Are you considering a degree in geology, earth science or physical geography? This five day residential is for young people that are looking to improve their field skills and explore the options of a possible career in geoscience.

Geology offers fascinating window into Earth’s deep past and the foundations of our most iconic landscapes, but can be slightly daunting to the uninitiated. This course is designed to develop an appreciation of the basic skills and knowledge of earth science in a fun and supportive environment.

This residential will immerse participants in geological technique and fieldwork at stunning locations in Pembrokeshire. You will have the chance to study a range of geological structures and rock types across Pembrokeshire at world-renowned geological locations and to meet local experts.

Our residentials also give you the chance to develop a range of transferable skills. These types of skills help across many areas of life and are particularly good for including in job or education applications. Here are some of the transferable skills that are likely to be covered in this residential:

  • Communicating with others
  • Working as a team
  • Managing your time
  • Taking the lead
  • Resilience
  • Reliability
  • Keeping focused
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

Our centres are operated in a fully Covid-secure way and accommodation will be in suitably shared rooms based on the current government guidance.

The course is suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold residential. Always check with your leader before booking.

Bookings must be made by over 18’s but if booking for a young person please ensure you enter their name and age in the Order notes at the checkout.

Tutor: Dave Green

Dave Green is an experienced geology tutor, teaching and leading field trips at all levels from GCSE to Undergraduate over the past 40 years. He has no particular specialism, but is especially interested in 'hard rock' geology and landscape development.

Example Timetable

Day 1

Arrive 12:00

Register and introduction to camp

Day 2

Folding and faulting at Marloes Bay/Broadhaven:  You will spend the day looking at the evidence for past environmental change, including continental collisions at two fantastic coastal locations, including a visit to St Ann’s Head to view the spectacular folding.

Day 3

Geomorphology on the Stackpole Estate:  You will take in the structures and fossils at Stackpole Quay before embarking on a cliff top journey looking for features of a karst landscape and evidence of coastal erosion. A trip to the Green Bridge of Wales is included.

Day 4

Geological Mapping in Dale/St Davids area:  You can practise your mapping techniques on the foreshore at Dale Village before completing a group mapping project on igneous rocks at Porthclais. Pre-Cambrian igneous and volcanic rocks, and the  Cambrian/Pre-Cambrian unconformity will be examined in the St David’s area.

Day 5

Ordovician volcanoes, metamorphism and fossils in North Pembrokeshire:  The stunning pillow lavas and evidence for explosive volcanic eruptions near Strumble Head will be observed before visiting the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy to hunt for graptolites and trilobites. We may also look for evidence of the transport of the famous Pembrokeshire “bluestones” to Stonehenge.

Day 6

Finishing touches and/or studying rock exposures at Dale Fort.

Depart 15:00

Accrediting Agency

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Safety equipment such as hard hats if needed

Before You Attend

Requires a moderate level of fitness. Best suited (but not exclusive) to young people who are considering studying geology or earth science at university, and who are interested in gaining wider understanding of geological processes.

You will need to bring:

  • Packed lunch for the first day
  • Towel
  • Wash kit
  • Thick socks
  • Day sack
  • Torch
  • Field notebook
  • Pens and pencils
  • Camera (optional)
  • Personal medication as necessary
  • Indoor shoes
  • Strong sensible shoes or boots for walking
  • Drinks bottle/flask and sandwich box
  • Warm old clothing for outdoors (not jeans)
  • Suitable shoes for walking, e.g. walking boots etc
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (can be hired)
  • Warm coat for evenings and cooler days
  • Warm hat and gloves for inclement weather and sunhat and sun cream for sunny days
  • Enough cash for your time here, there are no cash points nearby
  • OPTIONAL – Personal geological equipment, but this is not essential
Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item