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A Level Geology at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

Unit 1
The structure of the Earth, earthquakes, drifting continents, sea-floor spreading and plate tectonics, geological structures, folds, faults, etc.

Unit 2
The rock cycle, study of major rock types and the processes that produce them, e.g. volcanic and igneous activity to produce igneous rocks.

Unit 3
This unit develops investigative skills within contexts encountered during AS Geology

Unit 4
This unit covers the environmental and economic aspects of geology including water supply, energy and metal resources and engineering project geology, e.g. dams.

Unit 5
The formation of fossils, and adaptation of organisms to environments.  Fossil evidence for mass extinctions and climate change.  Methods of dating rocks and geological events.

Unit 6
This unit develops investigative skills within contexts encountered during AS and A2 Geology.

Future opportunities

Previous knowledge not essential but a good science background is desirable. An interest in your environment is essential. Geology combines well with most subjects especially sciences and geography. It counts as a science for UCAS applications and has skills useful in a range of careers e.g. Earth and Environmental Sciences and others not related to these. Fieldwork IS an ESSENTIAL part of this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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