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Geology AS / A Level at Budmouth College

Course description

Geologists use evidence from the Earth’s past to help predict the future. The subject provides a wide variety of topics, from volcanoes to engineering to evolution.

Geologists are highly sought after by employers in the growing environmental sector. This specification affords candidates the opportunity to study geological processes that operate at and below the Earth’s surface, the evidence of past life and the uses made of geological materials. Through this specification learners will also cover the processes and products that form our planet and its rocks.

Course content

AS Level

Practical Skills in Geology Foundations in Geology Global Tectonics Interpreting the Past

A Level

Petrology and Economic Geology Geohazards Basin Analysis


Teacher/student led presentation; fieldwork; practical tasks; discussion; peer and self assessment; independent research; video and DVD.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Geography or Science.


AS (if taken):

• 1 Written Exam


A Level:

• 3 Written Exams

• A series of practical tasks

Future opportunities

What could you be?

Involved in exploring and exploiting hydrocarbons; Scientific Researcher; Environmental Engineer; Metallic Mineral Miner; Seismic Monitor; Geological Surveyor; Volcanologist; Coastal Management.

Where could you go?

Imperial College London; Southampton; St Andrews; Liverpool; Plymouth; Bristol; Exeter and many others across the UK. 

Recent student destinations:

Southampton - Geology; St Andrews - Geology; University of Manchester - Geology; Plymouth - Environmental Science; UCL - Geology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Budmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016

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