A Level Geography Fieldwork

The Isle of Wight’s varied geology results in a diverse and spectacular landscape. Protected by a raft of European and national conservation designations as well as sixty miles of stunning coastline, the island is the ideal destination for Geography departments to carry out fieldwork. The Isle of Wight is a microcosm of south-east England with its own issues and challenges for students to explore:

  • 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 promotion of the Island as a place of new cultures and change
  • 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
  • what makes the Island feel like it has a unique sense of place
  • regeneration of some of the most deprived urban and rural communities in the UK
  • flooding and the management of river catchments

We can tailor make programmes to meet the new fieldwork requirement both for the AS examination (two day) and full A Level (four day). All programmes include sampling techniques, data collection and presentation through the ArcGIS platform, statistical analysis, researching secondary data and risk assessment.

We are specialists in delivering the A Level Independent InvestigationClick here for more details


picture1  AS and A Level Geography fieldwork story map (for PCs and laptops)
picture1 AS and A Level Geography fieldwork story map (for tablet and smartphone)


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Surveying coastal slopes                                                          Monitoring change on a shingle beach

AS Geography programmes include a human and a physical investigation in different field sites, (for assessment in the fieldwork paper) as well as the opportunity to try a variety of data collection techniques which present results using GIS.

A Level Geography full programmes offer students the chance to design their Independent Investigation methods, collect data from a variety of field sites, evaluate their data collection and presentation methods and more generally prepare them for the process of making their results meaningful and credit-worthy to an examiner.

Our Secondary Resources area has a wide variety of secondary data and further ideas for ways to take their exam preparation or write up of their Independent Investigation forward.

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.