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Geology A Level at Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School

Course description

Geology allows us to study geological processes that operate at and below the Earth's surface, the evidence of past life and the uses made of geological materials. It also covers the processes and products that form our planet and its rocks. 

Course content

AS -

1. Global tectonics - Earth structure, earthquakes, continental drift, geological structures, sea floor spreading and plate tectonics.
2. Rocks processes and products - The rock cycle, igneous processes and products, sedimentary processes and products, metamorphic processes and products.
3. Practical Skills in Geology.
A2 -
1. Environmental Geology - Water supply, energy resources, metallic mineral deposits, engineering geology.
2. Evolution of Life - Earth and climate, formation of fossils, morphology of fossils and adaptation of organisms to live in different environments, fossil evidence of the evolution of organisms and mass extinctions, dating methods, correlation methods and interpretation of geological maps, changing climate.
3. Practical Skills in Geology.

Entry requirements

  • No previous study of Geology is required
  • A minimum of grade B in Science at GCSE (students choosing other A-level sciences often find this helps their study of Geology).
  • GCSE Geography may be an advantage but is not essential


Four units (two at AS, two at A2) are externally assessed through written examinations.
Two units (one at AS, one at A2) are internally assessed and will assess students' practical skills. 

Future opportunities

Why Geology? 


  • To gain a better understanding of our planet
  • To complement a range of degree courses (e.g. Earth Science, Geology, Geography, Engineering, Town Planning, Surveying, Sciences)


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2016
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