A Level Geography Fieldwork

picture1 Laptop and PC version of our AS and A Level Geography fieldwork story map.


picture1 iPad and Smartphone version of our AS and A Level Geography fieldwork story map.


Geography fieldwork programmes are available for the new GCE / A Level specifications. 

**Resources and pre-course support is available for students booked on a field course at the Medina Valley Centre to carry out their independent investigation on the Isle of Wight.**

CLICK on the link for access to the

Password Controlled A Level Geography Resource Area.


Programmes are available to meet the fieldwork requirements of the new GCE Geography specifications. 

We have prepared fieldwork programmes to cater for students taking the AS exam after one year and needing to carry out two days of fieldwork, and for those taking the two year full A Level course, requiring four days of fieldwork.
Locations have been chosen where there is scope for a range of individual investigations, Physical Geography and Human Geography investigations, and integrated Physical and Human Geography investigations. Pre-field trip students will have access to resources to assist in planning an investigation, and access to group data collected through ArcGIS will be available on line following the field trip.
All programmes will include sampling techniques, data collection and presentation through the ArcGIS platform, statistical analysis, researching secondary data and risk assessment.


The AS Geography programme is a two night residential, and will include a Human and a Physical investigation, for assessment in the fieldwork paper.
The A  Level Geography short programme 1 is a two or three night residential, focussing on the route to enquiry, fieldwork techniques and skills, to prepare students for the independent investigation. A rural settlement case study can be included in the 3 night option.
The A Level Geography short programme 2 is a two or three night programme for students who have participated in a fieldwork techniques and skills course and wish to undertake their independent investigation on the Isle of Wight.
The A Level Geography full programme is a four night residential, including Human and Physical Geography investigations covering fieldwork techniques and skills that will prepare students for their independent investigation. Two days will be dedicated to collecting data for the independent investigation.
N.B. AS students who will be continuing on to the full A Level course will be able to prepare for the AS fieldwork paper, complete the two fieldwork days required for the AS course and during the additional two days of fieldwork required for the full A Level undertake data collection for their independent investigation.
The Resource Area is available on the Centre’s website for exclusive access to students from Geography Departments that have booked on one of the residential programmes of fieldwork leading to the independent investigation. There is guidance to assist students explore a Geographical context for their investigation, and to devise a title and methodology in advance of the field trip.


For further details, and availability in 2017 and 2018, contact Keith Marston  keith@medinavalleycentre.org.uk


Surveying coastal slopes


Monitoring change on a shingle beach


The Isle of Wight’s varied geology results in a diverse and spectacular landscape, protected by a raft of European and National conservation designations, and 60 miles of stunning coastline, makes it the ideal destination for Geography Departments to carry out fieldwork investigation. The Isle of Wight is a microcosm of south-east England and has many contemporary Geographical issues, all within easy reach within a unique geographically defined area, and include
  • the Management of a fast retreating coastline with Heritage Coast designations and popular seaside resorts
  • the Conservation of important, but vulnerable coastal habitats, including saltmarshes and sand dunes
  • the Assessment of renewable energy generation potential on the ‘Eco-Isle’
  • the development of Tourism and its impact on the AONB, Heritage Coast and National Trust land
  • Climate change giving urgency to an effective Landslide Management Strategy on the Undercliff
  • Regeneration of some of the most deprived urban & rural communities in the UK
  • Flooding and management of river catchments



Coastal Processes and Coastal Management 

The coastal zone of the Isle of Wight includes stretches of managed and unmanaged coast, soft and hard cliffs, estuaries and coastal landslips. Hard and soft engineering schemes protect the predominantly coastal settlements.

Natural Hazards: Management of a populated  coastal landslide zone 

The Island’s Undercliff is described as ‘the longest and most active, populated coastal landslip zone in north-west Europe’ and there is a Landslide Management Strategy that includes a variety of coastal protection schemes designed to prevent the reactivation of the ancient landslides. The structural damage in the Victorian holiday resort of Ventnor, and the attempts to stabilise the built environment by ‘holding the line’ and attending to the hydro-geology, provides a context for fieldwork investigation.

Urban Change 

The Centre is situated on Newport’s urban-rural fringe alongside the Medina Estuary.
Newport is a compact urban settlement with some of the most deprived super output areas in the country, and with development pressures on the urban-rural fringe. In the recent past green field sites in the Medina Valley have been developed into a business park, a wind turbine manufacturing & test centre, a biogas plant, solar farms, the Isle of Wight Music Festival venue, and the expansion of residential areas.

Estuarine Ecosystem

The Centre is located alongside the Medina Estuary, allowing easy access for students to study the ecosystem and the conflicts that arise from competing demands on this navigable estuary, protected by local and national conservation designations

Sustainable Tourism

The pressures for development arising from the Isle of Wight’s tourist industry, with an emphasis on Green and Sustainable Tourism, provide investigation possibilities.

Woodland, Rivers, Sand dunes, Saltmarsh

The Island has easy access to woodland, rivers, sand dunes and salt marshes allowing a hands-on approach to bio-geographical investigation, including succession, pressures and management.

Renewable Energy 

The Isle of Wight aims to be self-sufficient in electricity from renewable energy by 2020. However, all applications for wind farms have failed to gain planning approval to date, failing at the last hurdle on landscape grounds. Eight solar farms are now generating electricity, and hundreds of private and local authority houses have installed micro-generation units. Two anaerobic digestors have been granted planning permission, one is operational and the other, in the Medina Valley, is close to completion. 


All field study sites are within a 40 minute drive from the Centre, or within walking distance. Our field study tutors are active in their own research and have a good local knowledge of the Isle of Wight.

The Centre’s website provides online resources for Geography Departments that use the Medina Valley Centre.

Resources and pre-course support are available for students preparing to carry out their Independent Investigation on the Island.

The Centre has developed an Interactive Map of the Isle of Wight, available for use on any device, that has information to enrich a visit to the Island, for students and holiday-makers alike.


Detailed Geography fieldwork programmes are now available for the new GCE / A Level specifications