These included investigating the evidence of ice flow direction from glacial landforms in the Esdale Valley, the variation between glacial and glacio-fluvial sediment deposits in the Mosedale valley, and how land use affects carbon stores in soil, vegetation, and peatlands on Brund Fell in the Borrowdale valley.

The pupils will use this data to write up a dissertation-style report including a literature review, sampling methodology, data analysis, and evaluation sections. We have found that some of the most passionate pupils will produce a piece of work not far off undergraduate quality!

Pupils will use this data to write up a dissertation-style report.
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