Geology A Level
What will I learn?
Unit 1 Practical skills in geology: a minimum of 4 days fieldwork is an essential component of the A Level course and will be assessed in a written exam.
Unit 2 Foundations in geology: fossils and time; minerals and rocks
Unit 3 Global tectonics: earth structure; plate tectonics and geological structures
Unit 4 Interpreting the past: sedimentary environments in time and geochronology
Unit 5 Petrology and economic geology: applied sedimentology; fluids and geological processes; igneous petrology; metamorphic petrology; mining geology
Unit 6 Geohazards: geohazards; engineering geology
Unit 7 Basin analysis: key concepts in basin analysis; basin analysis in practice
GCSE Science at Grade 5 or above or a Level 2 vocational science qualification (eg BTEC Level 2 or OCR National) at merit or above plus GCSE English at Grade 4 or above, & GCSE Maths at 5 or above. An average GCSE points score of 4.9 or above.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
01: 110 marks: Personal investigation with Personal study. A Level weighting 60%
02: 100 marks: Externally-set assignment: internally marked, externally moderated. A Level weighting 40%
All written exams consist mainly of short-answer questions, along with a small number of questions requiring more extended answers.
Additional Learning Opportunities
Fieldtrips are always quoted by students who have completed AS & A2 Geology as the most enjoyable and beneficial part of the course, and they particularly appreciate the opportunity get to know staff and other students outside of the college environment. Fieldwork involves a residential field trip as well as one-day trips. You could also get involved in community projects.
Who is this course aimed at?
Geology is attractive to students who wish to:
- discover the causes of catastrophic events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and mass extinctions
- find out how the Earth was formed, and what it is like inside
- investigate the strange variety of life that existed before humans, and find out why mass extinctions happen
- learn how to research and make accurate observations in the lab and in the field
- combine Geology with any other subject, but particularly Geography, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and History
You could move directly into employment with organisations such as local councils, natural hazards agencies or scientific research groups or go to university to study geology or other earth sciences such as geophysics, engineering geology, oceanography, environmental geoscience (natural hazards) or environmental science.
- A Level
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