Georgraphy field tripOn Sunday 6th June, the LVI (Year 12) Geography A Level class travelled down to Devon to conduct their A Level fieldwork. There they spent two productive days collecting data for their A Level coursework, while also developing their general fieldwork skills.

On our first day in Devon, we visited two places, Westward Ho! and Bude, spending time in the towns as well as on the beach. In Westward Ho! we explored the seaside town, carrying out questionnaires on tourism in the area and we were able to gauge the opinions of tourists and local residents on the impact of visitors to the area. Some students simultaneously carried out a study into longshore currents on the nearby beach.

In the afternoon, we travelled to Bude where we carried out the same questionnaire with the people in Bude, allowing us to compare results between the two towns. We also repeated the experiment to find the speed of the currents on Summerleaze Beach. In Bude we also looked at the beach morphology of Summerleaze Beach, with our two hypotheses being ‘beach sediment will increase with distance up the beach’ and ‘the gradient of the beach is a uniform profile’.

To test our first hypothesis, we sampled pebbles from the beach, measuring the long axes of the sediment and assessing the roundness and angularity of each piece. To investigate our second hypothesis, we used ranging poles and a gun clinometer to measure changes in the angle of the slope every 30m. This data was then used back in school to analyse the beach morphology of the area. That evening we went to a restaurant near Bude where we enjoyed a delicious meal and amazing views of the sea.

On our second day, we travelled to a selection of wards in Exeter to conduct human geography investigations on a variety of topics, from patterns of deprivation to people’s sense of place.

On the trip we all learnt useful skills that can be applied throughout our NEA, for both physical and human geography. We learnt how to safely carry out physical investigations in coastal areas, assessing any limitations and without disturbing the general public. As well as learning new skills, we enjoyed spending time in our lodges in the evenings, exploring the place we were staying and seeing the resident peacocks and runner ducks!

Millie LVI (Year 12)