Geography
A level

for secondary schools

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

  • Geography course for AS and A Level students

Developing the skills to succeed

One of the most outstanding locations for fieldwork in the UK provides your AS and A level students with excellent opportunities to develop their investigative skills, with the help of our trained field studies specialists.

Students collect data and use our IT facilities to analyse their results, prepare reports and compare their own findings with online case studies and secondary evidence. Our priority is to provide the geography course which meets your curriculum requirements.

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 Geography workbook

Introducing our NEW! comprehensive A level Geography 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!

  • Urban Settlements
  • Coastal Management
  • Coastal Processes and Features

Study modules

Our courses are tailored to meet the requirements of the new geography curriculums in England and Wales (first taught in 2016).
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.

Human Geography - click to see module information

Urban Settlements AQA, Edexcel, OCR
Producing land use classification maps of town centres allows students to investigate patterns in retail settlements and settlement function. Development of towns over time can be demonstrated through a study of building type and the CBD can be mapped.

Physical Geography - click to see module information

Coastal Management AQA, Edexcel, OCR
Students examine the conflicts that arise from coastal erosion and the options for coastal management. They investigate different types of coastal defences through field sketches and discuss how they should be managed in the future through a decision matrix. Each option is examined through cost benefit analysis and all relevant economic, social, educational and industrial impacts are investigated and discussed.

Coastal Processes and Features AQA, Edexcel, OCR
By working as part of a team students profile a beach, taking accurate measurements which are entered onto a pocket computer. Students discuss beach formation and the reasons why beaches differ in shape and sediment size. They then discuss the results obtained and suggest why sediment size varies in relation to its position on the beach. Simple experiments allow observations of long shore drift and wave refraction.

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:
Coastal Management
Full day:
Urban Settlements
Full day:
Coastal Processes and Features
Half day:
Follow-up session
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch Packed lunch Lunch on centre
14.00-17.00   Full day:
Coastal Management
Full day:
Urban Settlements
Full day:
Coastal Processes and Features
Depart centre
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Quiz Show
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:
Coastal Processes and Features
Half day:
Urban Settlements
12.00-14.00 Arrive and unpack Packed lunch Packed lunch
14.00-17.00 Half day:
Coastal Management
Full day:
Coastal Processes and Features
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:
Coastal Management
Half day:
Urban Settlements
12.00-14.00 Arrive and unpack Packed lunch Packed lunch
14.00-17.00 Half day:
Coastal Processes and Features
Full day:
Coastal Management
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:
Urban Settlements
Full day:
Coastal Management
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch
14.00-17.00   Full day:
Urban Settlements
Full day:
Coastal Management
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
PGL Sports Night
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:
Coastal Processes and Features
Full day:
Coastal Management
Half day:
Urban Settlements
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch Packed lunch
14.00-17.00   Full day:
Coastal Processes and Features
Full day:
Coastal Management
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
Disco
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 needs – your choice.

We tailor the focus of fieldwork to meet your requirements, so the outcomes are very much down to what you decide is your focus. Whether it’s a case of introducing a new topic, reinforcing work done in school, or revising a range of topics in preparation for exams – it’s up to you.

We can recommend the best option out of our hand-picked locations to suit the specific requirements of your group.

Learnings and data from fieldwork and research done at PGL will 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 many groups at this level means we can help with recommending appropriate project work.

You students will face their exams with more confidence, inspired by their fieldwork and follow-up sessions, which will have consolidated their learning.

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.

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.

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!