Conway Centres Arts and Outdoor Education


Conway Centres

Arts and Outdoor Education

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Geography at A Level

All fieldwork can involve problem identification, hypothesis formulation, data collection methods, presentation techniques and statistical analysis. The fieldwork can be used as training for possible personal projects, for improving field studies techniques and for greater understanding of a variety topics being studied at A Level.

Coastal Studies

Sea Cliff Erosion.  Field sketching, identification of features.

Beach Processes.  Measuring beach profiles, pebble size analysis, investigation of coastal defences.

Sand Dune Morphology and Succession.  Illustration of dune forming processes and different dune types. Measuring transect profile and vegetation succession.

Management of a Coastal Nature Reserve.  Management strategies to resolve conflict between the conservation of public areas.

Follow Up Work.  Some possible follow ups would include drawing beach and dune profiles, diagrammatic presentation of pebble and vegetation data and hypothesis testing.


Glacial Geomorphology.  Glacial erosion features, effects of Geology on landscape, and sediments glacial deposits and till fabric analysis. Erosional and depositional features in the Llanberis and/or Ogwen valley. Field sketching.

Cirque Analysis.  Study of the spatial distribution of Cirques in North Wales; involving an in depth study of either 2 or 3 cirques.

Follow Up Work.  A range of follow up work can be undertaken, including graphical representation of results and hypothesis testing, coupled with oral and visual presentation of findings.

Woodlands and Soils

Woodland Ecosystems.  Study of three contrasting woodland areas, identifying vegetation cover and invertebrate fauna. Measuring soil profiles and soil pH, light intensity and tree density.

Forest Regeneration.  Recovery of land following clear-felling. Changes in ecosystems following planting.

Forest Management.  Land use in forests and commercial forestry Visit.

Follow up Work.  A range of oral and visual presentation of findings combined with graphical representation of results and hypothesis testing.

River Studies

Human Impact on River Channels and Catchment Areas.  Study of land use and human influence on the upper catchment areas of a number of rivers.

Channel Characteristics.  Measurement of channel characteristics, including depth, width, velocity, bedload size, shape and gradient at a minimum of three different sites.

Features of a Valley.  Gorge characteristics, agricultural land use and glacial scenery.

Flood Analysis.  A study of flooding in a North Wales valley and analysis of a hypothetical Flood Amelioration scheme.

Follow Up Work.  Follow up work would include such work as diagrammatic presentation of results, statistical analysis of pebble data, hypothesis testing.

Urban Studies

Urban/Rural Fringe.  Land use mapping and environmental quality assessments on transect into Caernarfon and/or Llangefni.

CBD Studies.  Land use mapping, shopping & environmental quality , pedestrian counts, impact of tourism on development of Caernarfon.

Impact of Retail Development.  A study of new ‘out of town’ retail developments and a possible comparisons/effects upon older retail outlets.

Follow Up Work.  This could include the plotting of land use on transects and CBD maps, environmental and pedestrian count isoline maps. Chloropeth maps, clustering of functions (nearest neighbour analysis) and optimum location location.

Rural Studies

Rural Settlement.  Study of the function, site, situation, type and transport links of a number of contrasting villages

Follow Up Work.  Possible work for follow up could be a comparison with Christaller's Central Place Theory. Location Coefficient, Centrality Values, Functional Index to obtain rank order of settlements. Nearest Neighbour Analysis and Spearman Rank Correlation.


Impact of Tourism on National Parks.  Study of footpath erosion and tourist provision in the Snowdonia National Park. Cwm Idwal.

Tourist ‘Honey-pot’ Study.  Methods of managing visitors in a popular location. E.g. Llanberis. Betws y Coed.

Tourist Developments.  The use of previous industrial locations to provide tourist attractions.

Visitor Pressure.  Impact of tourism on a fragile ecosystem. Management strategies to minimise damage.

Impact of Tourism on Towns.  Contrasting two tourist resorts for environmental quality and functions.

Follow Up Work.  Possible follow up could include oral presentations, diagrammatic presentation of results, statistical analysis and hypothesis testing.

Environmental Impact Assessments

Development of Major Project:

    1. Hypothetical extension to the Cwm Dyli HEP scheme or Local Wind-farm
    2. Identification of environmental impact of the development of a derelict quarry site

Follow up Work.  Follow up work could be undertaken such as oral presentations with groups representing hypothetical interested parties.

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