What will you study

There are 6 units:
Global Tectonics – All about the Earth, it’s formation and how it’s internal workings drive the surface processes including hazards such as Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Rocks – Products & Processes – How Earth materials form and give us evidence for the Earth’s continuing change
Practical Skills 1 – A mixture of laboratory and field based skills in measurement, observation and observation.
Environmental Geology – How the resources of the Earth (Oil, coal, metals, water etc) are formed, found, extracted and used responsibly.
Evolution of Earth, Life & Climate – Prehistoric life and what they tell us. Evolution & extinction and the changing climate over time
Practical Skills 2 – This unit builds on the AS practical unit


Who is the course for?

Anyone who has an interest in the natural world. A perfect subject to accompany Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography, Archaeology and History amongst others. Geology is a science that provides an essential contribution to an understanding of the Earth. The subject centres on the study of minerals and rocks and the processes of their formation and distribution. Uniquely, it introduces the concept of geological time which, with the study of fossils and the rock record, enables a reconstruction of Earth history. It considers the nature of geological hazards and their management and a range of issues that affect people’s daily lives. Geology affects the environment we build, providing the resources for the building and manufacturing industries, the energy to fuel them and the environment for society’s waste. It is perhaps the most interdisciplinary and integrated of the sciences, providing a broad, scientifically relevant education. Laboratory work and, particularly fieldwork, for all levels of ability, encourage accurate observation and analysis. These studies also develop a very wide range of skills that are transferable to many learning situations.

Entry requirements

5 Higher Level passes (A*-C) at GCSE (or equivalent) including Double Award Science. It is not a requirement to have studied GCSE Geology.
5 Higher grade passes including GCSE Geography and English.

How you will be assessed

A combination of external exams and internal controlled assessment (coursework). Around 70% exam and 30% coursework overall when faced with a difficult challenge.

Progression routes

A career in Geology can take many forms, including working in the mining industry, oil and gas exploration, hazard evaluation (volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis), water supply, geological mapping, engineering, geochemistry, geophysics, palaeontology (the study of fossils), environmental Geology, the study of climate change, and even investigating the Geology of other planets and their moons.  A career in Geology offers great opportunities for travel and, at the present time, there is a huge demand for students with a degree in this subject, with the monetary rewards being considerable.