Urban Change & Coasts Study: Geography School Trips to London & Thanet Coast

Our school trips to London & Thanet Coast for Geography combines both physical and human fieldwork opportunities & will enable your students to complete their fieldwork requirements at GCSE or A-Level. The tour can be extended to 3 or 4 days to include additional visits either in London or along the Thanet Coast.

The tour is also ideal for KS3 groups looking for physical & human fieldwork investigations.

We can provide sample data collection sheets for students to use or adapt depending upon your learning objectives & fieldwork enquiry. Please note that we do not, however, provide the fieldwork equipment.

The suggested itinerary below is based upon fieldwork in London & the coastline near the towns of Whitstable & Margate. Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants to discuss the fieldwork requirements of your particular specification.  




Day One

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  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to the Thanet Coast

  • Visit to Whitstable & Margate to carry out your chosen coastal study & examine examples of coastal management used in both locations

  • Opportunities for students to collect data - stakeholder questionnaires, beach transects, beach fabric analysis, impact of longshore drift, environmental surveys, field sketching, photographs (data collection sheet templates & fieldwork tasks included)
  • Depart for London in the late afternoon

  • Check-in at accommodation in London

  • Evening meal (either in London at your hotel or at a restaurant nearby, or at a restaurant en route to London)


Optional evening activities can include a fieldwork study session which can be delivered by one of our Geography Specialist guides (if booked), or a leisure activity of your choice. This will however depend upon coach drivers hours.


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Day Two


Alternative Coastal Landscape Study

  • Depart after breakfast & travel into London

  • Visits depend upon which of our Urban Study Modules you have chosen (Canary Wharf, Stratford, King's Cross or Bankside)

  • Alternatively, we can use your own study focus to identify relevant key locations in and around the city

  • Data collection templates & fieldwork activities supplied

  • Ideally you will focus on one area to give time for data collection by the students but there may be time to look at one other study location. this largely depends upon your departure time.

  • Depart London & return to school


• 4-day minimum tour

• Travel to Dorset followed by a day examining the coastal landscape and processes. Opportunities for beach studies and data collection

• Day 3, travel into London (see details opposite for urban study modules available)

• Day 4, morning spent in London before departure


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Coastal Study


Thanet Coast: Coastal Management


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Margate: This section of the coastline has had a great deal of investment from local and central government to help protect the town from the sea. This work started in November 2011 and was completed in Spring 2013.

The sea front at Margate now has extensive sea wall protection along Marine Drive and The Parade. Hydraulic and manual floodgates have been installed to prevent sea water from reaching the road and businesses along the promenade. A strengthened stone pier now affords the harbour area protection from the waves.

Students will have the opportunity to assess the costs and benefits of these coastal defences as well as carry out a beach study nearby in Walpole Bay. This could act as a comparative study to the one completed at Whitstable.


Whitstable:  Here your students will see a different type of coastline with a very different beach front. The groynes used along this section of the Thanet Coast have resulted in large shingle deposits being formed. The local geology has also had an impact here on the beach and the type of coastal management required.

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Urban Study


London: Various Case Study Options

Case Studies

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Canary Wharf Tube   Canary Wharf:  The redevelopment of Canary Wharf as a CBD has seen a dramatic change in the area's fortunes since the rapid decline of the docks & associated secondary industries in the late-1960s & 1970s.  
  King's Cross & St Pancras:   Now a focal point for redevelopment as well as an international transport hub, this area has undergone a great deal of change over recent years. One of several new public spaces that have been created, King's Cross Square lies between the two stations & will be a key location for data collection along with Granary Square.


  Stratford & QEII Olympic Park: This London borough was a heavily-industrialised area with high levels of pollution & overcrowded living conditions. Reliance on secondary industries led to a sharp decline in the local economy due to the demise of London's docklands.  
  Bankside:  An important area in London's trading history, Bankside is n important for examining the changes in the functions of buildings. Borough Market is a key location here.  
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Curriculum Relevance
DfE Requirements
London Eye


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This tour is designed to enable students to:

  • understand how to select the appropriate geographical enquiry process
  • collect data that they can analyse and use to explain case studies & theories
  • reflect critically on the data collected, the methods used and the conclusions they come to
GCSE & A Level Fieldwork Requirements

Students will:

  • carry out at least two days of fieldwork in two contrasting environments
  • explore both physical and human processes and the interactions between them
  • have the opportunity to carry out extended fieldwork to develop their understanding of other aspects of their course using case study examples
  • collect data using a variety of methods, both qualitative and quantitative
  • be encouraged to critically reflect on the data and the methods they use
  • will see the relationship between the fieldwork and the specification content
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Study Materials
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Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE & A-Level teaching & examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge. You can:

  • use our study materials exclusively
  • use your own study materials
  • use a combination of your own & our materials
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

  • Information on each location visited
  • Maps, diagrams & illustrations
  • Data collection sheets
  • Exam-style fieldwork questions
  • Guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • Advice on how the study visits can be organised with practical tips

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

  Study Materials:  Skills & Concepts  
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
  • Knowledge & comprehension 
  • Key Geographical concepts
  • Map skills & sense of place
  • Understand, analyse & evaluate evidence
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Our Guides


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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.  
  • Our Geography guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.


Kath Murray, BSc, PGCE



Kath has travelled extensively in Europe & has led numerous field trips within the UK for GCSE Geography groups. She is also a Subject Specialist Consultant for Galina & is currently helping to develop our range of UK tours.

Kath has taught in secondary schools in Runcorn for 16 years up to A-Level standard. A former Head of Geography with GCSE examining experience, she has also taught History & Religious Studies.

“Kath is an excellent tour guide, she met our objectives perfectly, she had clearly done her research on our A-Level specification beforehand. Her subject knowledge & enthusiasm was fantastic. She phoned me before the trip to introduce herself & talk through her plans, which was very reassuring.She was a fantastic asset to the trip”

Imberhorne School, West Sussex

Kath Murray Geography  


Selected & Trained by Galina 

  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
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     London Thameside

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum & incorporated into our Safety Management System.



YHA London Thameside


This purpose-built hostel, opened in 1919, is situated on the South Bank of the Thames in a residential area. It is less than 2 miles from the Tower of London & 3 miles from  St Paul's Cathedral. Canary Wharf & the docklands area is a mile away & the Imperial War Museum & Houses of Parliament are 3 & 4 miles away respectively. The Natural History & Science Museums are both approximately 7 miles away. 

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Accommodation Factfile

  • Capacity for 320 guests in 70 rooms on 4 floors accommodating between 4 & 8 guests per room.
  • Lift to all floors
  • En-suite facilities
  • Twin/quad rooms for staff 
  • TV, tea & coffee facilities in staff rooms
  • Reception & night manager
  • TV lounge
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Restaurant
  • Games machines
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi & computers
  • Meeting rooms for hire
  • CCTV
  • Coach parking

3* Ibis Hotel, Wembley

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This modern well-appointed hotel is located within easy walking distance of Wembley Stadium. London Zoo is 7.4 miles away. Allow 45 miniutes to an hour to reach some of the main attractions by coach. St Paul's Cathedral is approximately 10 miles away as are the Houses of Parliament. Canary Wharf is 17 miles away via the North Circular Road. The Natural History & Science Museums are just over 7 miles from the hotel.  

Ibis London Wembley Bedroom

Ibis London Wembley Dining Room

Ibis London Wembley Bar  

Accommodation Factfile

  • 210 air-conditioned rooms on fourteen floors (lift to all floors)
  • Twin room accommodation
  • En-suite facilities
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities, TV & internet in all rooms
  • Single/twin rooms for staff
  • Dining room, bar & lounge area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking nearby



3* Premier Inn London Wembley

    Premier Inn London Wembley




The Premier Inn is within 200 metres of Wembley Stadium. London Zoo is 7.4 miles away. Allow 45 miniutes to an hour to reach some of the main attractions by coach. St Paul's Cathedral & the Houses of Parliament are approximately 10 miles away & Canary Wharf is 18 miles away via the North Circular Road. The Natural History & Science Museums are approximately 8.5 miles from the hotel.

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 Premier Inn London Wembley Bar  


  • 154 air-conditioned rooms on 7 floors (access via 3 lifts)
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Staff in single/twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Rooms for staff include TV & tea/coffee-making facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking
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Norton Canes High School, Staffordshire

"A successful tour & the students all really enjoyed it.  We will definitely run the tour again."


Longhill High School, Brighton

"I found the pack informative, concise & easy to use.  Kevin, the driver, was punctual, courteous & considerate at all times.  He was keen to accommodate our needs & dealt with problems with students in a professional manner.  Accommodation exceeded our expectations & provided good food & customer service." 


Eskdale School, Whitby, North Yorkshire

"I cannot praise Stan, the driver, highly enough.  His driving skills, attitude to the students & all round helpfulness were exemplary.  Another excellent tour with no problems." 


Woodlands School, Basildon

"Tour administration is always very efficient.  Marlène helps us to make each trip memorable & (where possible) meets our requests."

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