Geology at Richard Hale School
Exam Body: OCR
What students can expect of the course
Geology is a practical discipline which offers an understanding of the physical world and its origins. It will be taught from the first principles and therefore gives you the opportunity to study something new. A wide range of skills will be taught, including rock and mineral identification, hypothesis testing, data collection, problem solving, computing, communication and field study skills. You will use a variety of resources such as Geological Survey maps, rocks, minerals and fossils, CD ROMs, journals and fieldwork equipment. Coursework at AS will involve a laboratory experiment. There is a residential field trip to Cornwall involving Geological surveying in the summer term of year 12. There are additional day trips to quarries and museums as appropriate.
F791 30% (15%)
F792 50% (25%)
1hour45 min exam
Global Tectonics- Covers the origin and structure of the earth, earthquakes, plate tectonics and geological structures.
Rocks, Processes and Products - Covers the idea of the rock cycle and the processes that form sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Practical skills in Geology - Assessment via centre based or field work task. Centre based evaluative task
1 hour exam
1 hour 45 min exam
F 796 10%
AS units as above, Unit F791 being 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks, Unit F792 being 25% of the Advanced GCE marks, and Unit F793 being 10% of the Advanced GCE marks.
Environmental Geology- Covers water supply, energy resources, metallic mineral deposits and engineering geology
Evolution of life, Earth and Climate - Covers formation of fossils, evolution of organisms, mass extinctions, dating methods, geological maps and changing climate.
Practical skills in Geology 2 - Assessment via centre based or field work task. Centre based evaluative task
All the written exams consist mainly of short answer questions, along with a small number of questions requiring more extended answers. All exams will be taken in June.
GCSE Science and/or Geography grade C or better. Geology embraces ideas from other disciplines such as Geography and the Sciences and therefore can be studied in combination with those subjects.
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Geology provides a useful entry into a wide variety of careers some of which include civil engineering, mining and mineral/oil exploration, environmental and resources management, town planning, archaeology, oceanography and the geosciences.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Hale School directly.