Geology A Level

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

A Level Geology is the study of Earth and Earth systems. During this course, you will understand how our planet works and unravel its history by understanding Earth processes and using this knowledge to interpret the stories that rocks, sediments and fossils “tell us”. During this time of environmental uncertainty, due to climate change, evidence from the past can provide us with ideas we need to manage the present and the future.

Whilst studying Geology, you will improve your knowledge and understanding of minerals, rock types, plate tectonics, evolution of life and climate (including fossil interpretation incorporating dinosaurs!), geohazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes, engineering and economic geology, structural geology, and practical skills. As well as gaining subject specific knowledge, you will gain transferable scientific skills that will be enhanced through lessons, laboratory investigations and fieldwork.

You will have access to fantastic facilities, such as a specialist Geology laboratory and equipment, where you will learn how to interpret the rocks, sediments, and fossils to reconstruct episodes of Earth history and make accurate records of Geology in the field.

No previous knowledge of Geology is required; although whilst studying this amazing and diverse subject, you will be surprised at how much Geology you have previously covered in GCSE Geography, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of examinations and practical assessments.

Field trips and a residential trip will go towards your practical endorsement component.

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 including Double Science, Maths and English.

Retaking GCSE English as part of your programme is required if you do not have Grade 4.

Career Pathways

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Applied Science HNC/D. You could also consider a related degree, such as Geology, Geophysics, Earth Systems Science, Physical Geography, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Applied Environmental Science, Mining Engineering, Engineering Geology and Geotechnics

Additional information

Geology A Level combines well with Environmental Science, Geography, Biology, Physics, Maths, Business, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, History and Politics.

Traditionally, Geology used to lead to a career in the Oil, Gas and Mineral Exploration fields. With changing times and global warming however, there
are multiple amazing career opportunities associated with Geology, such as: Geotechnical Engineering, Palaeontology, Meteorology/Climatology, Geopolitics, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, Volcanology and Seismology. Geologists are now being employed as scientific advisors to Governmental Organisations and to the Energy and Pollution sectors.

It’s worth noting that Geology graduates who are prepared to work abroad command some of the highest salaries of any graduates!

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