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Geology A - AS Level at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College

Course description

Geology at AS and A Level will enable you to attain an understanding and appreciation of planet earth. The origin, form and structure of the planet and the development of life through the vastness of the Geological timescale will be studied in this fascinating subject.

This course is not simply an academic study of planet earth but an issue based investigation into the custody by people of their natural environment. It enables students to widen their appreciation of the sciences and is relevant to a significant range of science and environmental Degree-Level courses.

The AS course lays the foundation for you either to continue and complete the full A Level Geology, with a view to studying a science course at university, or it will supply you with an additional Science qualification to broaden your appreciation of earth and its history.

Course content

For AS Level there are 3 units:

Foundation Level: Plate Tectonics; the Rock Cycle; Minerals and the Fossil Record.

Practical Skills: Mapping; Rock, Mineral and Fossil Testing and Identification.

Environmental Geology: Coping with Natural Geological Hazards and reducing risks from Industrial Waste and Engineering.

For A Level there are 3 units which further develop several of the themes from AS:

Interpreting the Geological Record: Studying Rock Forming Processes, Deformation, Past Life and Climates and Real Geological Maps.

Natural Geological resources and the Geology of the Lithosphere

Coursework: (50%) Fieldwork - report based on a trip to Pembroke in Wales; (50%) Laboratory Investigations written up as a report.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grades A – C, including both Mathematics and Science.

Minimum grade C in GCSE Triple Science & Additional Science is highly desirable, but not essential.

* To go on to A Level, you need to have at least a Grade C at AS Level Geology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shooters Hill Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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