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Geology AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

The course involves studying minerals, rocks and fossils so that you can read for yourself what these artefacts tell us about our planet’s past or “Earth’s Stories.” You will also learn about how we use the materials of the Earth and about the hazards of living on a geologically active planet. You will be taught to observe, gather evidence and to draw conclusions - skills useful for success in later life. Many students go on to study Geology or related courses at university and progress to jobs involving protecting us from Hazards, Environmental Management, Geological Exploration or Civil Engineering.

Course content

Some of the modules you will study include:

Foundation Geology, Geology and the Human Environment, Quaternary Geology and Natual Resources

Entry requirements

Students who do well in Geology are those who become good at solving problems and interpreting the clues that the Earth has stored up in the rocks. To be successful you need to be hard working so that you can complete coursework and learn all the concepts and details needed in exams, enjoy practical tasks, and like the idea of working outdoors as well as in the classroom. Geology is a science so you need to be reasonably good at science and ideally Maths too.

Future opportunities

There are many exciting job opportunities for Geologists in areas such as Hazard Geology (earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides), Exploration Geology (looking for oil and minerals), Climate Change and Planetary Geology. One former student has been working on preventing hillsides collapsing. Another uses fossils in peat samples to calculate rates of climate change during the last 2.5 million years, helping our predictions of Earth’s future climate change. A third former student handles samples of the Moon brought back by astronauts. Finally one past student has worked on how the mantle moves, which limestones contain oil, and is now the top Professor at Royal Holloway University.

Further information

Students have the chance to develop their learning beyond the classroom by spending time working in “The Rockery” of the KGV Geology department, which holds an extensive collection of rocks, minerals and fossils. You will explore rocks outdoors on day trips to Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria as well as during a week-long visit to the Isle of Arran. Extra workshops are provided to enhance your learning in the classroom, and there will be opportunities to visit universities or listen to talks at KGV from university students and staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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