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Geology - A Level at Canon Slade CofE School

Course description

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This course aims to develop: • an increased awareness of our dynamic planet and the geological processes that effect it;  • evaluation of geological evidence and current scientific theory; •  an enjoyment of the subject professionally and as a leisure activity; • an appreciation of the links which Geology has with other scientific disciplines; • the ability to think in terms of geological time; • an awareness of the processes acting upon geological environments both present and past; • an understanding of the importance of Geology to humanity in the interpretation of the history of the Earth and in the use and conservation of resources.  The course comprises:  A combination of Field Work and Laboratory Work, which forms the basis of Coursework.  In Year 12 the Coursework is mainly laboratory experiments, with a three-day field trip (to Teesdale). In Year 13 fieldwork forms the bulk of the Coursework, with another three-day residential field trip. • Instructional lessons are interspersed with practical lessons. • There are weekly essays and questions. • Work is corrected by individual teacher attention. • There are topic and module tests throughout the course. The department runs its own website to keep you organised and informed.  You are also well supported through the use of the in-house departmental study guides written by the Course Leader. The couse is taught by a specialist.

Course content

Unit 1: Foundation Geology

Rock Exposures: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrology; geological structures; plate tectonics; earth structure.

Unit 2: Individual Geological Investigation based on residential field visit.

Unit 3: Geology and Human Environment.  Geological Hazards (tsunami, seismic hazards and volconology). Engineering and Resource Geology.

Unit 4: Advance Petrology and Tectonics and Climate Change.

Unit 5: Geology of Lithosphere and Geological Evolution of Britain.

Unit 6: Two Individual Investigations (either lab or field based).

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Mathematics plus 3 A*-C grades at GCSE with a points score of 5.5+ (which equals roughly 4xB/6 and 4xC/5), from the top 8 GCSEs taken in the first sitting.

Additional Subject requirements are as follows:

There is no need to have taken GCSE Geology in order to study Geology at A Level.



Exam Board: WJEC

Both written examination and independant course work including field notes and evidence of techniques.

Unit 1 - Exam - short answer questions.

Unit 2 - Independant Coursework

Unit 3 - Exam - short answer and essay question.

Unit 4 - Short answer questions and geological map problems.

Unit 5 - Two papers, essay and short answer questions on each

Unit 6 - Two pieces of independant lab or field work.


Financial information

This course requires field work (around £75) and departmental text books (£15)

Future opportunities

Geology is a very transferrable subject and it is a facilitator for many science courses: Engineering, Oil Industry, Mineral Resources, Conservation, Town Planner, Environmental Scientist, Education, Teaching, Architecture, Marine Biology, Volcanologist, Natural Scientist, Prospector, Meteorologist, Geophythisist, Metalogist/Chemist, Medicine, Dentistry, Archaelogist, Geographer, Vetinerary Science, Palaeontologist.  Geology is a facilitating subject for many science courses. and counts as a science in its own right.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff. For more information about this course contact us directly on 01204 333343

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2016
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