Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Edexcel IGCSE Geography Fieldwork

The IGCSE Geography Fieldwork opportunities shown below cover the Edexcel International GCSE Section C Practical Geographical Enquiry requirements. They also help develop knowledge and understanding of a broad range of geographical concepts included in the Edexcel IGCSE Geography specification content.

The field studies are supported by our Geography IGCSE Fieldwork Opportunities Handbook.


Barcelona Field Studies Centre Geography Fieldwork Opportunities Handbook


River Environments Fieldwork Opportunities 1
Aim To investigate changes in river channel characteristics from source to mouth.
Skills Measuring river velocity, channel cross-sectional area, gradient and bed load.
Location River Tordera.
Question or Hypothesis Changes in channel characteristics between source and mouth along the River Tordera will conform to the Bradshaw model.

River Environments Fieldwork Opportunities 2
Aim To investigate changes in river water quality from source to mouth.
Skills Sampling macroinvertebrates as indicators to assess changes in water quality. Correlate with changes in water temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity and total dissolved solids.
Location River Tordera.
Question or Hypothesis 1. Water quality will decline with distance downstream.
2. Increased pollution downstream will reduce the macroinvertebrate diversity.

Coastal Environments Fieldwork Opportunities 1
Aim To investigate beach profiles and sediment characteristics.
Skills For a shoreline-to-cliff foot/sea-wall transect you need to be familiar with equipment and procedures to measure: length, height and slope of beach plus size/shape of material along the transect.
Location Sitges
Question or Hypothesis The storm beach has larger sediment size than the swash zone.
A shingle beach has a steeper profile than a sandy beach.

Coastal Environments Fieldwork Opportunities 2
Aim To investigate the conflicts between development and conservation on a stretch of coastline.
Skills Questionnaire design and sampling to obtain the views of different coastal users.
Location Muntanyans, Torredembarra, Catalonia, Spain.
Question or Hypothesis Local stakeholders or groups in Torredembarra will be against the building of 550 second homes on the Muntanyans sand dunes and wetland.

Economic Activity and Energy Fieldwork Opportunities 1
Aim To investigate the location factors of factories or services. To assess the reasons why companies have moved to the 22@ New Technologies district of Barcelona.
Skills Mapwork, sampling, location visit, secondary sources may be involved plus analysis/conclusions.
Location 22@ New technologies District, Barcelona.
Question or Hypothesis Companies locating in the 22@ New Technologies District will have similar location needs and requirements.

Economic Activity and Energy Fieldwork Opportunities 2
Aim Investigating the causes and consequences of de-industrialisation.
Skills Mapwork, location visit, secondary sources may be involved plus analysis/conclusions.
Location Poble Nou and 22@ New technologies District, Barcelona.
Question or Hypothesis De-industrialisation in Poble Nou has both negative and positive consequences.

Ecosystems Fieldwork Opportunities
Aim To investigate adaptation, succession and biodiversity in a sand dune ecosytem.
Skills Contruction of a dune transect, vegetation sampling and species identification.
Location Gavā, Barcelona.
Question or Hypothesis 1. There are a variety of ways in which species adapt to the hostile conditions in a dune environment.
2. Biodiversity will increase with distance inland.
3. Vegetation succession will lead to a reduction in biodiversity.

Urban Environments Fieldwork Opportunities 1
Aim To investigate the relationship between environmental quality and land use within the urban area.
Skills The construction and implementation of an EQS study; sampling and transects. Understand the follow-up data presentation techniques, analysis/concluding and overall evaluation.
Location Barcelona - a transect from the suburbs to the inner city.
Question or Hypothesis Environmental quality will improve with distance from the CBD.

Urban Environments Fieldwork Opportunities 2
Aim To investigate the land use pattern of an urban area.
Skills Be able to explain how to set up an urban land use survey to include ideas of how to sample an area and the classifications to be used.
Location Barcelona - a transect from the suburbs to the inner city.
Question or Hypothesis Barcelona's land use pattern conforms to the Burgess or Hoyt urban models.