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Geology A-level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

You will be interested in how rocks are formed and identified, the fossil records they contain and their importance in civil engineering. Students often progress to degree courses in geology or related disciplines. Past students work professionally as geologists in areas such as oil and mineral exploration. You will learn about the composition of the Earth’s crust, mantle and core, earthquakes, continental drift and plate tectonics.

You’ll also study the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and learn how to identify rocks and minerals. Later on you’ll study environmental geology and explore the evolution of life, undertaking a detailed study of the major groups of invertebrate fossils, evolution and extinction, ecology and the use of fossils in dating.

As well as classroom study, fieldwork and the development of practical skills is essential to geology and you will have numerous opportunities to visit locations within Cumbria, one of the classical areas of British geology. Later on, you will have the option to visit an internationally renowned geological location; in recent years this has been Iceland.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study geology at this level you need to have gained the standard College entry requirements. If you intend to study geology at university you should choose at least two of your subjects from geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.