Geology

Overview

We live in a consumer society and the demand for resources that surrounds us in our everyday lives has never been higher and it is very often geologists, finding and extracting these resources, who are at the start of this consumer ‘food chain’.

What we’ll study

Geology is the study of the Earth: its structure; how it has evolved; what drives important processes such as plate tectonics?

Geology investigates how these factors affect society. How can structures be engineered to withstand geodynamic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis? How can we use monitoring to predict when volcanoes erupt? Where do vital resources such as water, oil and minerals come from? How can we mitigate the impact of sudden climate change?

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it and all of this will be covered in the WJEC/EDUCAS Geology A Level.

Over the two year course we’ll cover:

Foundation Geology

Investigative Skills

Geology and the Human Environment

Interpreting the Geological Record

two of the following topics: Quaternary Geology, The Lithosphere, Natural Resources, The Geologic Evolution of Britain

Geological Investigations.

Your future

The transferrable skills gained in Geology are much valued by universities, with successful students welcomed onto degrees in both the sciences and humanities. Geology it is also an excellent companion subject for degrees in Geography, the Environmental Sciences and Civil Engineering.

Geology graduates have great earning potential and can go into a number of exciting careers, such as the mineral and oil exploration industries, geotechnical, civil and environmental engineering, environmental science, and hazard forecasting.

How you’ll be assessed

There will be three written papers. There is no coursework, although there is a minimum, compulsory four days fieldwork.

Factfile

Level: A Level

Geology is a fascinating subject with a wealth of career and further study options. The transferable skills gained in studying geology are much valued by universities, with successful students welcomed onto degrees in both the sciences and humanities subject areas. Geology is also an excellent companion subject for degrees in Geography, Environmental Sciences and Civil Engineering.

Entry Requirements:

General College entry requirements.

You do not need Geology GCSE to study Geology A Level. Entry requirements are slightly lower than those for pure science subjects. We seek: Grade 4.4 or above in Combined Science. Grade 4 in GCSE Maths. Geography GCSE is also useful, though not essential.

If you want to discuss your potential to succeed on this course, please do get in touch.

Contact: Mrs O Greenhalgh

Email: osg@holycross.ac.uk

Twitter:@GeologyCross

For more information contact

Name: Ms. O. Greenhalgh
Email: osg@holycross.ac.uk
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