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Geology AS/A2 Level at Kings Priory School

Course description

The science and study of Geology has grown significantly in popularity over the last ten years. A number of well documented TV programmes highlighting the origins of the Earth, the dangers of Yellowstone, and the evolution of Man alongside real events such as the Boxing Day tsunami, the earthquakes of China, Pakistan, Haiti and Chile, together with the recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland and by Mount Merapi have all elevated interest in the subject.

This, together with the growing need to be more aware of the natural resources the Earth has to offer (both in terms of recognition and careful management) now makes Geology a very attractive A-level subject to study. The course develops skills of observation, measuring and recording, particularly in the field leading on to more complex and challenging skills of interpretation and problem solving.

Geology is the study of the Earth! It involves the natural processes that operate at or beneath the Earth's surface, the evidence of past life and the uses made of geological materials. The various units explore the processes and products that form our planet and its rocks.

Geology is a practical science and there are opportunities to develop investigative skill necessary for the proper study of the subject. Fieldwork is undertaken wherever relevant to the unit being studied. The Geography & Geology Department have ran optional trips to Iceland, Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and back to Iceland again over the last 8 years. It is anticipated this will continue. There is a textbook available that has been specifically written for this course by the OCR examiners which all students will receive.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015

Key information

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