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Geology at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

How do we know where to find oil? Can we predict and manage hazards such as volcanoes and earthquakes? How has the Earth changed since the time of the dinosaurs? Why did the dinosaurs become extinct? A Level Geology will provide answers to these questions, and many more about minerals, rocks, fossils and time. Geologists use aspects of other scientific subjects such as Geography, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics to study the Earth, its history and processes.

Course content

Introduction to Geology
• Elements, minerals and rocks
• Geological processes and the rock cycle
• Geological time
• Earth structure and global plate tectonics

Interpreting the Geological Record
• Rock forming processes (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks)
• Rock deformation
• Past life (palaeontology) and climates
• Earth materials and natural resources (coal, oil, gas, water, minerals, metals)

Geological themes
• Geohazards (volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides and engineering geology)
• Geological maps
• Quaternary Geology (the last 2 million years of Earth history)

Entry requirements

Standard 3 A level Programme:

The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme:

Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least five grade 7s or A/A* grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

A minimum grade 6 (B) in Maths and a grade 6 (B) in a single science or grade 5-6 in Combined Science is required. Standard A level entry requirements also apply.

Assessment

Examination (100%)
No coursework but there are compulsory practical assessments
Examining Board – Eduqas

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Solihull directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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