Course introduction

The local knowledge and expertise of our geography field studies specialists combined with a choice of outstanding UK locations means we’re well-placed to run the geography course you need for your advanced level students.

The 1:6 staff to student ratio means we’re able to give more support to each individual as they go about their investigations.

Your students can collect data on tablet devices, use our IT facilities to analyse their results, prepare reports and compare their own findings with online case studies and secondary evidence.

Our priority is always to ensure we meet your group’s learning needs – as defined by you. We spend time and effort before you arrive to ensure we meet your requirements, and our dedicated support is ongoing throughout your course.

And finally, of course, we take care of all aspects of the health and safety of your group during your stay – you’re in safe hands with us.

Study modules

Human Geography

Coastal Management
Students examine the conflicts that arise from coastal erosion and the options for coastal management. They investigate different types of coastal defences through field sketches and discuss how they should be managed in the future through a decision matrix. Each option is examined through cost benefit analysis and all relevant economic, social, educational and industrial impacts are investigated and discussed.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Crowded Coasts
Students examine the conflicts which arise from coastal erosion and the options for coastal management. They investigate different types of coastal defences through field sketches and discuss how they should be managed in the future through a decision matrix. Each option is examined through cost benefit analysis and all relevant economic, social, educational and industrial impacts are investigated and discussed.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Data Collection Techniques
This unit provides students with an introduction to a variety of different data collection techniques, both in theory and practically as part of an investigation. Techniques covered include traffic surveys, pedestrian surveys, land use mapping, environmental assessments and questionnaires. Students' work will have an emphasis on experimental design, accurate and consistent data collection, hypothesis testing and, where appropriate, statistical analysis.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Impacts of Tourism
Students examine the reasons for the historical development of a tourist resort. Effects of recreational pressure on local employment, land use conflicts, the physical environment and traffic congestion are considered. Data is collected through land use mapping, pedestrian surveys and traffic counts. Information collected is analysed through classification of land use maps and collation of questionnaires. A report can be written and a management plan produced for future work.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Management and Conflicts
Students discover how landscape features, as a natural resource, can have a massive impact on the environment and character of an area - how they can generate income but also produce areas of natural beauty and scientific importance, thereby introducing conflict over a variety of issues. Students create a report of their findings based on the viewpoints of people living in the community.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Re-branding Places
Students investigate the reasons for re-branding, different approaches to re-branding and its impact on the local community and the wider area. Using a local study they investigate the profile of the area and the use of local resources and traditions, alongside other topics such as the use of arts and communications media to re-brand. Evidence, including digital photos, land use and other surveys is collected and students can produce a presentation or report of their investigation.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Rural and Urban Issues
For rural issues, students investigate the changing function of a village over time and the issues associated with rural settlements. Geographical techniques are used to illustrate how an area has changed over time. Evidence of the impact of other settlements and the rural employment levels and type are discussed. For urban issues, producing land use classification maps of town centres allows students to investigate patterns in retail settlements and settlement function. Development of towns over time can be demonstrated through a study of building type and the CBD can be mapped.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Tourism and Environments
Students examine the development of a tourist location. Landscape features and local history are considered alongside the effects of recreational pressure on local employment, land use conflicts, the physical environment and traffic congestion. Data can be collected through land use mapping, pedestrian surveys and traffic counts. Information collected can be analysed through classification of land use maps and collation of questionnaires and then included in a written report.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Physical Geography

Coastal Processes and Features
By working as part of a team students profile a beach, taking accurate measurements which are entered onto a pocket computer. Students discuss beach formation and the reasons why beaches differ in shape and sediment size. They then discuss the results obtained and suggest why sediment size varies in relation to its position on the beach. Simple experiments allow observations of long shore drift and wave refraction.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Rivers
The form and function of rivers are studied from source to mouth in this river investigation, including width, depth, velocity, hydraulic radius, wetted perimeter, land use, surface run off, sediment size and common fluvial formations such as point bars, meanders, river cliffs and braided channels. Students can relate their findings to the human influence upon the sample sites. The data gathered in the field and digital photos taken can be used to write-up the day’s findings.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay


If you're looking to combine your studies with other subject areas you can take a look at our modules in Biology and Environmental Science
and Geology.

Activities

The PGL Adventure Bonus
Choose from our popular on-site adventure activities, such as zip wire, giant swing, trapeze, climbing and abseiling, to complement your study sessions and tailor-make your course to your requirements.

Select an activity for a full description

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 4 day Geography A Level Field Studies course for Secondary Schools
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
07.30-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day: Fluvial Investigation - morning session Full day: Coastal Management - morning session Half day: Urban and Rural Settlement comparison
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch Lunch at centre
14.00-15.30 15.30 onwards - arrive on centre, unpack and orientation Full day: Fluvial Investigation - afternoon session Full day: Coastal Management - afternoon session Depart centre after lunch
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Quiz Show
Follow-up session Follow-up session  

Learning outcomes

Your needs – your choice.

We tailor the fieldwork to meet your requirements, so the outcomes are very much down to what you decide is your focus. Whether it’s a case of introducing a new topic, reinforcing work done in school, or revising a range of topics in preparation for exams for AS, A level or Highers – it’s up to you.

We can recommend the best choice of location to suit the specific requirements of your group.

Learnings and data from fieldwork and research done at PGL will form the basis of solid case studies for future examinations.

Your students benefit from being able to undertake individual investigations.

Our experience with many groups at this level means we can help with recommending appropriate project work.

You students will face their exams with more confidence, inspired by their fieldwork and follow-up sessions, which will have consolidated their learning.

Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.