FSC | Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

What are FSC Centres like?

What are FSC Centres like?

The FSC runs field Centres in some of the finest locations in the UK, all chosen for the richness and diversity of their surroundings. Each Centre has its own unique character; most are historic buildings. Original buildings have been adapted and extended so that they have the full range of services that visitors need. We would stress that an FSC Centre is not a hotel. However, the buildings do have lots of character and a friendly atmosphere.

Twelve FSC Centres cater for residential courses while the  Epping Forest Centre near London is a purpose built day Centre and, therefore, offers mainly one and two day courses. All Centres (including Epping Forest) also offer the option of using local bed and breakfast accommodation and the course can be joined on a non resident fee basis.

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What's the accommodation like?

All Centres provide simple, comfortable accommodation mostly in a mixture of twin and shared bedrooms, although rooms for sole occupancy are also available on request. Most bedrooms have wash hand basins, with toilet and shower facilities close by.  Preston MontfordDale FortSlapton LeyMalham Tarn and Millport have some purpose-built accommodation with twin rooms and en-suite facilities available. All operate a no smoking policy though some have a dedicated area for smokers.

People with disabilities

The FSC positively welcomes disabled guests provided they can manage independently or are accompanied by a friend or relative, on the same course, able to assist them. Our Centre staff will help you decide on the suitability of each course. BlencathraDale FortKindroganMalham TarnPreston Montford and Slapton Ley have purpose-built accommodation and facilities for people with wheelchairs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
The course information is also available on this website which has been designed in line  with the latest W3C accessibility guidelines. Large print individual course leaflets are also available from the Centres on request.

How do I reach FSC Centres?

All Centres are readily accessible. None is more than 40 minutes from a railway station and some are much closer. Full locational details will be forwarded when you book.

What's included in the fee?

With FSC courses there are NO hidden extras. We have 70 years' experience in organising courses and pride ourselves in providing excellence in tuition, safety and value for money.

The Residential course fee includes

  • Up to 8 hours teaching time a day, plus relaxing breaks for meals and refreshments
  • Full board and accommodation including a cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, home made cakes and an evening meal. Vegetarian and other dietary options are available
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day
  • Use of Centre resources including library, laboratory, workrooms, studios and the Centre grounds
  • Centre-organised transport during the course (other than boat trips) and most admission fees
  • Pre course information plus domestic and travel arrangement

FSC Non-residential course fees at residential Centres include

  • All the above except breakfast and accommodation

For one-day courses please check the full course details online or contact the Centre to find out what is included within the fee and what you will need to bring.