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Geology A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Course description

Geology allows you to study the nature of the Earth and how resources were formed over millions of years; offering a fascinating investigative study of the world we live in. A level Geology is recognised as a rigorous academic science course accepted as an entry requirements by many prestigious universities including those at Oxbridge. The transferable skills you acquire through planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating your field investigations provide a starting point for employment in a range of industries, including oil and mineral exploration, civil engineering and forensic science. Students investigate a wide range of topics including plate tectonics, the origin of rock types, natural hazards e.g. volcanoes, mass movements, and fossils.

The best geologist is the one who has seen and handled the most specimens and examined a variety of landscapes. The department has an extensive collection of museum standard specimens for students to study. Field excursions are arranged on a regular basis to localities in North and South Wales, Northern England and Iceland. On these excursions students learn and further develop the practical skills they have developed in the classroom.


GL1 Foundation Geology 1hr examination with 4 data response questions.

GL2a Investigative Geology An integrated problem solving paper linked to a geological map and specimens. The paper is taken at the end of April and assessed in school.

GL3 Geology and the Human Environment. This paper has data response questions of real case studies and an essay based on the processes involved in natural hazard and how their effects can be minimized and monitored, and an investigation into waste disposal and civil engineering projects.

GL4 Interpreting the Geological Record Integrated structured questions, interpreting a variety of data, including geological maps.

GL5 Geological Themes Two themes are studied, the Geology of Britain & Quaternary Geology. Each paper has compulsory structured data-response questions followed by a choice of one essay from three.

GL6 Geological Investigations Two geological investigations are submitted based on personal studies during fieldwork.

Future opportunities

Geology offers you an opportunity to travel the world whilst working. The jobs can be field- based (working outside) for example as an exploration geologist; or office based analysing data provided by the field and exploration geologists. Traditional careers include the oil and mining industries. Geologists are now becoming increasingly involved in civil engineering, forensics, and archaeology. Presently, many Geologists are involved in waste disposal projects and help the Environment Agency with the supply and treatment of water.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015

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