Geology

Level 3, A Level

Duration: Two Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Course Description

I Stock _000027809472_SmallA-Level Geology deals with the study of the Earth. It is a broad, Science based subject that is ideal to be studied alongside other Sciences or Geography. 

No previous knowledge of geology is required, but a solid background in Maths, English and Science is essential.

This A-Level will provide you with excellent skills in communication, observation and analysis, preparing you well for university study and a wide range of jobs in the scientific arena.

Modules

  • Development of practical skills in geology
  • Fieldwork
  • Minerals and rocks
  • Fossils and time
  • Earth structure
  • Plate tectonics
  • Geological structures
  • Sedimentary environments and time
  • Geochronology
  • Applied sedimentology
  • Fluids and geological processes
  • Igneous petrology
  • Metamorphic petrology
  • Mining geology
  • Geohazards
  • Engineering geology
  • Key concepts for basin analysis
  • Basin analysis in practice

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

Modules will be taught through the use of the OCR Geology text book, group work, class discussion and research.

The examinations in Geology are all synoptic, meaning that they cover all the content of the course. The exams total of 6 hours (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) taken at the end of the course. A wide range of question types which include multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.

Why Should I Choose Seevic College?

  • You will get the chance to undertake a wide range of fieldwork, getting the hands-on experience you need to help with your understanding of the subject.
  • Former students are currently attending universities including: Plymouth University, University of Leicester, University of Portsmouth, Royal Holloway, University of Southampton, The University of Aberdeen, The University of Liverpool and University College London.

What Could I Do Next?

  • Geology is regarded as an academic science subject for many university courses. It can therefore support other sciences at degree level, as well as being an academic subject in its own right.
  • After Higher Education, you could progress to a range of opportunities; the Oil industry, Mining, Civil Engineering, Surveying and other science-based industries are all common career pathways for Geologists.
  • In recent years, a high number of A-Level Geology students have progressed to Higher Education to study Geology or a related subject.

General Entry Requirements

Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths. 

If you achieve English at a Grade C/4, your Maths grade must be a D/3 and vice versa.  

Specific Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade C/5 in GCSE English and B/6 Maths.

Grade B in either Geography or single science.

Additional Costs

  • Textbook
  • Geology trip. 

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