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Geology at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Geology?

Geology is an exciting subject with appeal to Physical Geography and Science-based students. On average, only medical and dentistry graduates earn more than geologists and students who go on to study subjects such as Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geophysics and Geochemistry.

The course outlines the history, evolution, practicality and beauty of our planet. It will give you the opportunity to take part in enjoyable and relevant fieldwork as you are taught by experienced teaching staff in a friendly and supportive environment.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 84% of students achieving A*-B grades.

What will I study?

Topics include:

  • Plate tectonics
  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Rock processes and products
  • Environmental, economic and engineering Geology
  • The evolution of life, oceans and the atmosphere

Due to Geology’s scientific nature, we advise that you take at least one other science subject as part of your study programme.

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Geology specifically, this should include:

  • Grade 6 in Maths; AND
  • Grade 66 in Combined Science OR Grade 6 in Geology


How is the course assessed?

  • A written examination worth 80%
  • Coursework and practical work worth 20%

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

Careers open up for geologists in a large number of areas such as mineral exploration and mining, hazard prediction and management, hydrology, metallurgy and industrial chemistry, mapping and surveying, engineering, and the energy and resource industry. On average only medical and dentistry graduates earn more than geologists!

Where are you going?

  • Climate Scientist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Geophysicist
  • Oceanographer

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Maths

Due to the scientific nature of the course we would advise students to take one of the above subjects alongside Geology.

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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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAGEOLO

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