Is there a correlation between how safe you feel in a place and the actual levels of crime experienced there? Does deprivation really exist in places that people perceive as less wealthy? This course uses a range of GIS and primary data to prove assumptions we make about places.

Delivered in a range of locations (Norwich, Ipswich and Lowestoft) the focus of each couse is based on the centre for nightlife – an area frequently perceived as the least safe in any urban area.

Students will use data from and the Index of Multiple Deprivation prior to their course to understand how real crime and deprivation levels vary in the area of investigation. They will then design fieldwork to discover how these areas are perceived and what the lived reality of these places are like.

This will Include the facilitating of non-participant observations, mood meters, epitome words, environmental quality surveys and safety surveys.

AQA: Factors contributing to the character of places, how humans perceive places.

Edexcel: The functions of places can be measured using levels of deprivation, crime and quality of the living environment. Places can be represented in a variety of different forms, giving contrasting images to that presented more formally and statistically.

OCR: The socio-economic characteristics that shape place identity, how people perceive place in different ways, how formal and statistical representations of place, such as census and geospatial data, contrasts with informal representations.

Primary Fieldwork can include:

  • Non-participant observations
  • Mood meters
  • Epitome words
  • Environmental quality surveys
  • Safety surveys

Provided resources:

  • Student log-in to customisable fieldwork booklet
  • Pre-course teaching resources
  • Secondary data


Low season 1st November - 31st March


Mid season 1st April - 31st May
1st September - 31st October


High season 1st June - 31st July


GFA Southwold 07907299910 / 01728860631
GFA Skegness 07398257944 / 01507603980