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Geology at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Course description

In your first year you will study units entitled Global Tectonics and Rocks – Processes and Products, whereas the second year introduces Evolution of Life, Earth and Climate along with Environmental Geology. Classroom learning is augmented by local field courses and there will also be an opportunity to take part in an overseas field trip. Recent locations have included Iceland, Naples and Tenerife, all providing a wide range of easily interpreted igneous rocks and landforms that is difficult to find in the UK.

Course content

How will you learn?

You will learn a lot of scientific facts and apply them to the data supplied in both classroom and field situations. Geology is a practical and visual subject area with extensive use of maps, diagrams and photographs linked to field experience and familiarity with sample material. A textbook specially developed for this course is supplemented by extensive additional material available on the school intranet.

Entry requirements

No additional academic requirements. Geology is a science option with a course structure similar to the other three science subjects. Students may have studied Geography at GCSE level but a sound performance in all GCSE science subjects (grade B or above) would be equally useful.


Examination Board: OCR

What exams and coursework are involved?

AS – two exams – Global Tectonics 1hr (30% of marks); Rocks 1hr45m (50% of marks) plus 2 pieces of coursework (20% of marks).

A2 – two exams – Environmental Geology 1hr (30% of marks); Evolution 1hr45m (50% of marks) plus 2 pieces of coursework (20% of marks).

The coursework element will, in part, be based on fieldwork.

Future opportunities

We firmly believe that Geologists hold the key to the future of both mankind and the planet on which we live. The constant search for new resources now extends far beyond fossil fuels and precious metals – indeed, the most precious of all resources in the future is likely to be fresh water. Universities offer a wide range of Geology courses with opportunities to specialise in Geophysics, Oceanography, Mining Technology, Environmental Geology, Pollution Control and Hydrography. Competition for these places is keen but you will be applying with a qualification in Geology at A level that will give you a significant advantage over those applying from other scientific backgrounds. Opportunities for employment are wide ranging with the water and construction industries offering jobs in both field and laboratory based research whilst the oil and mining companies continue to be major players.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wilts Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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