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Year Ten Unit Four: Fieldwork Skills​​​​​​​

This unit is made up of the first part of Section B of Paper 3 of the AQA GCSE Geography specification.  Students study a range of fieldwork skills and techniques relating to unfamiliar fieldwork.



Knowledge acquired:

  • The difference between primary and secondary data and how this data can be collected.
  • The different ways in which data can be presented and analysed.

Skills developed:

  • Ability to analyse and interpret data using appropriate statistical techniques
  • Ability to analyses and evaluate methods of data collection and presentation.


  • Ability to understand the most appropriate methods of data collection and presentation.

Links to previous study (where applicable):

  • Links to investigation and enquiry techniques studied at Key Stage Three
  • Link to prior learning at KS4 – applying learning to exam-style questions relating to KSU.

Links to future study / the wider world (where applicable):

  • Links to the remainder of Section B of Paper 3.
  • Link to A Level e.g. AQA A Level – Geography Fieldwork Investigation



Number of Lessons: Approx. 6 lessons (some lessons take longer than one hour to complete)

Sequence of lessons: 

  1. Types of Data
  2. Presenting Data
  3. Analysing Results and reaching conclusions

Main resources:

  • OUP GCSE Geography Textbook for AQA: Pages 326 - 342
  • Teacher-prepared PowerPoint activities for each lesson
  • Exam papers from previous exam series

 Method(s) of assessment: 

  • Summative assessment in Autumn Term of Year 11, after the remainder of the fieldwork part of the specification has been completed.
  • Assessed as part of December Mock in Year 11.
  • Final assessment: assessed within Paper 3 (sat in June of Year 11)

Use of assessment result(s):

  • Used to identify areas of weakness in terms of knowledge and skills.  Addressed throughout the remainder of the course.