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The Learning and Leading programme was designed to give students who have faced challenge access to quality geographical fieldwork. Between 2008 and 2016 the programme offered a number of opportunities for students and teachers, including: free, five-day geography fieldwork Summer Schools for Year 12 students; grants for school leavers to go on a meaningful gap year overseas; fieldwork masterclass weekends for geography teachers and grants to enable first year university undergraduates to take part in overseas research projects.

Video: The Learning and Leading Summer School 2016. Directed by Nicholas Jessup, Director of Photography Sam Crook, music by Rowan Bishop

A Level students

A Level: Fieldwork Summer Schools

Five day Summer Schools at field centres around the UK.


Undergraduate Fieldwork Apprenticeships »

Grants for first year undergraduates to take part in fieldwork overseas.

Why do fieldwork?

Why do fieldwork? »

Fieldwork is an important part of geography. It offers a wonderful way of seeing the world, and a chance for personal development.


Gap year students

Gap Year Scholarships »

Gap year Scholarships including grants and support with gap year planning for students wanting to taking a gap year before university.


Weekend fieldwork masterclasses for GCSE and     A Level geography teachers.

Meet the participants

Meet the participants »

Find out what previous participants have done and get inspired to undertake fieldwork and well planned gap experiences.

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