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The LookOut, Hyde Park provides the perfect base for A-level, BTEC and International Baccalaureate fieldwork. Students have access to field equipment, a range of park habitats and expert educators to guide their data collection. Uncover, discover and be inspired by the natural world!

To discuss your requirements with our experienced education team, just fill in our enquiry form and we'll be in touch.


Practical ecology and fieldwork (AS/A2 level)

We offer carefully developed modules mapped to the specifications of each major exam board, and can tailor these according to the sampling techniques that your students need to practice. You can book either a half or full-day depending on your needs.

Students will plan and complete a scientific investigation using qualitative and quantitative sampling techniques and record their observations and results. They will learn to use a range of equipment to take biotic and abiotic measurements and be encouraged to reflect on their fieldwork, identifying limitations and scope for future improvements. Depending on the module and preferences of the group risk assessments, field sketches or scientific drawings may be made and written procedures followed. Modules can be chosen to cover random, systematic or stratified sampling, and use habitats including meadow, amenity grassland, freshwater and trees (lichen studies). One module can be completed per half day session.

The following exam board specified practicals may be completed:

  • OCR – Practical Activity Group 3 - 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
  • AQA Core Practical Activity 12
  • Edexcel A Core Practical 10
  • Edexcel B Core Practical 16

Please discuss the needs of your group with us and we can arrange a session to suit your students. If you are looking for something not listed above please get in touch – we may well be able to cater for your needs.

Three-day investigations for International Baccalaureate diploma programme

Our three-day investigations course is suitable for students studying environmental systems and societies and/or biology. It gives them a comprehensive grounding in sampling techniques, which enables them to design their own individual investigation that they carry out during the course. This investigation is suitable for students to write up for internal assessment.

Students use qualitative and quantitative techniques to complete random, systematic and stratified sampling. They learn to plan and execute their own investigations, select and evaluate methods and equipment, and complete risk assessments. A variety of habitats including freshwater and meadows are used to survey plants and animals. There may also be opportunities to complete Lincoln indexes, Simpson’s index of diversity and pyramids of biomass. Please get in touch with us so we can discuss the needs of your group.

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