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Geology at Hagley Catholic High School

Course description

Geology is the scientific study of the origin, history and structure of the earth. It is a fascinating subject and many people initially opt for Geology because they want to find out more about earthquakes, volcanoes, fossils, energy resources or climate change and then go on to discover many other intriguing aspects of the subject. A-level Geology doesn’t just provide a good scientific background, but also an understanding of Earth itself as well as a route into a relevant, interesting and well paid career with the chance for global travel.

Course content

Awarding body: WJEC Specification: 2211/01 & 3211/01. AS Y12 Foundation Geology (1 hr paper). AS Y12 Investigative Geology (1 hr paper). AS Y12 Geology and the Human Environment (1 hr paper). A2 Y13 Interpreting the Geological Record (2 hr paper). A2 Y13 Geological Themes (2 hr paper). A2 Y13 Geological Investigations Internally assessed fieldwork and laboratory-based coursework (50% each)

Entry requirements

A grade B in Maths and Science GCSE is desirable. You do not need to have studied Geology before. 


This course’s wide variety of topics keeps it interesting along with the regular use of lectures, labwork and fieldwork. Geology can only be fully appreciated in the field and we are fortunate in being situated close to several classic geological localities. There are many visits throughout the course, the main (residential) field trip being to the beaches of South Wales, a great experience for the group which provides important mapping and geological skills. We also attend relevant lectures and workshops at universities, museums and the British Geological Survey, as well as hosting several regular visiting speakers from industry and academia each year.

Future opportunities

Results have been consistently excellent with a 100% pass rate at AS and A2 since the course began in 2007.  Over this period, 88% of all our A2 students have achieved A*-B grades, with 63% gaining an A* or A grade.  Similarly, 76% of all our AS students have achieved A-B grades.

Combines well with

Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Geography.

Further information

Geology is excellently resourced with hundreds of fossil, rock and mineral specimens as well as microscopes, modern textbooks, study guides and geological maps. Geology is taught by a qualified Geologist with a PhD in Palaeontology and many years’ experience in industry, academia and museums.

Very few centres offer Geology, so you are one of the lucky minority of students who have the opportunity to study it, plus you get to go on lots of field trips!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hagley Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 years

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