Geology AS & A level

for secondary schools

  • Geology Residential Trip for A Level

Contrasting locations

The Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Wight: two geologically significant locations, both home to PGL residential centres offering AS and A level geology courses.

Our experienced teams ensure your curriculum requirements are met, with tailor-made courses which exploit the rich diversity at two of the finest geological sites in the UK.

Study modules

Our courses are tailored to meet the requirements of the new geography curriculums in England and Wales (first teaching in 2016).
A choice of modules gives students opportunities to carry out the investigations relevant to the specifications of the examination board they are following.

Geology

Geology, Rocks and Fossils OCR
Students examine sedimentary rocks formed under a range of environmental conditions and discuss the tectonic events that have shaped the landscape, with specific reference to the site they are visiting. Students hunt for fossils and examine the process of fossilisation from living creature to potential museum piece.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

People, Rocks and Landscapes Edexcel, OCR
Visiting a number of localities students discover how geology, as a natural resource, impacts on the environment and character of an area. Igneous geological features can attract industries, particularly tourism but can also produce areas of natural beauty and scientific importance thereby introducing conflict over a variety of issues. Students can create a report of their findings based on the viewpoints of people living in the community.
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 Human and Physical Geography and Biology and Environmental Science.

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 Geology course for Secondary Schools
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 5
07.30-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day: People, Rocks and Landscapes at Durdle Door / Lulworth Cove - morning session Full day: Engineering Geology at Portland - morning session Half day: Mass Movement at Osmington Bay
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch Lunch at centre
14.00-17.00 15.30 onwards - arrive on centre, unpack and orientation Full day: People, Rocks and Landscapes at Durdle Door / Lulworth Cove - afternoon session Full day: Engineering Geology at Portland - afternoon session Depart centre after lunch
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Ambush
Follow-up session Follow-up session  

Learning outcomes

Your needs dictate exactly how your course is structured and our expertise makes sure you get the best out of it. Whether it’s exam preparation, introducing a new topic or reinforcing work completed in school, we tailor the programme to meet your specific needs.

The geology fieldwork and research completed on a PGL field studies course, enables your students to return to school armed with facts and figures they can use for case studies, coursework or for future exam preparation.

A 1:6 staff to student ratio means more support for each student as they make their investigations.

We are able to recommend relevant project work and topics using our many years of expertise in delivering courses for groups at this level.

Barton Hall, South Devon

Barton Hall, South Devon

A great location near Torquay.

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

On the coast near Woodbridge

Beam House, North Devon

Beam House, North Devon

Near Bideford and the beach/surf school

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

In 250 acres near Shrewsbury.

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Ten miles north of Grantham

Dalguise, Perthshire

Dalguise, Perthshire

Five miles north of Dunkeld.

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

A cosy centre near Ross on Wye.

Liddington, Wiltshire

Liddington, Wiltshire

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon.

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Set on the banks of Wootton Creek.

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye.

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Near Hindhead, close to London.

Osmington Bay, Dorset

Osmington Bay, Dorset

On the Jurassic coast near Weymouth.

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Near Brecon in the Black Mountains.

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

On the Sussex Downs not far from London.

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Set in 50 acres near Preston.

Revision Weekends

Revision Weekends

Revision the PGL way. Take your group away for a weekend of revision combined with activity breaks keeping them motivated, focussed & engaged.

2019 just £87+VAT per person!