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.

During the residential we will explore the world class geological sites Cumbria has to offer, from the explosive volcanics to desert sandstones. You will learn how to describe and categorise rocks in the field and to use a geological notebook to record your observations. In the evening we will briefly set the day in context with fun, interactive sessions.

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: Richard Peasland

Led by Richard Peasland.

Example Timetable

Day activities will include:

  • Sedimentary rocks
  • Borrowdale volcanics
  • Canoeing
  • Fieldwork skills
  • Metamorphic rocks

Evening sessions will include:

  • Career exploration
  • Lab session
  • Interactive session

Please note, activities may change due to local weather conditions at the time.

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
  • Fieldwork equipment

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
  • Waterproof trousers (can be borrowed on site)
  • Waterproof coat (can be borrowed on site)
  • Ankle-supporting hiking boots (can be borrowed on site)
  • Rucksack (can be borrowed on site)
  • Lunch box
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Towel
  • Sun cream/sun hat/winter hat/gloves/scarf
  • Please bring plenty of extra layers and spare clothes, sometimes the weather can be very wet.
Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item