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A Level Students

Every August between 2008 and 2016, the Learning and Leading programme ran a five-day fieldwork Summer School for Year 12 students, packed full of fieldwork in a variety of environments, with some additional team-building exercises and classroom-based GIS and data analysis sessions. The Summer Schools were run by experienced geography tutors at field centres around the UK.

Fieldwork Summer School 

The summer schools were aimed at students who, through challenging circumstances or lack of opportunity, had not been able to benefit from such experiences before. This could have been because their school was unable to provide fieldwork, because of family circumstances or due to other pressures they were facing.


Aims and Outcomes:

As a result of the Summer School students could expect to:

  • Improve their 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 communication skills.
  • Make new friends from all over the UK.

See slideshows from previous summer schools or watch the film of the 2016 Summer School.


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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