Field Study trips for school groups

While any school trip where children are taken on a learning experience outside the normal classroom could be described as a field trip, when we talk about field work or field studies we are specifically referring to trips that cover geographical or environmental science topics, and those designed to allow students to make quantitative research such as sampling strategies, or qualitative observations of their immediate surroundings from a scientific perspective.

What sort of activities can children get involved in?

The National Curriculum for KS2 states that Geographical field work skills that children should be able to demonstrate include, measuring and recording features the urban and rural landscape using methods such as plans, maps, and digital technologies. For KS3 it suggests that students use field work to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data.

More specifically, on a field work school trip students could be asked to carry out various forms of sampling in order to find statistical significances. They may record levels of light, temperature or humidity to study micro-climates. River processes and flooding analysis may be assessed by measuring channel velocity or mapping techniques. Coastal erosion management practices or urban economic development trends may be studied using historic data sources.

On this page you will find details of the best environmental studies centres in the UK. Covering all key stages, the courses available below will provide your students with practical experience that will improve their understanding of environmental issues.

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Field Studies Council - London South East



Five fantastic locations in the South East offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The choice of day and residential centres include a huge range of excellent urban and rural field sites from Box Hill to Bushy Park.

-Centres situated in interesting and inspiring environments, within easy reach of excellent field sites. -Courses created carefully to link to curriculum requirements. We can work with you to tailor content to fit in with work back in the classroom. -Passionate and experienced teaching staff who work full time, all year round. You will be allocated the same tutor(s) throughout your course. -FSC take care of everything once you arrive; comfortable accommodation, plenty of tasty food and transport during the course. -Price bands throughout the year to offer value for money. FSC is an environmental education charity with over 70 years experience of providing fieldwork and outdoor learning and a network of 19 UK centres offering day and residential fieldwork opportunities. ...

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Calshot Activities Centre
Calshot Activities Centre

Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Physical Education, Watersports, SEN, Accommodation Only

In our Field Studies sessions students explore and investigate the natural environment through a range of curriculum linked activities. Using the New Forest National Park, Calshot Beach and the Solent on our doorstep, students can experience a wide range of habitats and geographical features in a ha

FSC Bishops Wood
FSC Bishops Wood

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Wildlife, Bushcraft

Surrounded by stunning ancient woodland FSC Bishops Wood has a unique and sustainable centre building. It offers a range of fun and engaging primary or secondary one day outdoor field trips for geography, science and history.

Field Studies Council - London South East
Field Studies Council - London South East

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Food, Wildlife, Bushcraft

Five fantastic locations in the South East offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The choice of day and residential centres include a huge range of excellent urban and rural field sites from Box Hill to Bushy Park.

Residential trips to Lambourne End Activity Centre
Residential trips to Lambourne End Activity Centre

Citizenship, Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN

Set in the Essex countryside yet within the M25, Lambourne End Centre combines Farm, Environmental and Adventurous activities to deliver personal development programmes focused on Self-Esteem, Health & Wellbeing, Life skills, Communication, Teamwork.




YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall
YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

Geography, Human Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Physics, History, Romans, Physical Education

Brand new for 2017 – this state-of-the-art hostel is an exciting £14.8 million initiative created in partnership with the Northumberland National Park Authority. It is the ideal base for exploring the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council
Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Bushcraft

Experience amazing outdoor locations at Field Studies Council’s network of UK Centres. Our courses are all focused on students being immersed in the natural world. They also make use of the beautiful surroundings including using bushcraft skills.

Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre
Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre

History, Geography, Physical Education, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, SEN, Accommodation Only, Romans, Medieval, Fieldstudies

Experience the magic of Longtown... the perfect base for experiencing exciting adventures throughout the Brecon Beacons led by our team of enthusiastic, experienced and fully-qualified instructors. Day Trips from £15 per child to 5 day residentials

FSC London
FSC London

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

FSC uses sites across London including parks and urban spaces to deliver exciting fieldwork and outdoor learning one day trips. We work in partnership with The Royal Parks and the London Borough of Lewisham at some of these locations.


Crowden Outdoor Education Centre
Crowden Outdoor Education Centre

Citizenship, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Accommodation Only

In the heart of the Peak District, Crowden Outdoor Educational Centre has been working with schools and youth groups since 1979. Creating bespoke outdoor learning opportunities and utilising the natural environment for a real adventure.

Magdalen Farm
Magdalen Farm

Geography, Human Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Design Technology, Food, Physical Education, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, SEN

Set on a working organic farm Magdalen provides a unqiue base for students, children and adults to explore the great outdoors. A range of tutor led activities are tailored to you and we provide high quality accommodation with homecooked meals.

 FSC Preston Montford
FSC Preston Montford

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

The centre has easy access to a wide range of sites from the South Shropshire Hills AONB, to Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Ludlow, Birmingham and Snowdonia. Visit for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages.

YHA Ilam Hall
YHA Ilam Hall

Geography, Fieldstudies, Chemistry, Physical Education, Accommodation Only

With sprawling grounds and lots of outdoor space to explore this grand Gothic manor offers a magical place for a school residential. Surrounded by the rolling scenery of Dovedale we’re ideally located to visit the many Peak District Attractions.


Whitlingham Adventure
Whitlingham Adventure

Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Watersports, SEN

Whitlingham Adventure is set within Whitlingham Country Park, just on the outskirts of Norwich, offering bespoke, high quality trips in a complete range of water and land activities to children, young people and the wider community.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Science, History, Geography, Wildlife, Biology, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN, Twentieth Century

Why is white chocolate white but milk chocolate brown? Which plant makes both furniture and clothes? Which birds roam free around the grounds? Discover these answers and much more as you explore our spectacular glasshouses and beautiful gardens!

RSPB Loch Leven School Visits
RSPB Loch Leven School Visits

Citizenship, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, SEN

Our workshops use different practical sampling methods to investigate invertebrates and other creatures, such as; pond dipping, birdwatching and other direct observations. Simple science equipment like hand lenses, collection pots and binoculars are also used along with identification charts to help

FSC Digital and Outreach
FSC Digital and Outreach

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology

If you can’t come to us at the moment maybe we can come to you. Our outreach packages bring our expert staff to your school or alternatively access our excellent teaching without leaving the classroom through our range of digital packages.


FSC Flatford Mill
FSC Flatford Mill

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

Visit FSC Flatford Mill for fun residential geography and biology trips at all ages. The centre is the first and original field study centre set up during the 1940’s, set amidst quintessentially English countryside of the Dedham Vale in Suffolk.

History and Field Studies
History and Field Studies

History, Geography, Physical Education, PSHE, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN, Accommodation Only, Romans, Victorian, Fieldstudies

Travel back in time to the Victorian era and Iron Age, discover Malvern's natural spring water, explore the fabulous countryside on a field trip for history, geography and science. PE students can take on the high ropes course or watersports.

FSC Dale Fort
FSC Dale Fort

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, Science, Biology, Physical Education, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports

We offer a range of sessions and courses covering field studies. Most sessions have short classroom sessions before and after. Teaching is delivered by fully trained and experienced tutors. For KS4 and A level students we link all of our courses to the exam board requirements for each subject and ca

YHA Okehampton Activity Centres
YHA Okehampton Activity Centres

Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, PSHE, Watersports, SEN, Accommodation Only

We are close to Dartmoor National Park and there are a variety of resources downloadable from the National Park web-site that are worksheets for teachers to run their own sessions. We can assist in running river study days and guided walks to prehistoric sites and granite tors. The National Park edu


Cumulus Outdoors-Swanage
Cumulus Outdoors-Swanage

Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, History, Medieval, Physical Education, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, Accommodation Only

Tailored adventure residentials on the Dorset coast, either hard-top accommodation or tented village, can include activities such as Coasteering, Climbing, Mackerel Fishing, Waterpark and Bushcraft, delivered by our highly qualified instructors.

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent
Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

English, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Business, Art

A day trip to the stunning Isle of Wight is only a short ferry crossing away! With only a small stretch of water between you and the island, the Isle of Wight offers a truly unique experience and can be reached in as little as 12 minutes!

Framlingham Castles
Framlingham Castles

History, Geography, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Chemistry, Fieldstudies

A magnificent example of late 12th-century castle. Schools have the freedom to explore the inside of the castle walls through the main gatehouse, the 'wall walk' along the top of the castle, as well as learn about the history from the illustrated dis

Habitat Study Trips
Habitat Study Trips

Science, Geography, Wildlife, Biology, Fieldstudies, SEN, Physical Education

Enjoy a curriculum linked day of hands -on habitat study with surveys of pond, woodland,rare chalk grassland and meadow. Use sweep nets and pond nets, observe creatures under magnification and discover and identify predator and prey in a food chain.


FSC Juniper Hall
FSC Juniper Hall

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

Located in Surrey, FSC Juniper Hall is easy to reach but surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Box Hill. Visit for fun filled residential outdoor activity, geography and biology trips for all ages.

Peveril Castle
Peveril Castle

Chemistry, History, Medieval, Geography, Human Geography, Fieldstudies

Built soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066 by William Peveril, Peveril Castle is a dramatic Norman castle overlooking Hope Valley and Cave Dale in Derbyshire. Book a free school visit to explore with your class.

Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre
Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre

Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, PSHE, Bushcraft, SEN

Plas Gwynant is an amazing setting in its own parkland at the foot of Mount Snowdon in North Wales, and offers high qualilty outdoor learning amongst the mountains, rivers and lakes of the Snowdonia National Park. Sole occupancy is available.

RSPB Lochwinnoch
RSPB Lochwinnoch

Citizenship, Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, SEN

All of our sessions take place outside and are based on classes investigating the environment. Our sessions for older pupils in particular focus on-field skills and sampling, while younger children will be investigating life cycles and predator/prey relationships on land, in soils, and in fresh wate


Conway Centres Oaklands
Conway Centres Oaklands

Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, SEN

We offer High Quality Outdoor Education in a residential setting in The Snowdonia National Park. Our activities are adventurous, and challenging and support the curriculum you deliver in school. Experience it for Real at Oaklands, bespoke adventure

Geography and Geology Field Studies Dorset
Geography and Geology Field Studies Dorset

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies

High-quality Geography and Geology field studies for Key Stages 4 and 5 on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset.

Craggan Outdoors
Craggan Outdoors

Geography, Physical Education, Fieldstudies, SEN, Watersports

'Best Outdoor Activity & Learning Centre - Moray', Scottish Enterprise Awards 2018. 'Best Outdoor Venue' finalist, Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016, '17 & '18. TripAdvisor 94% rated. AALA-licensed, & Learning Outside the Classroom accredited.

FSC Orielton
FSC Orielton

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

FSC Orielton is set in fantastic wooded grounds, close to rocky shores and sand dunes within the National Park. It is a great location for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages.


Anglesey Outdoors
Anglesey Outdoors

Citizenship, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN

Set in a prime location, Anglesey Outdoors is the ideal venue for real outdoor adventure, field studies or simply a place to set up base. Bespoke residentials provided by dedicated professional staff.

YHA Holmbury St Mary
YHA Holmbury St Mary

Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Physical Education

YHA Holmbury is set in woodland grounds close to Holmbury Hill which has panoramic views of the North and South Downs. You'll find 4,000 acres of woodland great for walking, mountain biking and horse-riding.

YHA Eden Project
YHA Eden Project

Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Design Technology, Physical Education, Accommodation Only

YHA Eden Project is the only onsite accommodation provider for the Eden Project, the most famous education attraction in Cornwall. Ideal for that magic combination of fun and learning, the Eden Project provides a breath-taking environment for pupils.

Rockley Watersports
Rockley Watersports

Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN

Brand NEW to Rockley. Our Geography trips utilising the Jurassic Coast including Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove to name a couple of locations. Combine a trip out with our fully fitted classrooms over looking the beach at Rockley Point in Poole you will have the best environment to develop your pupils


YHA Ambleside
YHA Ambleside

Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Accommodation Only

Perched on the edge of Lake Windermere, with views out across stunning mountain vistas, YHA Ambleside offers an unforgettable location for a Lake District getaway. This well-equipped hostel is perfect for activity breaks for walking and watersports.

Conway Centres Burwardsley
Conway Centres Burwardsley

Geography, Fieldstudies, History, Prehistory, Physical Education, SEN

Located in the picturesque village of Burwardsley our centre offers opportunities unique to it's location. The surrounding countryside provides further possibilities for historical and environmental studies.

 FSC Millport
FSC Millport

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Physical Education, Wildlife, Bushcraft

FSC Millport has purpose-built accommodation and teaching spaces which provide an excellent base for a range of courses. It is just 10 minutes by ferry from the mainland. Great base for fun outdoor activities, biology and geography trips at all ages.

All Things Wild
All Things Wild

Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Farm, Wildlife, SEN

Why not 'Step Through Time' with our fantastic Dinosaur Experience? Or get up close to our animals in an environment that is as close to their natural habitat as possible.


FSC Ireland
FSC Ireland

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

Delivering high quality outdoor learning to schools, colleges, groups and individuals across the island of Ireland. Visit FSC Ireland for fun one day visits at all ages covering outdoor activities, geography and biology.

YHA Langdale
YHA Langdale

Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education

YHA Langdale is a beautiful Victorian mansion owned by the National Trust and is a fantastic destination for UK school trips, student tours and educational visits, with spacious grounds that include a Victorian arboretum.

Conway Centres Tattenhall
Conway Centres Tattenhall

Geography, Fieldstudies, Music, Physical Education, Art, Watersports, SEN

Located in the beautiful village of Tattenhall just 7 miles from Chester the centre offers a peaceful haven and a base for wide range of Outdoor Activities and the Arts. It's proximity to many schools makes it ideal for day courses too.

Outback 2 Basics
Outback 2 Basics

Fieldstudies, History, Prehistory, Bushcraft

A fantastic way to get children immersed in the Stone Age. Workshops are Interactive & hands on. An opportunity to get up-close and personal with our ancient ancestors. Smell and feel the Stone Age. We even have a real mammoth tooth to pass around!


The Hampshire and Cass Foundation Mountain Centre
The Hampshire and Cass Foundation Mountain Centre

Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Physical Education, Watersports, SEN, Accommodation Only

Our outdoor sessions are the perfect opportunity to introduce young people to the natural environment. For KS2 and KS3 students, we are able to deliver the academic content for these courses. For KS4 and above, we can deliver the activities but the teaching element will be delivered by school staff.

Eden Project
Eden Project

Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Chemistry, Biology, Twentieth Century, Art

Here at the Eden Project in Cornwall, education is central to our mission as a charity. We offer exciting learning opportunities for students of all ages at schools, colleges and universities.

FSC Margam Discovery Centre
FSC Margam Discovery Centre

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

Visit this centre set in the Margam Country Park, surrounded by beautiful parkland to explore. With easy access to a wide variety of field sites it is an excellent base for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages.

Low Mill Outdoor Education Centre
Low Mill Outdoor Education Centre

Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN, Accommodation Only

The Yorkshire Dales has great opportunities for field studies, with upland moorlands, rich rivers habitats and of course being in fantastic karst country. We can guide teachers into these environments or with our links to the Yorkshire Dales National Parks Education Officer, provide bespoke days.


Braeside Residential
Braeside Residential

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, History, Prehistory, Romans, Victorian, Physical Education, Farm, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports

Superb residential outdoor learning centre based on the edge of the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire. Offering physical and educational programmes for young people tailored specifically to them in an idyllic setting.

Allnatt Isle of Wight
Allnatt Isle of Wight

Geography, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies

With our wide variety of activities and action packed courses we can provide quality outdoor learning experiences for all. Our Key Stage range is designed to challenge and stimulate every age group.

Curriculum Enrichment - Outdoor Learning
Curriculum Enrichment - Outdoor Learning

History, Geography, Wildlife, Prehistory, Saxons, Biology, Human Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN

A range of outdoor, hands on activities to enrich curriculum learning. Set in the beautiful venue of Forestry England's Wyre Forest. Activities promote SMSC and PHSE outcomes too.

FSC Nettlecombe Court
FSC Nettlecombe Court

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

FSC Nettlecombe Court has excellent access to the Somerset coast as well as Exmoor National Park and The Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages.


The Sustainability Centre
The Sustainability Centre

Science, Geography, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies

Sustainability in action! Come and visit us for a day or more to learn all about looking after the planet in our beautiful 55 acre woodland site nettled in stunning the South Downs National Park. Packed with hands on activities for all ages.

Southport Eco Centre
Southport Eco Centre

Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, History, Prehistory, Victorian

In terms of field studies, we take groups to local coastal sites for informative tours on history, natural history and geography. We do not have fieldwork equipment (our Local Area study day includes some map work) but some teachers choose to facilitate their own fieldwork while on site. We can allo

Real Adventure - Lake District
Real Adventure - Lake District

Citizenship, Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, PSHE, SEN

Outdoor education makes lasting impressions on young people that instill skills for life through building strong relationships with peers & leaders, increase confidence, self-awareness & motivation which enhances their learning & outlook on life.

Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre
Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre

Science, Geography, Biology, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN, Physical Education

Based on the North Norfolk coast, Holt Hall provides a residential experience for up to 70 students and 8 staff on a private estate of 75 acres of woodland and gardens. It provides opportunities to learn outside the classroom and develop new skills.


YHA Edale
YHA Edale

Citizenship, Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education

Outdoor adventures in the Peak District don’t get better than this! YHA Edale is a grand country house literally on the slopes of Kinder Scout, and surrounded by the gorgeous scenery of the Edale valley.

FSC Epping Forest
FSC Epping Forest

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

FSC Epping Forest, is situated in the heart of Epping Forest, an area of around 2,400 hectares of wood-pasture. Visit FSC Epping Forest for fun and engaging primary or secondary one day outdoor field trips.

Conway Centres Anglesey
Conway Centres Anglesey

Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Physical Education, Art, Watersports, SEN, Accommodation Only

With direct access to the Menai Strait the venue offers both challenging Outdoor Activities & Creative/Performing Arts opportunities. Set in 169 acres there are an extensive range of on-site activities that last 3hrs so are as productive as possible.

The Island Classroom
The Island Classroom

English, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Archaeology, Geology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Business, Physical Education, Art, Farm,

Do you like the idea of teaching your curriculum while your students minds are wide open? When better for them to learn than during the fun of your school trip? We are the Island Classroom, where you can combine fun with education in a unique way.



Why is fieldwork important for students?

Field studies is an important part of geographical or scientific investigation. Classroom based learning can give students facts and figures to support ideas and concepts, but if you are able to support this type of learning with fieldwork, you can dramatically improve your students' understanding of the subject.

Where can we go to do fieldwork?

The easiest option is to take your group to a local park or town centre to undertake fieldwork at a local level. Studying eco-systems or biodiversity, habitats, food chains, rural land use and woodland management may tick the coursework box, but will only give your students an entry level understanding of the subject. Tell your students that they are going on a trip to the coast to measure the impact of tourism on the local economy and they hear, we are going to the seaside for the day. Tell them they are going to be using choropleth mapping to study population trends in the city centre, and they will hear, we are spending the day in town rather than the classroom. So how exactly do you get your students inspired by field work?

Planning exciting and inspiring field work

Depending upon where your school is located, by travelling further afield and perhaps taking a multi day trip, you can open up far more interesting opportunities for your group. A school field studies course could be a single day; more concerned with gathering data to be interpreted back in the classroom, or may last several days - allowing more detailed investigation into methods and techniques of data collection, as well as on site analysis.

In the UK

Coastal studies are the obvious example of a situation where you may need to travel. Other topics of study where you are likely to find better examples to study if you are willing to travel include watercourse pollution and river management practices, limestone pavements, river braiding or flood plains, and historic processes such as glaciation and peat bogs.

Overseas

Some schools take the additional step of investigating the options beyond the UK. Iceland is a prime example of a location where KS3 and KS4 students can study volcanoes and glaciers in a way that is simply not possible at home. For those looking at human geographical areas of study such as social, economic and demographic changes, especially cities, we have seen a lot of schools recently heading for Spain. Field studies trips to Spain can easily be tailored to cross curricular subjects such as modern foreign languages and human geography.

Getting help with your field work trip from a specialist company has a number of advantages. These companies have been helping schools organise trips for years. They know the curriculum and how to tailor their area to your own specific needs and topics, helping you design a memorable learning experience for your group. They employ staff who have lots of previous experience in teaching groups just like yours. They are passionate about their local area and the knowledge they can pass on to your students.

Field Studies Council 2019
Spring Term 2019 Residential

Jess from the Field Studies Council talks to us about the latest exciting new changes and events taking place throughout 2019.

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"Research shows that children remember more, learn great social skills and develop enhanced relationships with their teachers as a result of a residential field trip. In our experience, they also have a lot of fun!"
Jane Cooper, Chief Executive
Countryside Education Trust




"Fieldwork has widespread benefits and can be a life-changing educational experience for many. Students gain many crucial skills, such as good organisation, team working, accurate observing and recording, and many communication skills. All of these equip them superbly for work in a wide range of professions as well as benefitting their personal development."
Mel Cousins, Marketing Officer
Field Studies Council




"Inspiring children to be environmentally aware is essential to build enquiring minds, field studies visits allow children of all abilities to learn and achieve together."

"Field studies visits allow children to become immersed in their environment, experiencing targeted learning in Environmental Science whilst covering areas of the school curriculum as diverse as STEM, Geography, Physical Education and the Arts, all in stimulating and exciting outdoor environments which allow children to grow emotionally as well as in education achievement."
Tim Cooper, Development Manager
Groundwork South



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