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Geology AS and A Level at York College

Course description

Geology is all about understanding the way our planet works by unravelling its history, and through this understanding how we may be able to predict the occurrence of major disasters and the likely effects of climate change. The course is divided into three units in the first and second years; in addition, there is also a unit on practical skills that runs through both years. The units cover a variety of geological topics:

Year 1
• Foundations of Geology
• Global Tectonics
• Interpreting the Past

Year 2
• Petrology and Economic Geology
• Geohazards
• Basin Analysis

Development of Practical Skills in Geology (runs through both years)

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE; including GCSE English Language (grade 4), Maths (grade 4) and Science.


The A Level will be assessed by 3 exams (Fundamentals of Geology; Scientific Literacy in Geology – both 2 hours 15 minutes each; Practical Skills in Geology – 1 hour 30 minutes). In additional, practical activities will be carried out and records kept.

Future opportunities

As Geology is at the heart of maintaining the quality of human life and is a multi-skilled subject, many graduates find work in environment-based public service, planning, engineering, mining and quarrying, the oil and gas industries, conservation, and heritage. It is also quite common for graduates with a general Geology or Environment-based degree to specialise in one aspect through higher study, i.e. an MSc or PhD, either full-time or part-time whilst employed and sponsored through industry. Past students have gone on to study Geology or Physical Geography and into careers in the petrochemical industry.

Further information

Geology works well with both Sciences and Humanities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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