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Geology at Old Swinford Hospital

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The Course:

The Advanced level Geology course offers students the opportunity to study a range of geological processes which operate at and below the Earth's surface.

The AS Units F791 and F792 cover the processes and products that form our planet and its rocks.

The A2 Unit F794 covers major uses of geological resources, addressing environmental, technological, safety and economic issues in addition to geological concepts. A2 Unit F795 explores the history of life on Earth and introduces palaeontology, a new area of study at this level. Major vertebrate and invertebrate fossil groups are studied, and the interaction between life and the physical environment are explored.

NO previous knowledge of geology is required, just a sound grasp of GCSE Science and a willingness to learn something new.

Geology is a practical science, and both AS Unit F793 and A2 Unit F796 develop practical and investigative skills necessary for the proper study of the subject. There is no substitute for studying in the field and we will take every opportunity to undertake fieldwork. Geology is very much a hands-on science and you will develop your communication and teamwork skills during lessons. Advanced level Geology is suitable for candidates looking for a broad base in science, and it would also support subjects such as geography, chemistry, biology and history.


Geology will extend your knowledge of the Earth’s structure and enable you to understand how the planet has evolved to its current state. You will also learn how to use ideas and evidence to see how geological theories were developed over many years. We will also consider how religion and culture have influenced geological ideas.

What next…

Advanced level Geology opens up a huge variety of routes through university. Common degree subjects taken by A level Geologists would include Engineering, most science based courses and Archaeology. Success in the subject would demonstrate not only a good grasp of scientific skills but also indicate that candidates appreciate the importance of observation, ideas and evidence.


Stourbridge is close to some excellent geological sites. The local mining and quarrying activities from the recent past allow easy access to a range of geological Structures and we will use links with geological societies in the region.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.