Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Coronavirus Update

Friday 28 February 2020

A fourth case of coronavirus in Catalonia has been confirmed late today. This is a 58-year-old woman from Sant Cugat del Vallès, who is hospitalised in a mild state at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. The woman had been in contact with a positive case in Germany. She joins three other patients with mild symptoms of coronavirus isolated at the hospital and 'evolving favourably.'

Researchers at a specialised hospital in Milan have managed to isolate the Italian version of the new coronavirus. "The epidemic is not new in the country and the virus has been circulating inadvertently for several weeks, before the first confirmed cases of the disease," said Professor Massimo Galli, a leader of the research team.

Our risk assessment for infection of coronavirus in Barcelona is currently 'low', with caution advised in crowded areas, e.g. public transport, markets. Students should bring hand sanitiser (plenty of regular hand cleaning and avoiding touching the face recommended) and face masks (pro-active caution) in case the alert level rises. Official advice is that the risk varies according to the identified cases and that in the points where there are no positive cases the risk is low or very low.

So far there has been no contagion in Barcelona so protocols 'in phase 1, the containment phase' are being maintained. These focus only on the early detection of the possible infected. Everything is prepared in case the alert level is increased if an outbreak arises. In that case 'similar measures would be taken' to those implemented by other countries, such as Italy.

Coronavirus - Advice for Visiting Groups

River Cross Section Creator

Our River Cross Section Maker creates river cross sections from river fieldwork data, calculating the cross sectional area, wetted perimeter, hydraulic radius and discharge. The whole process takes less than five minutes, transforming a previously awkward and often difficult task into a quick and easy one.

Enter river width and depth measurements and your cross section and data are created for download.

River channel cross section example

Beach and Dune Profile Creators

Our Sand Dune Profile Maker creates sand dune transect profiles from cumulative distance and slope angle data. Our Beach Profile Creator makes beach profiles from cumulative width and slope angles, calculating the cross sectional area and beach volume. Other beach profile data entry options are available.

Enter your transect cumulative distances and changes in height or slope angle data and your beach or dune profile is created for download.

Dune profile example Beach profile example

Independent Investigation

We have a range of itinerary options for AQA, Edexcel, OCR and Eduqas that allow schools to complete the four days of fieldwork required for the A level Independent Investigation. We provide support for students to independently prepare their research question and sampling strategies in advance of their visit to Barcelona. If time allows, students can pilot their investigation on their arrival day, by visiting their chosen study area.

AQA Independent Investigation itinerary
Edexcel Independent Investigation
OCR Independent Investigation itinerary
WJEC Eduqas Independent Investigation
Independent Investigation Preparation
NEA Student Support
NEA Teacher Support

Offline Mobile Map App

Our Offline Mobile Map App creates data maps in the field, using geo-located map markers supporting colour shading, text, numerical (decimal) data and images. Editable worksheets allowing multiple data inputs for any location are provided in the app as an optional feature.

The map image with location markers and visible data inputs can be downloaded for direct insertion in a document, printing, or the creation of overlays and further processing.

Offline Map App Data Plotting Example

A Level Revision Courses

U6 Geography Students from Xaverian College took another step closer to their exam by spending a week in January studying and interpreting the Barcelona landscape in preparation for their research paper. Xaverian College has been running U6 trips to Barcelona for several years all of which have proven successful in terms of grades and students enjoyment.

Xaverian College U6 Geography Revision

Edexcel IGCSE Geography

Our Geography Fieldwork opportunities for Edexcel IGCSE cover the fieldwork requirements and provide knowledge and understanding of essential syllabus content. The field studies are supported by our IGCSE Geography Fieldwork Opportunities Handbook.

Edexcel IGCSE Geography Fieldwork

Geography field studies
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Xaverian College U6 Geography Revision January 2018
Xaverian College U6 Geography January 2018
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Ecology field studies

Who are we?

Barcelona Field Studies Centre offers fully inclusive Geography, Geology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental and Tourism field study courses to U.K. and International schools and colleges throughout the year in an outstanding geographical environment.

Fieldwork in Barcelona

Why Barcelona?

The Barcelona area offers a range of settings for geography fieldwork unrivalled in Europe. The city of Barcelona presents a fascinating case study of many of the major themes of urban growth and development. Field studies in the unspoiled National Parks that surround the city include coastal management, river processes, dune ecosystems, limestone and volcanic landscapes.

Field Study Centre information


We offer a variety of accommodation options for groups attending our field study courses. The Artur Martorell Rural Lodge in Calafell has purpose-built facilities and accommodation for educational study group and lies at the lower end of the budget range. Many groups prefer hotel accommodation, and the Hotel Piccadilly located in Sitges, one of Spain's most attractive, cosmopolitan and prestigious resorts, is a very popular choice.


Barcelona Crime Map 2016

The Crime Map of Barcelona shows the highest crime occurs in the city's Old Town (Ciutat Vella) district, which includes El Raval. There were 40 crimes per 100 inhabitants in 2016, from an analysis of the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police) data. These are the inner city districts that receive more than 30 million tourists every year, triggering the high crime rate per inhabitant.

Barcelona Crime Map

Barcelona Income Street by Street

An interactive map of street by street income data for Barcelona reveals districts with strong contrasts between the wealthy and the less well-off in adjacent streets. The data provide a range of potential geographical investigations into the causes and consequences of the inequalities. For example, areas of old manufacturing industry and sites close to global tourist attractions (e.g. Sagrada Família) appear to have a negative effect on incomes with consequent higher levels of deprivation.

Barcelona Income Street by Street 2016