Geology

Geology brings science and physical geography together to help us understand both past and present physical processes which occur on Planet Earth. Geology is hands on and therefore you will have regular field trips and lab practicals so that you can see the theory in action. This cutting edge Geology course uses current scientific discoveries to influence and guide your lectures. Your topics will include Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and exploration techniques. As Geology covers a range of different subjects, you will learn lots of transferable skills. These skills make Geology a highly sought after course by universities and employers alike and can lead you to areas such as Hazard Management, Applied Geology, Engineering, Geophysics, Exploration Geology, Oceanography and Marine Biology. Geology is an ideal partner subject to Geography, Environmental Science and all of the ‘core’ sciences.

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A Level

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What will I study?

Geology is a subject which brings Science and Physical Geography together to help us understand both past and present physical processes which occur on Planet Earth. This cutting edge Geology course will cover topics such as Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Fossils. Geology is an ideal partner subject to Geography, Environmental Studies and all the Sciences.

How will I learn?

Within the classroom you will undertake lectures, independent research projects and regular exam questions. For a modern course modern techniques will be used for both research and learning. Google Earth analysis and interactive quizzes are regular features of the course.

Geology is very much a hands on subject and therefore you will have regular field trips and lab practicals so that you can see the theory in action. Field trips are local day trips for the most part with a residential trip available within the two years of study.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by three end of second year exams.

The practical endorsement will be complete throughout the first year during the lab time and field trips.

Are there any trips on this course?

The course involves 5 days of compulsory fieldtrips which will be in the local area and kept to a minimal cost.

There will also be a residential trip available during the two years.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

Grade 4 in Maths.

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FAQs

What can I combine Geology with?

Geology is a perfect partner for all the Sciences as it combines elements of Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

For the Geography pathway it is beneficial to study Physical Geography or Environmental Sciences.

Do I need to have studied Geology at GCSE

No, as long as you either have a good grounding in the Sciences or have studied Geography at GCSE. The first few terms are an introduction to Geology and what it involves.

What is the style of teaching?

Alongside your lectures and the theory entailed you will learn through practical experimentation and fieldwork which underpins geological theory – this is a hands-on subject.