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Geology A Level at Strode College

Course description

Geology is a fascinating subject which involves the scientific study of the Earth, its history, composition and processes. It is an applied science combining elements of physics, chemistry and biology with physical geography. Geology can also combine well with Geography, Archaeology or Environmental Studies.
Geology is a practical subject with plenty of opportunity for fieldwork and lab investigations. Using rock, fossil and mineral specimens, you will piece together the Earth's story. Good geologists are rock detectives who like solving the Earth’s puzzles.

Course content

You will learn about the main elements of the subject and acquire relevant practical skills to aid you in your studies, including analysis of geological specimens and problem solving with maps and photographs. Areas of study include: rocks, fossils, structures and dating; the human environment: earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and volcanoes and the evolution of Britain's rocks from the Precambrian to the Ice Age.

You will take part in fieldwork, with trips to classic West Country sites and there is an optional trip to Iceland or Naples. The international trip is a fantastic opportunity to experience dramatic landscapes and geological features first hand and it is considered to be a major highlight which enhances studies enormously. We have an excellent geology specimen collection which will be of great value to your learning.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent including Maths and GCSE grade C or above in a science subject


The course is currently assessed by written exams, course work and a practical assessment.

Future opportunities

Students can proceed to Geology, Earth or Environmental Science degrees at university. Geology graduates are currently highly sought after by employers and are amongst the highest paid with excellent opportunities for travel. Recent students have progressed to honours degrees at Exeter, Southampton, Bristol, Plymouth, Durham and Cardiff universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Strode College directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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