Course introduction

When it’s all about results, motivation and preparation make all the difference.
And that’s where we can help.
Bring your GCSE group to one of the finest geography field studies locations in the UK.
Then let the location and our staff do the rest!

Collect high-quality data; let us run a controlled assessment for you; focus on exam preparation. Whatever your priority is, we will make it ours.

Your pupils will soon be producing case studies of classic local examples with subject matter including coastal locations, fluvial systems, rural or urban settlements and much more.

All our staff have honours degrees in a relevant subject.
They are allocated to GCSE / Scottish CfE groups in the ratio of 1:12.
They take responsibility not only for organising a course tailored to meet your exact requirements, but also for all aspects of the health and safety of your group during their fieldwork sessions.

It’s good to know you’re in safe hands.

Study modules

Human Geography

Human Impact and Conservation
Students are required to redevelop a local brown-field site or area and to take into consideration various opposing views of how it should be done. They then present their ideas to the group using visuals, debates or in role-playing scenarios.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Retail Settlements Today
Students investigate the function and layout of a retail settlement using various geographical techniques. They also investigate the location of services in relation to each other. The history of the area is discussed to demonstrate the changing function of the town over time.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Rural Settlements
Students investigate the changing function of a village over time and the issues associated with rural settlements. Geographical techniques are used to formulate an image of how an area has changed over time. Evidence of the impact of other settlements and the rural employment levels and type are discussed.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Tourism Investigation
Using different methods of data collection, students explore a tourist resort and consider the factors involved in its development, such as the effects of recreational pressure on local employment, conflicting land use, the physical environment and traffic congestion.
Available at: Osmington Bay

Urban Settlements
By producing land use classification maps of town centres students are able to recognise patterns in retail settlements and settlement function. Development of towns over time can be demonstrated through a range of data collection techniques.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Physical Geography

Coastal Management
Coastal erosion and the conflicts which arise as a result of it are examined along with the options available to manage it. Different types of coastal defences and management systems are investigated and students discuss future coastal management strategies.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Coastal Processes and Features
With reference to nearby examples, students discuss the formation of coastal features and how they have evolved. Features include stumps, stacks, caves and wave-cut platforms. A beach profile can be constructed if required.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Rivers and Fluvial Systems
The form and functions of rivers are studied in this river investigation, including meanders, floodplains and smaller formations such as point bars and river cliffs. A number of measurements such as width, depth, velocity and sediment size can be collected at a variety of sample sites.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Geology

Geology and Landscapes
Geological features can generate income through tourism but can also produce areas of natural beauty and scientific importance, thereby introducing conflict at a number of levels. By visiting a number of sedimentary rock localities students discover the impact geology, as a natural resource, has on the environment and character of an area.
Available at: Little Canada

Geology, Rocks and Fossils
Students examine various rocks formed by different environmental conditions, hunt for fossils and learn about the tectonic events that have shaped the land.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

People, Rocks and Landscapes
Visiting a number of igneous rock localities students will see how geology as a natural resource can have a massive impact on the environment and character of an area. Geological features can generate income but can also produce areas of natural beauty and scientific importance, thereby introducing conflict over a variety of issues.
Available at: Little Canada

Biology

Comparative Ecological Investigation
Undertaking a comparative investigation of different habitats, students examine how plant communities are affected by biotic and abiotic factors. Students also identify plants and their adaptations.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Farming and Biodiversity
This unit addresses man’s influence in terms of historical change, sustainability and biodiversity. Farming methods are reviewed in the context of nutrient cycling, the water cycle, species diversity and geology.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Marine Zonation
At a chosen local beach students explore marine life. Starting in the splash zone and working through the upper and lower intertidal zones, students are encouraged to study and collect as many organisms as possible and also discuss their adaptations and the stress factors affecting these numbers, zone by zone.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Stream Ecology
Changes in the course of a river from source to mouth are investigated with a focus on the change in communities of invertebrates. Pollution, land use and management are examined as factors for change.
Available at: Little Canada

Woodland Ecology
Students make comparative studies of coniferous and deciduous or mixed woodland. The role of woodland in the nitrogen and carbon cycles is discussed along with expected changes in diversity within physical parameters.
Available at: Osmington Bay

Environmental Science

Freshwater Pollution
Biotic and abiotic factors are used in analysing pollution levels in a freshwater system. Students focus on changes in invertebrate communities across multiple sites and examine the reasons for the changes including land use and management.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

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 GCSE Field Studies course
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
07.30-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   ¾ day: Local River Study - morning session ¾ day: Coastal Processes and Formations - morning session Activity: Raft Building
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch Lunch at centre
14.00-17.00 15.30 onwards - arrive on centre, unpack and orientation ¾ day: Local River Study - afternoon session

Activity: Giant Swing
¾ day: Coastal Processes and Formations - afternoon session

Activity: Zip Wire
Depart centre after lunch
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
PGL Sports Night
Follow-up session Follow-up session  

Learning outcomes

Your needs – your choice.

Because we tailor our geography field studies courses to meet your requirements, the outcomes are very much down to what you prioritise. Whether it’s a case of introducing a new topic, reinforcing work done in school, revising a range of topics or even focussing on SPaG in preparation for exams – it’s up to you.

You could leave with a controlled assessment completed – talk to us about running this for you.

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

Your pupils will leave with more confidence to face their exams from their hands-on work and follow-up sessions which will have consolidated their learning.

The additional adventure challenges, if you choose to include them, will enhance the overall experience, breaking up study periods with teambuilding and individual confidence-building activities.

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.