Evidence of past life

It's not just rocks! Could you picture yourself studying earthquakes, dinosaurs, volcanic eruptions, analysing maps in search for oil and gas or analysing fossils to further understand evolution? If so, an A-level in Geology could be for you.

During the course you will get the opportunity to study the origin and evolution of our planet; the chemical and physical properties of minerals, rocks and fluids (water and oil); the structure of our mobile crust - its newly forming ocean floors and its ancient drifting continents; the history of life on Earth; and structural Geology to name just a few units! 

Why Geology? 

  • To study both modern and ancient environments, interpreting the processes at work on our planet
  • To understand and discover the natural resources upon which the modern world is based
  • Geology is a study of history that extends back billions of years
  • Geology helps us identify and mitigate natural hazards such as earthquakes, coastal erosion, flooding and landslides.

Many students go on study subjects such as Environmental Science, Geology, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Earth Science, Town Planning, Surveying and Geophysics to name just a few.

Any special requirements?  

No previous study of Geology or Geography is required. A minimum of grade 6 in Science and Mathematics at GCSE. 

What will I study?  

AS -

1. Global tectonics - Earth structure, earthquakes, continental drift, geological structures, sea floor spreading and plate tectonics.
2. Rocks processes and products - The rock cycle, igneous processes and products, sedimentary processes and products, metamorphic processes and products.
3. Practical Skills in Geology.

A2 -

1. Environmental Geology - Water supply, energy resources, metallic mineral deposits, engineering geology.
2. Evolution of Life - Earth and climate, formation of fossils, morphology of fossils and adaptation of organisms to live in different environments, fossil evidence of the evolution of organisms and mass extinctions, dating methods, correlation methods and interpretation of geological maps, changing climate.
3. Practical Skills in Geology.

 How will I be assessed?

Four units (two at AS, two at A2) are externally assessed through written examinations.
Two units (one at AS, one at A2) are internally assessed and will assess students' practical skills. 

Further information

Please click here for a course leaflet. If you would like further information about this subject please contact the Course Leader of Geology, Miss K Hodgkinson at:

Queens Road West
T 01254 232 992
F 01254 355 215

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