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Geology A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is Geology?

Geology is the study of the Earth and the mechanisms by which the physical structure, environment and habitats come into being and change over time. You will study the two topics, learning the principles of Geology through the study of Physical Geography, Chemistry and Physics.

Why study Geology?

The study of Geology is an ideal qualification for those who have an interest in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry and Geography. It forms the ideal platform for students wishing to study these and related subjects at a higher level.

Course content

AS Modules

Unit 1 – Global Tectonics
How earthquakes and volcanoes shape the world and how we know this.

Unit 2 – Rocks
The formation of different types of rock and how this tells us about the formation of the Earth.

A2 Modules

Unit 3 – Evolution of Life
How the Earth changed to accommodate life and how animals from trilobites to dinosaurs have adapted to it.

Unit 4 – Environmental Geology
Where to look for precious minerals and how to extract them successfully.

Entry requirements

You must have attained a Grade C or above in Geography and / or Science as well as Mathematics and English as written reports need to be produced.

Future opportunities

Geology is a particularly good choice for those wanting to pursue a career in Mining, Oil Exploration, Geophysics or related Environmental Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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