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Geology A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description


Unit 1: Foundation Geology
This deals with the structure of the Earth, the energy within it, the resulting geological processes and the time scale and dating of the geological record.
Assessment: Examination

Unit 2: Investigative Geology
Students use geological maps and specimens to solve problems. They take part in a two-day residential fieldwork project in February of Year 12 to investigate the geology of the Ingleton area. This also incorporates a visit to a commercial cave and quarry.
Assessment: Practical examination

Unit 3: Geology and the Human Environment
The relevance of Geology to human lives is considered, including the study of natural hazards and the management of waste. Provision of clean water and the importance of Geology in Civil Engineering are also looked at.
Assessment: Examination


Unit 4: Interpreting the Geological Record
In this unit, rock forming and deformation processes are looked at. Students study the evidence of global climate change in the fossil record and geological maps are interpreted.
Assessment: Examination

Unit 5: Geological Themes
Two themes are studied in this unit. In Quaternary Geology, students look at the most recent geological period in terms of environmental and climatic change in Britain. In Geology of the Lithosphere, students study the structure of and processes taking place in the outermost shell of the Earth.
Assessment: Examination

Unit 6: Internally Assessed Geological Investigations
Based on residential fieldwork and laboratory work. The fieldwork is a four-day residential in Northumberland held in July of Year 12.

Entry requirements

Students need to have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Sciences. The study of GCSE Geography is desirable but not essential.

Future opportunities

Geology brings together aspects of Science and Geography in a unique combination to help you interpret the natural processes of the past billion years using the clues that are available in the present. It is a very practical subject that can readily be applied to your environment. Geology complements a wide range of subjects but links particularly well with Geography and the Sciences. It provides an opening to a wide range of careers, for example surveying, civil engineering, water engineering, mining and waste management. Many geologists have the opportunity to travel widely with their career.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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