GCSE Geography

Our Key Stage 4 programmes are delivered by our highly trained, specialist instructors and designed to meet the needs of your school and the curriculum.

We will tailor your studies to suit your individual exam board specification, including AQA, Edexcel and OCR. We can design your studies to assist with one or both of the two days of compulsory fieldwork as well as studies to support classroom learning.

We can assist with the skills needed for fieldwork examinations. See below to explore these subjects further.


Our Environmental Field Studies programme combines a variety of human and physical geography topics

Our Key Stage 4 Environmental Field Studies programmes are delivered by our specialist environmental instructors and are designed to meet the needs of your chosen Geography specification, including AQA, Edexcel B or OCR B.  This programme can be tailored to the needs of paper 3 of AQA/ Edexcel and OCR exam boards for Geography GCSE. 

An Environmental Field Studies programme at Kingswood can be designed to include the use of our adventure activities to further your students’ confidence and communication skills.

For each investigation, the students are guided through the geographical enquiry process. Before heading out into the field they recap the topic and learn the techniques they are going to use, with specific focus on why that technique helps them answer their enquiry question and what limitations might they face. Whilst out in the field they will visit specific locations and collect primary data that they can present back in the classroom. On returning to centre students are guided through data presentation and analysis, using various graphs as well as GIS Software. Students can also be guided in evaluating their methods, data presentation or even their investigation as a whole, as well as drawing conclusions.

Our follow up sessions can be tailored to flow seamlessly with your plan on returning to school, as all work completed by the students is made available to you upon your departure.


Suitable for

Secondary schools

Available at

Colomendy and Overstrand Hall 

Curriculum link



Rivers is a stalwart of physical geography. Having been provided with specialist equipment the students get involved with collecting data at a number of sites along a local river.

Investigation focuses and example enquiry questions include:

Changes in the Long Profile
“How does the River Example change along its course?”

Human Impacts
“To what extent has human activity impacted the River Example?”

Fieldwork can also include:

  • Measurements of width, depth, wetted perimeter
  • Measurements of gradient, flow velocity, float velocity
  • Measurements of bedload size and shape

Coastal processes and management

Students investigate the local coastline by visiting sites specifically selected to suit their enquiry questions. By comparing and contrasting locations they gain a clearer understanding of the subject matter and see real life examples of textbook theory.

Investigation focuses and example enquiry questions include:

Management and Processes
“To what extent does coastal management impact coastal processes and communities along the Example Coast?”

Spit Formation
“To what extent has coastal processes influenced the formation of Example Spit?”

Urban studies

Urban environments are a key component of human geography. By visiting a city that is different to the ones they know, this helps students apply the geographic principles more easily. Students are taken to nearby cities and use a variety of methods to gather data relevant to their enquiry question.

Investigation focuses and example enquiry questions include:

“Has regeneration in Example City been successful?”

“To what extent can Example City be considered a sustainable city?”

Quality of life
“How does quality of life vary between areas of Example City?”

Land Use Change (Burgess/Hoyt models - CBD, Inner City etc.)
“How does Example City change with distance from the Central Business District?”

Rural studies

Students visit a number of different rural settlements to compare service provision and accessibility. They will identify potential advantages and issues relating to living in rural areas in particular the spiral of decline. Students will visit local rural towns investigating their differences and how they are changing. 

Investigation focuses and example enquiry questions include:

“To what extent has economic change impacted example rural town and its community?”

“To what extent does quality of life vary between communities in example rural area?”

Two night stay includes:

  • Hot breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Packed lunch on day two for your excursion  
  • High adrenaline activities
  • IT lab sessions
  • Field study for GCSE Geography - Choose from the four options two physical and two human
  • Plus, go further with off-centre excursion within Norfolk* and field study for GCSE Geography

Other length stays are available, enquire now to find out more...

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Looking for school trips to support A Level Geography?

Our new sister centre, Skern Lodge in Devon, offers an advanced Environmental Field Studies programme – ideal for years 12 and 13.

Find out more here