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Geology A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

The WJEC-Eduqas A level in Geology is a linear course which starts in September 2017 with a final exam at the end of two years. It provides a comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and understanding required for a study of the Earth, its structures, evolution and dynamics as preparation for further study at University or for its own enjoyment. Practical work within the specification is one of the attractions of geology and a minimum of 4 days is spent on fieldwork.

Course content

The core aspects of this course introduce eight geological concepts:
• elements, minerals and rocks
• surface and internal processes of the rock cycle
• time and change
• Earth structure and global tectonics
• rock-forming processes
• rock deformation
• past life and past climates
• Earth materials and natural resources
There are three themes which integrate and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the core aspects. These are:
two compulsory themes:
• geohazards
• geological map applications
and a choice of one from the following:
• Quaternary geology
• Geological evolution of Britain
• Geology of the lithosphere

As with the other sciences, the assessment of practical competency is by a non-examined Practical Endorsement.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

Oil and Mineral Industries



Water Industry


Further information


Alderley Edge/Styal



Attendance at local geological lectures

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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