Environmental Quality Surveys

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Environmental Quality Surveys
Main Subject
Key stage
Geography: Geographical applications and skills
Includes answers
Resource type
Complete lesson

Introduce your KS3 and GCSE geography students to environmental quality surveys (EQS) with this complete lesson and data collection template. Suitable for all GCSE exam boards, it's a great activity to complete in preparation for urban fieldwork.

Students will create their own bipolar scale and use it as a benchmark for comparing different areas around their school grounds, measuring factors like air quality, litter and vandalism. Students will also practise their data presentation skills, creating a graph to display their data. Finally, students will analyse their findings with helpful sentence starters to guide them.

The PowerPoint includes helpful step-by-step instructions to prepare students for data collection and for presenting their data in radial diagrams. The worksheet includes printouts of the EQS and a template for students to use when creating their graphs. 

Looking for more fieldwork resources? Geographical applications and skills covers a range of fieldwork techniques including how to complete questionnaires, traffic counts and field sketches.

What is an environmental quality survey?

  • An environmental quality survey uses observations to assess the environmental quality of a location against a range of indicators such as litter and graffiti.
  • The qualities are measured on either a sliding scale or a bi-polar scale with pairs of opposing statements.
  • An environmental quality survey is completed independently creating subjective data based on personal judgement.

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