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Geology AS/A Level at Easingwold School

Course description

Geology is a very practical science dealing with all aspects of the earth’s physical structure. It is recognised as a science by universities, and has overlaps with Geography, Physics, Chemistry and BIology.
The subject is strongly based on practical work. The course has fieldwork and research elements built in to it, and offers a residen tial trip to the Isle of Arran in both years. These p
rovide students with a range of transferable skills including teamwork, critical evaluation of data and self-supported study much prized by employers.



Course content

GL1The different types of rocks. The processes creating these from plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes to weathering and erosion.
The relative and absolute dating of geological events. Use of fossils and map work.
GL2 A report of a field investigation to solve geological problems of a small area on the Isle of Arran.
GL3 The knowledge and understanding of geological hazards. The impact of geology in environmental planning and civil engineering projects; the skills of analysing and evaluating geological  data related in hazard assessment.
GL4 This builds on the work done at AS level, going into the material in more depth.
GL5 The Geological evolution of the British Isles. Quaternary
Geology – The ice age and beyond.
GL6 An individual study undertaken in Arran during the year.



AS exams
Foundation Geology
Data-response questions.
A report of a field investigation in Arran.
Geology and the Human Environment - Two compulsory data-response questions and a choice of one essay from three.


A2 exams
Interpreting the Geological Record - Structured questions, interpreting data including geological maps.
Themes -  Two themes will be studied. Each paper has compulsory structured data-response questions followed by a choice of one essay from three.
Geological Investigations - Fieldwork in Arran and a laboratory experiment.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in areas of Geology, Geography, Archaeology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Geology such as a Geologist or Archaeologist.
The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for, especially within the science-related sectors.
Geology is recognised by employers for its breadth of coverage and ability to handle complex issues leading to decision making.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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