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Geology AS Level at Saffron Walden County High School

Course description

Geology is the ‘earth science’. It is an accessible, practical and exciting science that
involves the study of the Earth – its structure, the processes that form rocks, the
role of plate tectonics in creating earthquakes and volcanoes, and how fossils
show how life has evolved on Earth. The course will develop the scientific
knowledge and practical skills required to understand the different areas of
geology and how they relate to each other, including ‘real world’ applications such
as civil engineering, engineering geology, hydrogeology, mining geology and
petroleum geology.

Course content

Course content
The new A-Level includes the following components:
• Development of practical skills in geology, including laboratory and fieldwork investigations
• Minerals and rocks
• Fossils and time
• The structure of the Earth
• Plate tectonics, geological structures and geohazards
• Mining geology
• Engineering geology
• Geology of the British Isles

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 in Geography or 5 in a Science subject


The full A-Level course is assessed at the end of Year 13 by three synoptic examinations,
totalling 6 hours. These include a range of question types, such as multiple choice, short
answer and extended response answers. The AS course is examined by two examinations at
the end of Year 12.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saffron Walden County High School directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years