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Geology GCSE at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

Geology GCSE is a rigorous fast track course aimed at students who want to understand the environment which they see around them and who are prepared to study a new subject at a fast pace and engage in some additional independent work. It offers unique insights into the history of the planet using the principle ‘the present is the key to the past’ and provides understanding of management of resources now and in the future.

It allies comfortably with other sciences and is very well received by all universities. Study in the field is an important element of the course and includes three essential fieldtrips over the two years, to local quarries, to Bradgate Park in Leicestershire and to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. The last one will form the basis of the controlled assessment.

Course content

The following topics will be covered during the course:

 Rocks: Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, The rock cycle, Weathering and erosion, Geological structures, Geomorphology

 Plate tectonics and earth hazards

 The origin and development of life

 Climate change

 Economic geology

Entry requirements

At least grade B in each science GCSE or BB in Science and Additional Science


There are two final assessments:

1. An on-screen non-tiered written paper consisting of compulsory structured data and stimulus response questions.

2. A controlled internal assessment, worth 25% of the overall GCSE and involving a directed investigation of an actual location presented as field notes and a written report.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year