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Geology - AS and A Levels at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • Annual fieldtrip to the Isle of Arran off the coast of Scotland.
  • Annual fieldtrip to Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
  • Fieldwork visits to closer locations such as the Gower Peninsula and Pembrokeshire.
  • Access to an extensive rock, mineral and fossil collection.

Course content

Geology is the science of the earth, integrating physics, biology and chemistry in the investigation of our planet. With the added dimension of time, geology explores the evolution of earth since its formation 4600 million years ago.

Geology is a very practical subject and students will become expert in identifying rocks, minerals, fossils, folds and faults. They will develop a variety of useful skills interpreting maps to decipher the past and find important resources for the future.

Fieldwork forms an important part of investigative geology, learning to observe, record and identify geological phenomena and also the use and the making of maps.

AS Level consists of:  Foundation Geology; Investigative Geology; Geology and The Human Environment.

A2 Level consists of interpreting the geological record, geological themes and geological investigations.

Entry requirements

Geology can be taken at AS Level without prior study of the subject. Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of six GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be either GCSE mathematics or GCSE English language. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the faculty.


AS Level

GL1 Foundation Geology

Several data response questions. All questions compulsory.

GL2 Internal assessment  

This is a practical exercise based on a geological map to test skills.

GL3 Geology and the Human Environment

Two compulsory structured data-response questions and a choice of one essay from three.

A2 Level

GL4 Interpreting the Geological Record

Integrated structured questions, interpreting a variety of data including geological maps.

GL5 Geological Themes

A set of compulsory structured data-response questions and a choice of one essay from three.

GL6 Geological Investigations

Two geological investigations led by students.

Future opportunities

Geologists are all round scientists and an A level in geology is useful for many careers. Both the oil industry and mining companies employ geologists to help support the finding, mapping and extraction of valuable resources. Civil engineering geologists investigate ground conditions before contructions projects like dams and tunnels.Many geologists find careers with water companies, local authorities and educational establishments.

To pursue a geological career it would be useful to study other sciences and/or maths to A Level standard. Becoming a geologist would mean studying geology or earth science at University. Many geographers persue an A level in geology to develop a more in depth understanding of the earth's physical processes.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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