We are delighted to offer this new course on the vital area of fieldwork and research skills in A level Geography. This is an intensive teacher course which will provide proven strategies for the successful planning, teaching and delivery of the NEA option, ensuring that students become motivated independent learners who are able to make powerful links across the course content and assessment requirements. The course will utilise feedback from summer 2018 to stress ways in which teaching and learning can be further improved, leading to better results and more engaged geographers. This course will be relevant to all awarding bodies.


  • Extend your knowledge and understanding of fieldwork and research as part of the enquiry process
  • Examine ways in which specialised concepts can be fed into the NEA from the start, improving final results
  • Powerful Reflection on lessons learnt from the first assessment of the NEA and how to benefit from them
  • Gain examples of approaches and ideas for coasts, urban and carbon themes that encourage independent learning to the highest levels
  • Obtain methods and ideas for high quality teaching practice that can make instant impact in your centre
COURSE DATES London Friday 16 November 2018
Manchester Tuesday 29 January 2018
London Thursday 14 February 2019
  • All

A level Geography teachers

IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.30am: Unlocking the relationship between fieldwork and research

  • Recognising the importance of fieldwork and research as an integral part to establishing the NEA – methods to encourage student engagement and success
  • Models to support the NEA, with resources for different individuals
  • Supporting the development of research and literature review skills: methods and approaches to ensure students become skilled independent researchers

11.30 – 11.50am: Discussion: coffee break


11.50 – 1.00pm: Producing a high quality enquiry

  • Manageability and scale as key issues for the NEA: approaches to make sure that students’ work is appropriate and will allow them to demonstrate their full potential
  • Taking a systems approach to understanding coasts and coastal landscapes
  • Developing thinking with the specialised concepts – methods and ideas to produce high level thinking skills and excellent final outcomes
  • Transferrable skills and knowledge for A level Geography and how students can utilise them for success

1.00 – 1.50pm: Lunch and informal discussion – an opportunity to share success stories


1.50 – 2.45pm: Models of fieldwork delivery and feedback from 2018

  • Evaluating the different models of NEA delivery: how to set your students up for success
  • Getting the most from a residential provider
  • Reflection – lessons learnt from the 2018 NEA experience; feedback to highlight key areas for improvement and strengths and how you can build this knowledge into your teaching

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.00 – 3.45pm: Ideas for fieldwork – ensuring success

  • Back-to basics: sampling and fieldwork design that will cover the mark scheme requirements
  • Practical ideas for place and urban fieldwork
  • Practical ideas for coastal and carbon fieldwork
  • Keeping students motivated and making progress during the NEA enquiry

David Holmes

A level examiner, education consultant, and author.

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