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Geology AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

Geology is the study of the earth.  It is mainly about the processes that have made the physical world we live in.  It examines how, over time, these have produced the landscape that surrounds us and the resources we rely on.

You may have looked at many of the topics covered in Geology before, such as plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes. Geology links them to processes deep in the earth as well as exploring the impact on humans. Surprisingly a key element of Geology is the study of rocks and the minerals that make them. They leave a set of clues as to how, when and in what environment they were formed millions of years ago; fossils provide a key to this puzzle.

You will do this investigative work in the class, laboratories and most importantly the field.

Course content

Here are some of the topics we cover:

  • Rocks and geological structures
  • Plate tectonics
  • Fossils
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • The geological history of the British Isles
  • The Lithosphere

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language


There are two exams and two pieces of coursework.  The coursework is done in the field, in Spain.

Financial information

Field trips are compulsory. In the first year they are local. In the second year they take place in Spain and the UK and are used to cover your coursework.

The local geology is world famous and you will have many fieldtrips in the South West and also a week in Spain in the second year.

Future opportunities

Being a professional Geologist, which is a varied field, requires a university degree in Geological Sciences. Over 50% of Huish Geologists go on to study the subject, or one related at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Huish College directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.