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A Level: Geology at Beauchamp College

Course description

Geology at A level will provide you with a host of transferable skills and involves an unrivalled range of scientific disciplines within a single course. It therefore suits students who enjoy science and want another science subject to complement the others they are taking. It also suits those who don’t want to take traditional science A levels, but still want a scientific subject that will complement their arts options. It is a highly accessible course, enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the natural world.

Course content

Over two years students will study:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in geology

Module 2: Foundations in geology - minerals and rocks; fossils and time

Module 3: Global Tectonics - Earth structure; plate tectonics; geological structures

Module 4: Interpreting the past - sedimentary environments; geochronology, petrology and economic geology: applied sedimentology; fluids and geological processes; igneous petrology; metamorphic petrology; mining geology

Module 5: Geohazards - engineering geology; geohazards

Module 6: Basin analysis - key concepts; basin analysis in practice (includes fossils and oil/gas)

Entry requirements

5 grade 5s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

5 or above in Maths and Double Science.



Three exams at the end of year 13

Practical endorsement (pass/fail): Practical skills developed throughout the course

Future opportunities

The course provides an excellent foundation for higher education in any of the Earth or Environmental Sciences. As a fully accepted science subject it also aids admission onto other science, technology and engineering-based degree courses.

Geology also opens doors into the world of work, both in directly related careers such as exploration of natural resources, environmental work, civil engineering etc., and in other careers which require a scientific approach. Geologists now rank in the top 25 high earning careers. Travel opportunities for geologists are also outstanding; a career in geology could take you round the world.

In addition to subject knowledge, students studying Geology will have the opportunity to develop many basic skills. IT skills are often used, you will become an effective communicator and general scientific skills will also be developed. Students will also learn study skills which will be essential to their progress in Higher Education.

Further information

Geology is a really exciting and interesting subject, and it isn’t just about rocks!! It is the scientific study of the Earth and its history and it provides crucial information on the nature of Earth materials and processes, from the core to the surface.

Earth Sciences are central to our understanding of the environment, to minimising the hazards posed by earthquakes and volcanoes, and our attempts to provide many of the raw materials needed for survival. It also helps us to understand climate change and our origins through the study of fossils and evolution. Geology is a subject of enormous breadth.

The Geology teachers at Beauchamp are very enthusiastic about their subject and are committed to promoting students understanding and enjoyment of Earth Sciences. You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning styles including practical work both in the laboratory and on field trips. We take full advantage of the excellent computing facilities available at Beauchamp. We also have a tradition of “Geology Cake Day” for which some students have created some amazing geology related cakes.

Fieldwork is a requirement of the course and the perfect opportunity to put theory into practice. Four days minimum is expected. This is delivered through two residential trips, one per year (financial support can be available for qualifying students). These currently take place in Dorset and Cumbria on alternate years. Local visits to Leicester University are organized to make use of their outreach programme and events. Other trips are also organized as required.

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: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years