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Glasgow Caledonian University Advanced Highers Biology field trip 2016
Glasgow Caledonian University recently visited FSC Millport as part of their Advanced Higher Biology studies, over half of them were granted bursary funding.
‘The majority of our students are from some of the most socially deprived areas in Scotland, we would not have been able to attend if it had not been for the FSC bursary.’ Jayne Hamilton, teaching staff at GUC.
The bursary fund allowed every student to take part and gave them the opportunity to experience Biology fieldwork in practice. Their course included cross-curricular themes in Geography and Maths. They covered mark- capture- release for population studies, a rocky shore transect study which allowed application of students knowledge of competition, resource partitioning, mutualism, biotic and abiotic factors and an ecology walk which highlighted the range of habitats and ecosystems on the island which provided an opportunity for discussion of curricular topics such as the role of competition in an ecosystem, symbiosis and the factors that affect them. As well as working in the field the group made use of one of our on-site classrooms to continue with their Advanced Higher Environmental Biology studies. These sessions allowed pupils to focus on exam technique, group work and collaborative learning.
‘Having been to the Millport site previously I was aware of the high standard of teaching and resources available on site. The FSC provide the ideal environment for pupils to learn about field techniques and their application in real-life context.’ Jayne Hamilton.
‘I really enjoyed my time at the centre. The staff were really friendly and explained our topics really well. I liked all the different activities and thought the centre itself was amazing!’ Student, GCU.
Every student should have the opportunity to experience outdoor learning and FSC strives to make this possible. Glasgow Caledonian certainly made the most of their visit, and we’re sure that your school could too.