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Geology GCE A Level

Greenhead College

Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4ES

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
Science and Mathematics

Course Summary

Geology is not just about rocks. It is a multidisciplinary science that investigates the processes that happen on the earth's surface and within it, considers how the earth has evolved through time and potentially how it will into the future.

Geologists will be crucial to meet society's future challenges whether that is linked to climate change or the sustainable use of our resources. They use this science to explore and exploit our water, mineral and energy resources; to forecast and mitigate volcanic and earthquake hazards; to try to prevent landslides and to protect our natural environment. Geology is also used during the construction of civil engineering projects such as buildings, tunnels and roads.

There are now a wide range of opportunities in geochemical analysis (ie pollution migration), hydrocarbon and mineral (gold!) exploration as well as hazard forecasting and mitigation.

Skills developed will also be beneficial for Geography-related degrees and careers.

Geology is a science A Level and fits very well with most other subjects. However, if you want to pursue Geology at university you should consider taking at least two science A Levels.

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Course Details

Over the two years you will develop an understanding of core concepts in Geology. You will learn about Earth's internal structure and composition, how it formed and its influence on further geological processes and products. You will study plate tectonics; investigate what drives plate motion and how tectonics can influence long term climatic change, geohazards and potentially evolution of life itself. You will investigate how Earth's internal physical and chemical processes form a wide variety of structures, igneous and metamorphic rocks, and the surface processes that lead to the formation of sedimentary rocks. You will also study a variety of fossil groups and understand how they can be used to date rocks and interpret environments from millions of years ago. To reflect some of the Geology careers available, you will also study the formation, exploration and development of Earth's natural resources such as water, hydrocarbons and metal ores. There are also non-core topics such as advanced plate tectonics, Quaternary geology and geohazards.

How will it be delivered?

There will be three papers; all are data response either short structured or extended answer. Two of the papers will examine geological skills involving geological mapwork as well as specimen identification and sketching cross sections.

Entry requirements

The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students will be required to achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.

Prospective Geology students will need to achieve a minimum of grades 55 in GCSE Science OR a grade 5 in either GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Physics.

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