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Geology A Level at Teesdale School

Course description

Geology is the scientific study of the earth and the processes which have created and shaped it over millions of years. Throughout the course there is a requirement to think scientifically, consider evidence and to obtain understanding through experimentation. We follow the OCR specification (H087 and H487).

In the first year of study there is one practical skills module and 2 taught modules. The first (F791) of these considers the structure of the earth and how it is affected by the processes of plate tectonics. The second (F792) takes a detailed look at the rock cycle, and the way in which geological processes form rocks with differing characteristics.

In the second year of study, there are also two taught modules. The first of which (F794) investigates the application of geology in the real world, asking what should be considered when building coastal defences, tunnels, dams and waste dumps. The second module (F795) studies the evolution of life through the fossil record, and considers how climate and sea level have changed over the Earths 4.5 billion year history.

The practical modules in both years can be completed through lab based tasks, or in field study completed in a trip which takes place in July of the AS year to North Wales.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Teesdale School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years