Biology
A level

for secondary schools

30% off spring 2020 - 2 nights now from £69+VAT

  • Biology A Level Residential for Schools

Fieldwork and research for exam-ready students

Our field studies centre is at a coastal location, within easy reach of rivers, and provides plenty of opportunities to study marine, coastal and fluvial environments.

Our experienced teams run the skills-based residential course you need, designed to meet your exam board specifications, with a 1:12 staff-to-student ratio to provide all the support they need while carrying out their investigations.

IOL Field Studies Professional Practice Group

PGL is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), and supports the Field Studies Professional Practice Group (PPG) – a subgroup of the IOL - whose current chair is PGL’s product support manager. The Field Studies PPG is an organisation whose members are engaged in, or have an interest in delivering field studies programmes or environmental education. Its aims are to share good practice and promote field studies and environmental education using the experience and resources at its disposal.

IOL FSPPG

NEW! for 2019/20

A level Biology workbook

Introducing our NEW! comprehensive A level Biology workbooks, written by our team of study course experts. The workbooks cover all the topics you need to meet the fieldwork requirements of the AQA, Edexcel and OCR exam boards.

With a hand-picked selection of topics, carefully chosen locations and the support of the PGL Field Studies Team, our residential courses are sure to set your students on the path to achieving the best exam results!

  • Psammoseral Succession
  • Marine Zonation
  • Stream Ecology

Study modules

A choice of skills-based modules gives students opportunities to carry out the investigations relevant to the specifications of the examination board they are following.

Biology - click to see module information

Marine Zonation AQA, Edexcel, OCR
Horizontal succession is studied using line transects across the littoral zone to measure the percentage and/or frequency cover of the organisms. Vertical zonation studies can also be carried out, using a 10cm quadrat - vertically on the rocks - to examine changes in species number and diversity on a small scale. Both methods are ideal for students undertaking projects with an emphasis on experimental design, accurate and consistent data collection, hypothesis testing and statistical analysis alongside concepts such as Ballantine’s scale of exposure.

Psammoseral Succession AQA, Edexcel, OCR
A Nature Reserve system is an ideal location for studying the abiotic and biotic factors of succession over sand and the factors that affect this process. Opportunities are provided to study different approaches to sustainable development and how humans impact upon succession. Data analysis and statistical tests can be used to complete a report on the investigation.

Stream Ecology AQA, Edexcel, OCR
Students investigate how a river changes along its course from source to mouth, focusing on the change in invertebrate communities. Kick and sweep sampling is employed alongside identification keys, and students record their findings on pocket computers. Digital photographs help to identify sample sites, and the reasons for changes along the river, pollution levels, land use and management are examined fully.

Locations

We have a selection of fieldwork locations near to our Field Studies centre, for which we have prepared and written course materials. Risk assessments have also been carried out to ensure the safety of your group.

A typical itinerary for this course

Monday - Friday (5 days / 4 nights)

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day:
Psammoseral Succession
Full day:
Marine Zonation
Full day:
Stream Ecology
Half day:
Follow-up session
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch Packed lunch Lunch on centre
14.00-17.00   Full day:
Psammoseral Succession
Full day:
Marine Zonation
Full day:
Stream Ecology
Depart centre
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Photo Challenge
Follow-up session Follow-up session Follow-up session  

Monday - Wednesday (3 days / 2 nights)

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day:
Psammoseral Succession
Half day:
Marine Zonation
12.00-14.00 Arrive and unpack Packed lunch Packed lunch
14.00-17.00 Half day:
Stream Ecology
Full day:
Psammoseral Succession
Depart straight from excursion
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner and free time  
19.00-21.00 Follow-up session Follow-up session  

Wednesday - Friday (3 days / 2 nights)

  Wednesday Thursday Friday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day:
Marine Zonation
Half day:
Stream Ecology
12.00-14.00 Arrive and unpack Packed lunch Packed lunch
14.00-17.00 Half day:
Psammoseral Succession
Full day:
Marine Zonation
Depart straight from excursion
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner and free time  
19.00-21.00 Follow-up session Follow-up session  

Friday - Sunday (2 night weekend)

  Friday Saturday Sunday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day:
Stream Ecology
Full day:
Psammoseral Succession
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch
14.00-17.00   Full day:
Stream Ecology
Full day:
Psammoseral Succession
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Splash
Follow-up session Depart centre

Friday - Monday (3 night weekend)

  Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day:
Stream Ecology
Full day:
Psammoseral Succession
Half day:
Marine Zonation
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch Packed lunch
14.00-17.00   Full day:
Stream Ecology
Full day:
Psammoseral Succession
Depart straight from excursion
17.00-19.00 Dinner and free time Dinner and free time Dinner and free time  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Robot Wars
Follow-up session Follow-up session  

Focus on study or add PGL adventure activities to break up the day.
See our list of activities >

Learning outcomes

Your syllabus. Their needs. Our knowledge.
Our expertise makes sure you get the best out of it.

Use us to introduce a new topic; let us reinforce work done in school, revise a range of topics in preparation for exams – whatever you feel would make best use of your time and our location.

The individual data your students collect during their fieldwork and research can form the basis of solid case studies for future examinations.

A 1:12 PGL staff to student ratio means more support for each student as they make their investigations.

Our experience with field study groups at this level means we can help with recommending appropriate topics and project work.

Our biology and environmental science courses help consolidate and make sense of their studies, giving your students more confidence when it comes to sitting their exams.

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
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 Westward Ho!

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.

Pestalozzi, East Sussex

Pestalozzi, East Sussex

NEW! Opening May 2020!
Six miles north of Hastings.

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 near Brighton.

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.

2020 just £89+VAT per person!