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Geology A Level at Highfields School

Course description

Geology is the ‘Earth Science’. Geology is an accessible and practical science that involves the study of the Earth: its structure; the processes that form rocks; the role of plate tectonics in creating earthquakes and volcanoes, how fossils show how life has evolved on Earth and how it shapes everyday life from toothpaste to tsunamis, from landfill to landslips.

Course content

AS Course content
Students learn about the Earth: its structure; the evidence for plate tectonics; the causes and effects of earthquakes and how to minimise the impact of these natural hazards (volcanoes, landslips). Students learn about the rock cycle and the processes that produce igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
A2 Course content
In addition to increasing the depth of understanding from AS, students choose two of four special topics which include: formation, exploration and extraction of natural resources such as metals and petroleum; the journey of the UK through time; the evidence for and causes of increased climate changes; the study of fossils, including trilobites and dinosaurs. A2 also includes a laboratory and fieldwork based investigation.


AS/A2 assessment criteria
AS: 70% examination including 30% assessment of practical skills (including fieldwork)
A2: 70% examination; 30% assessment of practical skills (including fieldwork)

Future opportunities

  • Mining
  • Water supply management
  • Research
  • Environmental and land management
  • Pollution control
  • Other general career paths

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highfields School directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016

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