Introductory Field Course (Arran)

Module code: GL1106
Module co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Lee

Fieldwork forms a vital part of our geoscience degrees and can be one of the most stimulating and enjoyable experiences of your time at Leicester, giving you the chance to put into practice the skills you have learned in lectures and practicals.

This introductory module forms the foundation of your future field experience. The Isle of Arran, on the west coast of Scotland, has more geological variety per square kilometre than virtually anywhere else in the world. Even if you have already visited on a field trip, there is plenty more to see!

Topics covered

  • Identifying and interpreting a wide range of geological materials and structures in the field
  • Recording information in a field notebook
  • Constructing and interpreting a geological map and cross section
  • Sedimentary logging
  • Navigation using a map, compass, pacing, and hand-held GPS system
  • Field safety and the Countryside Code


  • 1 hour of lectures
  • 20 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 88 hours of fieldwork
  • 41 hours guided independent study


  • Coursework (100%)