The Barcelona area offers a range of settings for fieldwork
unrivalled in Europe.
The city of Barcelona presents a fascinating case study of many
of the major themes of urban growth and development, from its well preserved
medieval quarters, to the late nineteenth century L’Eixample and the
best-practice urban renewal schemes of El Raval, the Olympic Village and the
current Diagonal Mar and Forum projects. The range of issues that can provide
the basis for student investigations is large.
Barcelona is surrounded by a number of spectacular and
unspoiled Natural Parks. Field study sites include the limestone landscapes of
the Garraf and Montserrat Natural Parks, the Ebro Delta wetlands, the alpine
landscape of Montseny, the volcanic scenery of Garrotxa Volcanic Park, and the
glacial topography of the Vall de Núria.
Field Studies Centre has been helping students of geography, ecology,
biology and business studies explore the Spanish environment since 1999.
Visitors to the centre cover the age range from KS3 and GCSE to
A level and beyond.
Sixth form geography and biology are a major part of Centre
work. KS4 courses are usually based on GCSE or GNVQ subjects. KS3 environmental
education trips support ecology based, creative, mathematical, language and
literacy work. Courses are lead by a specialist tutor from the Centre. Every
course is tailored to the specific needs of the group.
Some group leaders prefer to teach their own students using the centre
The Centre has Health and Safety systems, an excellent safety
record and a dedicated team of experienced, specialist tutors.
Key Stage 4, National Curriculum, Human, Physical,
Ecosystems, Rural Settlements, Coursework, Case Studies, Exam Knowledge and