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Geology AS & A Level at Scarborough Sixth Form College

Course description

  • Study how our Earth works, Earth System Science.
  • Study and attempt to predict earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides.
  • Work out how to find and evaluate water, mineral, and energy resources.
  • Learn about the evolution of life on Earth (including the dinosaurs).
  • Date key events, examine mass extinctions and environmental change.
  • Predict the impact of human activities, such as ‘Fracking’, exploring for oil and gas, mining and quarrying activities.
  • Draw conclusions from incomplete data, show an awareness of the wider environment and develop a pragmatic and practical approach.
  • Develop practical skills which will be assessed alongside your examinations.

Course content

Module 1 – Fundamentals of geology
F1 Elements, minerals and rocks
F2 Surface and internal processes
F3 Time and change
F4 Earth Structure and global tectonics

Module 2 – Interpreting the geological record
G1 Rock forming processes
G2 Rock deformation
G3 Past life and past climates
G4 Earth materials and natural resources

Module 3 – Geological themes
T1 Geohazards
T2 Geological map applications
T3 Quaternary geology*
T4 Geological evolution of Britain*
T5 Geology of the lithosphere*

Learners will study one of the options T3, T4 and T5, indicated with an asterisk*.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet the A Level entry requirements.


This consists of 3 examination papers as well as a practical endorsement.

Paper 1 Geological investigations 2 hours and 15 minutes
Consists of 2 data response questions and an investigation of the geology of an area shown on a simplified geological map.

Paper 2 Geological principles and processes 1 hour and 45 minutes
Consists of 6 data response questions

Paper 3 Geological applications 2 hours
Consists of 2 data response questions, an investigation of the geology of an area from a Geological Survey map extract and 3 data response questions from chosen option.

Practical endorsement – non examined assessment, this involves the assessment of a candidates practical competence, this will be reported separately and will not contribute to the finial grade.

Future opportunities

Exploration / Engineering / Surveying / Museum Work / Archaeology / Environmental Monitoring / Conservation / Teaching

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Scarborough Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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