A Level Independent Investigation

The A Level Geography Independent Investigation (Non-Examined Assessment) offers students the chance to develop their interests in a chosen part of their A Level course and learn key research skills that will equip them for work and further study beyond the classroom.

High quality and immersive fieldwork experiences that allow students to build a strong relationship with the enquiry process are central to the rationale behind the Independent Investigation. The Medina Valley Centre offers such experiences along with highly qualified and experienced fieldwork tutors who can guide students through each stage of the Investigation whilst at the same time observing the requirement for them to be independent learners.


Why chose the Medina Valley Centre for your Independent Investigation?

  • Everything needed to get your students from their initial thoughts to being ready to present and analyse the data they have collected
  • Tailor made study programmes to suit your needs
  • Easy access to a wide variety of different field sites; from coasts to retail areas and salt marshes to solar farms
  • Highly qualified and experienced field studies tutors
  • Full use of GIS in the field and in the classroom
  • Tailor made field work book for your students – see a sample here
  • Excellent pre-visit administration help
  • Flexible control over delivery – tutor-led, teacher-led or a combination of the two
  • Up to date and plentiful field equipment
  • A strong emphasis on individual and independent learning
  • Post-visit support – access to exclusive secondary (and baseline) data
  • Highly competitive prices, with low, medium and peak season tiers



     “The chance to work with such knowledgeable people was invaluable.”  Yr 12 student

     “[The field course] really helped me to understand what would be required to reach the higher marks.”  Yr 12 student

     “Chloe and Keith have been incredibly helpful in tailoring the course to the students’ individual NEAs.”  Teacher


Your Tutors:


Keith Marston

Co-Head of Field Studies BA (Hons), PGCE, British Orienteering Coach

Keith joined the staff in 1986 and was appointed Head of Field Studies in 2006. Previously, he has taught in secondary schools in Tanzania and Buckinghamshire and co-led the Geology section of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society. As an experienced ornithologist, Keith has published several major reports on the birds of the Medina Valley. Keith is passionate about giving students the skills they need to become independent learners and works tirelessly to give less-confident students encouragement and direction.

What Keith does not know about the natural history of the Isle of Wight is not worth knowing.


Sally Holt

Co-Head of Field Studies BSc (Hons), MSc PGCE Secondary Geography.

Sally joined the Centre and moved to the Island in February 2019. Previously, she had been teaching and leading geography KS3, GCSE, AS and A Level since 2004 in a variety of schools, sixth form colleges and further education departments in Hampshire and West Sussex. She is an enthusiastic geographer who is passionate about delivering the subject and engaging young people in excellent field work. Sally grew up in rural Hampshire and has a love for the environment and conservation. When not at the Centre she is likely to be found out walking with her husband Stuart and Harry the dog.



Find out more  – select your exam board below to find the opportunities open to you and your students:


Planning your visit?  Click through to our Independent Investigation Planning Zone


Contact us to make a booking: info@medinavalleycentre.org.uk