British Youth Travel Awards: Best Educational Product

Tour Introduction

Surgery and Treatment on the Western Front 

Fully-guided battlefield tour

In June 2016 Pearson Edexcel, the UK’s largest exam board, formally endorsed the itinerary for our fully-guided Surgery & Treatment on the Western Front tour. To date, this is the first and only time an itinerary offered by a school tour operator has been awarded such an endorsement.

For those studying Pearson Edexcel’s GCSE History Option 11: The British Sector of the Western Front 1914-18: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches, Anglia can offer a tour which ‘provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the warfare context and historical environment of Medicine on the Western Front. This tour will bring the topic alive for students, helping them to visualise the more physical problems of the environment in a way which a text book cannot.’

Unlike a standard battlefield trip this tour follows the route taken by a casualty from the front line, through a Regimental Aid Post and Advanced Dressing Station to one of the larger Casualty Clearing Stations behind the line.

With access to an extensive set of replica & period equipment, we look in detail at not only what treatment available but also the role of the medical personnel whose job it was to reduce the number of deaths.

The tour makes use of a range of contemporary documents, including letters, diaries & photographs and a each member of the group will receive a copy our bespoke Surgery & Treatment resource booklet.

We have also created a set of Surgery & Treatment flash cards which follow the casualty evacuation chain. These cards, which are available free of charge to all schools who book a Surgery & Treatment with us can be downloaded directly from our website via this link.

We are delighted to offer each school that books a residential tour with us a pre-tour presentation that will provide parents, guardians, students and staff an insight into exactly what the tour involves. The presentation will cover not only the locations the group will visit, the travel arrangements in place and the services included in the programme but also offers advice and guidance on what to take with you.

To download a copy of the template for our Surgery & Treatment on the Western Front tour just click here.

‘It was fantastic! Really focused on what we wanted. I loved the fact that we traced a specific soldier and their evacuation route after being injured on the western front, this will be really powerful in lessons.’ Downlands School

Tour Information


  • Belgium
  • France

Key Locations:

  • Bayernwald Trench System
  • Hill 60
  • Railway Dugouts CWGC Cemetery
  • Memorial Museum Passchendale 1917
  • Langemarck German Military Cemetery
  • Lijssenthoek CWGC Cemetery
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Newfoundland Memorial Park
  • Sunken Lane
  • Auchonvilers
  • Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Transport Options:

  • Coach


  • 1 Day
  • 2 Days

Endorsement Statement:

This itinerary has been reviewed by the awarding body to confirm that it suitably enhances the teaching and learning process for the related Pearson qualification. A Pearson subject representative has attended the associated tour to ensure that its content meets the requirements of the qualification it is aimed at and to confirm that it is suitable for the intended audience of the qualification.

The review confirms that the itinerary and the tour support the content of this qualification and that the locations covered in each visit and the key outcomes to be delivered as part of each visit enrich the overall learning experience of the course or part of the course it is aimed at.

Endorsement does not cover the Tour Operator nor does it cover the suitability of the individual tour guide who delivers the itinerary on the day. The delivery of the tour and individual experience of the tour are not the responsibility of Pearson; participants are referred to the Tour Operator’s confirmation of booking for further information including pricing structures.

Endorsement of an itinerary and a tour does not cover any other resources produced by the Tour Operator to support the qualification or that will be used to deliver the tour. Whilst Pearson is satisfied that the itinerary and the tour itself are capable of enriching and supporting the achievement of the qualification, it is not essential for studying the qualification. The official specification is the only authoritative source in respect of the qualification content and should be used for definitive guidance to ensure that all learning objectives are fulfilled.

Pearson Edexcel

Price Includes:

  • A tailor-made itinerary endorsed by Pearson Edexcel
  • The services of at least one Anglia guide throughout your tour
  • A pre-tour presentation for each residential tour
  • A bespoke Surgery & Treatment Aide Memoire workbook for every student on the tour
  • A hands-on session with period medical kit and equipment
  • All entrance fees associated with your visit
  • An executive coach for your exclusive use
  • Return crossings with ferry or Eurotunnel whichever you prefer
  • 1 free teacher place for every 10 paying students

Topics Supported

This tour has been specifically designed by Anglia Tours to support the following specification:

Edexcel GCSE - Thematic Study with Historic Environment: The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

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