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A Level Students:

Do you want to bring classroom learning to life, improve your geographical skills and knowledge and prepare for university? Then read on to find out more about taking part in our fieldwork Summer School.

Fieldwork Summer School:

Every summer since 2008, the Learning and Leading programme has held a fully funded, residential fieldwork summer school for geography students at the end of their first year of AS studies (or equivalent). Packed full of outdoor fieldwork in a variety of environments with some additional team-building exercises and classroom based GIS and data analysis sessions, the Summer School is run by experienced geography tutors from the field centre. It is tailored to supplement the national curriculum and introduce you to new and exciting ways of studying geography.

The summer school is aimed at students who, through challenging circumstances or lack of opportunity, have not been able to benefit from such experiences before. This could be because your school is unable to provide fieldwork, because of family circumstances or due to other pressures you're facing.

2016 marks the last of the Summer Schools as the Learning and Leading programme will finish in September 2016. There are only 16 places available so please read the Guidance Notes before applying and put some thought into your application form.


Locations and timings:

The 2016 Summer School will take place at the Cranedale Centre nr Malton in the Yorkshire Wolds from Monday 22 August - Friday 26 August 2016.

The centre is ideally located for studying coastal geomorphology and management, hydrology, ecosystems, glaciology, urban rebranding and many other facets of geography. Please see below for the week's programme.

The Summer School is free to attend and all costs for accommodation, meals, and transport to and from the centre (usually by train) as well as local transport during the Summer School (by centre-owned minibuses) are covered by the Learning and Leading programme.


Aims and Outcomes:

The full days of outdoor fieldwork are designed to consolidate your existing knowledge and introduce you to new facets of fieldwork and outdoor learning. In the evenings, time is factored in for social activities, interactive learning and 'leisure' time.

As a result of the Summer School you can expect to:

  • Improve your geographical skills, knowledge and understanding, see real-life case studies and try different fieldwork techniques.  
  • Prepare for and find out more about studying geography at university.
  • Build confidence, independence, initiative, teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Make new friends from all over the UK.

See slideshows from  to get an idea of what students have done in the past. See below for this year's programme.  


To Apply:

The deadline for applying for the August 2016 Summer School is 5.00pm on Friday 20 May 2016

To apply, please use the downloadable forms below. Each application must be accompanied by a Nomination Form, completed and signed by your geography teacher. Please make sure that both you and your teacher read the Guidance Notes before applying.

Applications must be emailed to Charlie Eustace, the Learning and Leading Coordinator on landl@rgs.org by 5.00pm on 20 May 2016. The deadline will be strictly observed and receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

For any questions, please contact Charlie Eustace on landl@rgs.org or phone on 0207 591 3180.

Sep. 2015 - Aug. 2016 is the 'Year of Fieldwork', a collaboration between the RGS-IBG, Field Studies Council, Esri UK, the Geographical Association and Ordnance Survey. Find out more here: @yearoffieldwork

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