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Geology A/S at Chichester College

Course description

A/S Geology affords candidates the opportunity to study geological processes that operate at and below the Earth's surface, the evidence of past life and the uses made of geological materials. Through this course learners will also cover the processes and products that form our planet and its rocks.

Course content

A/S Geology consists of three units:Global tectonics investigates: Earth
structure, earthquakes, continental drift, sea floor spreading and plate
tectonics and geological structures Rocks – Processes and Products
investigates: The rock cycle, igneous processes and products,
sedimentary processes and products and metamorphic
processes and products Practicalskills in geology: Students
undertake practical and fieldwork which is then evaluated in a report.
Students currently have 4.5 hours of in class taught sessions and
practicals in a week. Additionally students are expected to undertake
a further 4.5 hours of additionalreading and study per week.
Classroom activities include group work, practicals and exam focused
sessions preparing students toapply their knowledge in the
geology exam. Students also have opportunities to learn through
Chionline and in the college library.


Entry requirements

Candidates need 5 GCSE's A*- C including English Language and Maths. You require no previous geology experience however a good scientific background would be advantageous.


Global tectonics - 30% of the total AS GCE 1 hour written paper short
answer questions Rocks: processes and products - 50% of the total AS
GCE 1 hour 45 min written paper Practical skills in geology- 20% of the
total AS GCE marks Coursework 40 marks completing two tasks set by
OCR. .

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the
Chichester College website

Future opportunities

There are many specialist fields that A level geology students can
progress in such as: geoengineering, resource extraction, and
environmental work.

Further information

Geology lectures and practicals take place in modern classrooms.
Students have access to Chionline, a virtual learning environment allowing
students access to work packs, film clips and additional reading
materials. The college also has an excellent library with extensive
geology resources.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2016
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