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Geology at Richard Hale School

Course description

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.

Course content

F791 30% (15%)

1hour exam

F792 50% (25%)

1hour45 min exam

F793 20%(10%)


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


F794 15%

1 hour exam

F795 25%

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.

Entry requirements

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.


Please see above for details.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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