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

Geological Investigation
Students are introduced to the concepts of rock types, the rock cycle, weathering, erosion and the processes that have led to the formation of a local geological landmark. Students lead their own investigation into the human activity that has shaped the landscape and collect fieldwork data. The data gathered in the field along with digital photos taken can be used to produce a presentation of the day’s geological study.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Geology, Rocks and Fossils
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
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.
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 can 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

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.