Why choose Geology?
You may choose to study Geology because you are interested in earthquakes and volcanoes and want to know why they occur in some places and not others. You may like dinosaurs and fossils and want to know more about past life on Earth. You may be fascinated by crystals, minerals and rocks and would like to learn to identify your specimens. Whatever your reason, you will be choosing a subject that is new and very different from the others you will be studying.
Why choose Geology?
The Natural History Museum in London to see the Dinosaur displays and the Earth Galleries, complete with earthquake simulator
- Local field excursions to investigate the geology of the Malvern Hills and South Wales coast
- An essential week-long field trip to the Isle of Arran for second year exam preparation
Teaching and Learning Styles
- Conventional lessons, often group and whole class practical sessions, using the department’s extensive collection of rocks, minerals and fossils
- Presentations and field-based classes/coursework
- Lab-based practical work that contributes to the practical endorsement component of the course, and the practical exam at the end of the second year
The A Level is assessed by three written examinations. As a science subject, students are required to develop a range of geological techniques and skills for their practical endorsement. This will be in addition to the grade gained on the examination papers. These practical skills will also be examined with questions that will relate directly to experiments and fieldwork undertaken throughout the course.
There are fantastic opportunities in the geological world at the moment, with shortages in hydrogeology and hazard management. As a science A Level, Geology is useful for anyone considering a degree course in the Geosciences (including Oceanography), as well as Archaeological, Biological, Chemical, Environmental and Physical Science disciplines. Traditional careers for geologists are in the oil and mining industries. More recently, opportunities have broadened to include civil engineering and tunnelling, environmental conservation and climate change, hazard management for volcanoes and earthquakes.
Course Specifics / Entry Requirements
|Qualification Name||Maths GCSE Req.||English GCSE Req.||Other Req.||Desirable Qualifications||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Geology||5||GCSE in a Science at Grade 6 or above.||Interest in ‘the great outdoors’||Compulsory residential trip to Arran: approx £450 in Year 2|