The robust, hard engineering which protects the town of Southwold is in stark contrast to the strategy of managed retreat used at neighbouring Eastern Bavents. Erosion rates here are accelerated by the geology of the coast, constructed by a combination of clay and sandstone, students can also witness the hazard of mass movement along the base of the fragile cliffs.

We’ve worked together with the Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management Team to develop the most up-to-date and detailed course possible on an stretch of coastline which is constantly changing.

Students should familiarise themselves with the Shoreline Management Plan for this area (which will be provided in advance) and should plan an investigation into the contrasting management techniques – this can be achieved by conducting bi-polar surveys, flood-risk mapping, drift tests, beach width measurements and field sketches at 2 neighbouring sites.

*This course can be complimented by a presentation from one of the Environment Agency’s flood and coastal risk management team, however, this does require early booking and is subject to the availability of possible staff. It is also dependent on weather events surrounding the day of the booking – but where possible, we will do what we can to add this great, unique feature to your course! *

AQA: Human intervention in coastal landscapes, hard and soft engineering, shoreline management / integrated coastal zone management.

Edexcel: Hard engineering approaches, soft engineering approaches, sustainable management is designed to cope with future threats but its implementation can lead to local conflict in many countries.

OCR: A coastal landscape which is being managed.

Primary Fieldwork can include:

  • Bi-polar surveys
  • Flood-risk mapping
  • Beach width measurements
  • Drift tests
  • Field sketches

Provided resources:

  • Student log-in to customisable fieldwork booklet
  • Environment Agency presentation
  • Shoreline Management Plan
  • Pre-course teaching resources
  • Secondary data
  • Classroom facilities


Low season 1st November - 31st March


Mid season 1st April - 31st May
1st September - 31st October


High season 1st June - 31st July


GFA Southwold 07907299910 / 01728860631
GFA Skegness 07398257944 / 01507603980