A Level Programme

Geology A Level

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About this course

Geology is the study of how our planet works and unravelling its history by understanding Earth processes and using this knowledge to interpret rocks.

A Level Geology will introduce you to the science which studies the whole Earth. It covers a range of real life geological contexts (such as geohazards in Britain and the evolution of flight) and the challenges that face contemporary geoscience.

Around half of all UK Earth Science undergraduates studied Geology A level and it is also an accepted science qualification for progression to other science courses including Marine Science, Archaeology and Civil Engineering.

You will have access to the exceptional facilities we have for this subject in a specialist Geology laboratory.

You will learn how to interpret rocks and fossils to reconstruct past episodes of Earth history and make accurate records of rocks in the field.

What will I learn?

Year 1

  • Development of practical skills in Geology
  • Foundations in Geology
  • Global tectonics
  • Interpreting the past

Year 2

  • Development of practical skills in Geology
  • Foundations in Geology
  • Global tectonics
  • Interpreting the past
  • Petrology and economic Geology
  • Geohazards
  • Basin analysis

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by a combination of written papers and practical assessments.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.

Additional Requirements: BB or Grade 6 in Double Science and Grade 5 in Maths

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Applied Biology HNC
  • University - related degree, such as Geology, Geophysics, Earth Systems Science, Physical Geography, Earth and Planetary Sciences and Applied Environmental Science
Oil & Gas Exploration
Mineral Exploration
Quarry Manager
Geotechnical Engineer

Additional Information

There are opportunities to participate in a number of field trips throughout the course which will go towards your practical endorsement component. There are residential fieldtrips to Anglesey and Dorset.

You should have at least two sciences at A Level if you want to study Geology at university.

Geology combines well with Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geography, Biology or Applied Science.