Year 10 students studying GCSE Geography recently had the opportunity to go out into Amersham and undertake some essential fieldwork. With the abolition of coursework in the reformed GCSE, the data and analysis from this human fieldwork would form the basis needed to answer around half the questions on Paper 3 of the eventual Year 11 exams.

The groups were evenly divided between New and Old Amersham, where we each perfomed various tasks such as environmental quality surveys, pedestrian and vehicle counts, identifying the land uses of Amersham and interviewing various people about their visits to Amersham. After a good session of data collection, we returned to school to begin our write-up for the investigation.

A geographical enquiry has many stages to it, and we were able to revisit the skills learnt from our Year 9 physical geography enquiry to begin the write-up, which is due to be finished by the end of the summer term. It involves forming hypotheses, completing a risk assessment, presenting the data we collected appropriately and analysing it and evaluating the enquiry as a whole.

The trip gave us an enjoyable opportunity to use our geographical skills in the real world whilst making progress in our GCSE course at the same time. The write up will prove vital when it comes to revision and it is a fantastic alternative to coursework. Thanks are owed to Mr Bushe and the Geography department for organising the visit.