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Subject Intent: Why Geology?

Geology is the science of the Earth. Thinking like a geologist involves applying knowledge to new and novel situations; students learn how to problem solve and interpret data to come to a suitable conclusion about the geological environment, both in the classroom and out in the field. These are valuable skills for future employability in a wide range of careers.

Why should I study this subject?

Geology is the science of the Earth, and encompasses a range of skills related to physics, chemistry, biology, maths and geography. It covers topics which relate to internal and external Earth processes, and how humans interact with the Earth. It complements the science subjects and Geography and provides a broad foundation in science at A-Level. Geology involves applying your knowledge to new and novel situations, learning how to problem solve and interpret data about the environment. We visit excellent locations in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales to put theory into practice in the field. The Geology A-Level develops a range of key transferable skills, including observation, problem-solving, map work, organisation, enquiry skills, and independent learning. This course prepares you for a broad range of career opportunities, including engineering, geochemistry, geophysics, environmental consultancy, mining, risk and resilience management, petroleum exploration (oil and gas) and scientific research.

What will I study ?

There are three key themes:
• Fundamentals of Geology: elements, minerals and rocks; surface and internal processes (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and processes); time and change; earth structure and global tectonics
• Interpreting the geological record: rock forming processes; rock deformation; past life and climates; Earth materials and natural resources
• Geological themes: geohazards; map applications; quaternary Geology.

There are three exams:

Component 1: Geological investigations
2hrs 15mins (35% overall)

Component 2: Geological principles and processes 1hr 45mins (30% overall)

Component 3: Geological applications 2hrs (35% overall

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here