NEW! Self-Taught Field Studies

for secondary schools

2020 - 2 nights from £69+VAT

You focus on the studies, we'll help with everything else

Our new self-taught field studies course allows you to focus on teaching your subject while we arrange everything else; accommodation, equipment, study facilities and, best of all, fantastic locations for investigations and learning.

Osmington Bay (situated atop a Dorset cliff) or Little Canada (on the banks of an Isle of Wight creek) will be your base from which you can explore the rivers, towns, beaches, coastal formations and all that the local area has to offer.

Please note: this course is not available on weekdays during May, June and July.

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

How it works

Our residential centres are an ideal base for fieldwork investigations with easy access to some carefully chosen and risk-assessed sites nearby, or alternative locations hand-picked by you.

There is a great range of study locations in the vicinity of our two centres and you are free to head off with your group and conduct your own investigations and study. We will provide you with a member of the PGL centre team to accompany you and help with directions and parking. Transport is essential to make the most of the surrounding area, depending on your group size you can bring your own minibus or we can assist in booking your very own coach for the duration of your stay.

And in the evenings you can choose to follow-up your study sessions in our classrooms or enjoy a full programme of fun-packed evening entertainment led by the PGL team.

Suggested fieldwork locations

We have hand-picked a variety of locations that are ideal for studies at KS3, GCSE and A level. So, whether you're looking to focus your fieldwork on physical/human geography, geology, biology or environmental science we've got something to suit your requirements. Alternatively, if you have specific sites of interest that you'd like to visit, you're free to lead your group to those instead.

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 (supplement applies).

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.