Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Catalan Political Situation

The application of direct rule on Catalonia under Article 155 of the Spanish constitution and the holding of legal elections on 21 December 2017 have led to a calming of the political crisis and a sharp fall in public concern. Key political leaders have renounced the unilateral route to independence. There have been peaceful demonstrations calling for the release of politicians remanded in custody pending possible charges over the illegal declaration of independence. For the vast majority of people, life continues as normal, with main concerns being unemployment and political corruption.

Independent Investigation

We have a range of itinerary options for AQA, Edexcel, OCR and Eduqas that allow schools to complete the four days of fieldwork required for the A level Independent Investigation. We provide support for students to independently prepare their research question and sampling strategies in advance of their visit to Barcelona. If time allows, students can pilot their investigation on their arrival day, by visiting their chosen study area. AQA Independent Investigation itinerary
Edexcel Independent Investigation itinerary
OCR Independent Investigation itinerary
WJEC Eduqas Independent Investigation
Independent Investigation Preparation
NEA Student Support

Edexcel IGCSE Geography

Our Geography Fieldwork opportunities for Edexcel IGCSE cover the fieldwork requirements and provide knowledge and understanding of essential syllabus content. The field studies are supported by our IGCSE Geography Fieldwork Opportunities Handbook.Edexcel IGCSE Geography Fieldwork

Word Cloud Places and Brands

Our new spin-off website generates Word Clouds for places, names and brands from an analysis of Search Engine results. Places, names and brands can be experienced in different ways by different groups of people and a analysis gives a statistical guide to how we perceive, use and connect to them. Word Cloud places, names or brands

Coding Qualitative Data

Coding is an analytical process in which data, in both quantitative form (such as questionnaires results) or qualitative (such as newspaper articles or interview transcripts) is categorised to help analysis. A coding example using a Guardian newspaper article examining tourist conflict in Barcelona is shown in the link below. Qualitative Research in Geography
Geography field studies
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Ecology field studies

Who are we?

Barcelona Field Studies Centre offers fully inclusive Geography, Geology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental and Tourism field study courses to U.K. and International schools and colleges throughout the year in an outstanding geographical environment. Fieldwork in Barcelona

Why Barcelona?

The Barcelona area offers a range of settings for geography fieldwork unrivalled in Europe. The city of Barcelona presents a fascinating case study of many of the major themes of urban growth and development. Field studies in the unspoiled National Parks that surround the city include coastal management, river processes, dune ecosystems, limestone and volcanic landscapes. Field Study Centre information


We offer a variety of accommodation options for groups attending our field study courses. The Artur Martorell Rural Lodge in Calafell has purpose-built facilities and accommodation for educational study group and lies at the lower end of the budget range. Many groups prefer hotel accommodation, and the Hotel Piccadilly located in Sitges, one of Spain's most attractive, cosmopolitan and prestigious resorts, is a very popular choice. Accommodation

Human remains found on beach

Chadwell Heath Academy A level Geography students undertaking their coastal fieldwork in Sitges encountered an unexpected limitation to their study. Beach erosion associated with the worst storms for 15 years has uncovered a Roman tomb containing the remains of three individuals.
Human remains found on a Sitges beach

Spain's Rural Depopulation Crisis

The demographic crisis in Spain is worsening. A recent report 'Población y despoblación en España 2016' concludes that more than half of Spain's towns and villages carry a very high to moderate risk of being completely depopulated in the medium and long term. The vast majority of these face extinction as they suffer the continuous ageing of their population with few if any births. Rural Depopulation in Spain 2016