Urban Change & Coastal Study: Geography School Trips to Liverpool

Combining both physical & human fieldwork opportunities, this two-day Geography School trip to Liverpool will enable your students to complete their GCSE fieldwork requirements for most of the exam boards.

Study locations In Liverpool to compare & examine the impact of urban regeneration on the city. Students can evaluate the environmental, economic & social sustainability of the changes that have taken place.  

We can provide sample data collection sheets for students to use or adapt depending upon your learning objectives and fieldwork enquiry.

The suggested itinerary below is based upon fieldwork in Liverpool and the Sefton coast but if preferred, we can substitute this study with one along the North Wales Coast, near Llandudno & Conwy.

Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants to discuss the fieldwork requirements of your particular specification.  




Day One

  Dock Cathedral Ferry



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

  • Visit to Formby Point to examine coastal ecosystem management, evaluate visitor facilities, examine management strategies

  • Ainsdale National Nature Reserve & sand dunes

  • Fieldwork activity: primary data collection on a dune transect

  • Check-in at accommodation near Liverpool

  • Evening meal (either at your hotel or at a restaurant in the city)


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


Liverpool Waterfront



Day Two


Alternative Coastal Landscape Study

  • Depart after breakfast & travel into Liverpool

  • Visits to Bold Street & rope works, Albert Dock & Liverpool One retail development.Data collection templates & fieldwork activities supplied

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

  • Optional visits to Liverpool FC stadium & Anfield regeneration area or visit to Museum of Liverpool also available
  • Depart Liverpool & return to school

North Wales Coast, Llandudno & Conwy

  • On Day One, travel to the Llandudno followed by a coastal landscape study of the landforms & processes

  • Overnight in either North Wales or travel to Liverpool for evening check-in at accommodation

  • Day Two - see opposite


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Coastal Study


Formby & Ainsdale: Sand Dune Management



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Freshfield opt   Formby Point & Beach: This section of the coastline has been subject to both the 'soft' & 'hard' engineering approach to coastal management. During the late 1960s, during the construction of Seaforth Docks, a scheme was undertaken to reclaim a large area of the foreshore & create a marine lake to protect the Marine Gardens Estate. This was in addition to the construction of sea walls & other defences.  
  Ainsdale National Nature Reserve:  This area covers about 500 hectares of the coastline & is managed by Natural England, a government agency that looks after the natural environment of England. It is under extreme pressure from visitors - what are the impacts on the natural environment & how is this best managed?    
  Ainsdale Dunes:  The dunes are part of the National Nature Reserve. They form a delicate ecosystem containing many different species of plants & animals. It is a typical example of a psammosere, demonstrating a sequence of changes across the dunes from sea, landward. This offers an opportunity for groups to collect data to investigate the diversity found in this environment & to look at ways this is being affected by external pressures.  
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Urban Study


Liverpool: Regeneration of the City








Liver Building   Albert Dock:  The Albert Dock closed in 1972 due to the decline of Liverpool's docks in the wake of  containerisation. Formerly derelict, today, it is the most-visited multi-use attraction in the UK outside London & the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings anywhere in the country.  
  Museums in the Albert Dock:  These include the Tate Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum & the Beatles Story which all re-use parts of the old warehouses. Apart from the museums, there are two hotels & several bars & restaurants in the dock.   


  Pier Head:  The Royal Liver, Cunard & Port of Liverpool Buildings are all Grade I or II* listed & sometimes referred to as The Three Graces. All were built at the beginning of the 20th century.  The Cunard Building now houses the British Music Experience.  
  Liverpool One:  This new shopping & leisure development has rejuvenated the City Centre & boosted the local economy. It includes public spaces, retail outlets, offices, leisure facilities & apartments. Chavasse Park provides a nearby green space.    
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Curriculum Relevance
DfE Requirements
The Port of Liverpool Building


Tourists in the Albert Dock  

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 reach
GCSE Fieldwork Requirements

Students will:

  • carry out fieldwork in two contrasting environments on a two-day tour
  • 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
  • see the relationship between the fieldwork and the specification content
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Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE
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Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE 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

  • Factual detail & background information on each location visited
  • Maps, diagrams & illustrations
  • Data collection sheets
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit

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


  Fishermans Path opt








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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  YHA Liverpool





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


YHA Liverpool


This youth hostel is located within easy walking distance of the city centre in an area known as the Baltic Triangle. The Albert Dock can be reached on foot in five minutes. Within the dock you'll find the Northern Tate, Maritime Museum & international Slavery Museum. The dock is part of the Liverpool Waterfront complex which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Liverpool's two Cathedrals are less than a mile from the hostel & the two football stadia within four miles.

YHA Liverpool Typical Bedroom

YHA Liverpool Dining Room

 YHA Liverpool Lounge  


  • Capacity for 156 guests in 30 rooms on 3 floors (access via stairs).
  • Rooms accommodate two to six people
  • Staff accommodated in twin/quad rooms
  • Bunk beds
  • 28 of the 30 rooms have en-suite facilities
  • TV lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Games room
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Classroom facilities
  • Garden area
  • Bed linen provided. Take your own towels
  • 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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