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Geology A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

Take a journey from outer space to deep within the core of our planet. Learn about the cataclysmic and spectacular forces that have shaped our planet from its origins 4.5 billion years ago. You will develop an understanding of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and what we do to try to predict these natural disasters.

Discover answers to questions that have been asked by generations of the most talented minds; How do the rocks form? How old is the earth? What are fossils and what can they tell us about life on Earth? What is inside the earth? Start to find the answer to all these questions and more with A Level Geology.


Course content

You will study a variety of interesting modules including:

  • Global tectonics – learn about the structure of the Earth beneath your feet. Learn about what is driving the engine that produces the landscapes you see today.
  • Rocks, process and products – learn about how volcanoes and their spectacular eruptions, you will also learn about beautiful shallow seas and fantastic metamorphic formations.
  • Environmental geology – learn about how we locate and extract the most expensive minerals on the planet including; oil, gas, coal, gold and diamonds.
  • Evolution of life, Earth and climate – learn about how life developed from small bacteria into giant dinosaurs and finally into the flora and fauna we see today.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in Maths and English Language as well as Science (core and additional) at grade B or above.


In both years you will be assessed by 2 written examinations and a practical ISA exam.

Future opportunities

The Government recognises that there is a national shortage of qualified Geologists, so there has never been a better time to study this subject. Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Leicester, Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), King’s College London and the University of Manchester.
They are reading a wide range of degree programmes such as Geology with Planetary Science, Marine and Freshwater Biology and Geography to name but a few

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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