Biology
A level

for secondary schools

2019 - 2 nights from £89+VAT

  • Biology A Level Residential for Schools

Fieldwork and research for exam-ready students

Two field studies centres at coastal locations, both within easy reach of rivers, provide plenty of opportunities to study marine, coastal and fluvial environments.

Our experienced teams run the 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.

NEW! for 2019

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!

  • Haloseral/Psammoseral Succession
  • Marine Zonation
  • Stream Ecology

Study modules

A choice of 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

Haloseral Succession AQA, Edexcel, OCR
This is a study of the colonization in a salt marsh environment. By carrying out random sampling and performing accurate and detailed line transects, students observe the changes in succession and begin to appreciate the importance of conservation and management of fragile ecosystems. Students can also test their hypotheses using Spearman’s Rank Coefficient calculation to determine if there is a relationship between different environmental factors, e.g. between the pH of the soil and species number. Remaining time can be spent writing up the methodology and discussing the day’s findings.
Available at: Little Canada

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.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

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.
Available at: Osmington Bay

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.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 5 day Biology A Level Field Studies course for Secondary Schools
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
07.30-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day:
Psammoseral/Haloseral Succession
Full day:
Stream Ecology
Full day:
Marine Zonation
Half day:
Classroom Write-up Session
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch Packed lunch Lunch at centre
14.00-17.00 15.30 onwards - arrive on centre, unpack and orientation Full day:
Psammoseral/Haloseral Succession
Full day:
Stream Ecology
Full day:
Marine Zonation
Depart centre after lunch
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Splash
Follow-up session Follow-up session Follow-up session  

Focus on study or add PGL adventure activities to break up the day >

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 for AS and A level – whatever you feel would make best use of your time and our location.

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

A 1:12 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 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!