A Level Geology
A Level Geology is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to study a range of topics such as Plate Tectonics, Rock Processes and Products and Environmental Geology. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto a range of degree courses including: Geology, Geography, Environmental Science, Geophysics and Geochemistry.
- Course Information
Geology is an exciting subject with appeal to Physical Geography and Science-based students. On average, only medical and dentistry graduates earn more than geologists and students go on to study subjects such as Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geophysics and Geochemistry.
The course outlines the history, evolution, practicality and beauty of our planet. It will give you the opportunity to take part in enjoyable and relevant fieldwork as you are taught by experienced teaching staff in a friendly and supportive environment.
Due to A level Geology’s scientific nature, we advise that you take at least one other science subject as part of your study programme.
You will study the following topics over the course of two years:
- plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes
- rock processes and products
- environmental, economic and
- engineering geology
- the evolution of life, oceans and the atmosphere
- Entry Requirements
For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.
*Please note that A Level English requires a Level 6 in GCSE English
*Please note that A Level Maths requires a Level 6 in GCSE Maths
*Please note that A Level Sciences require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths and Science
- How will I be assessed?
Written examination 80%, coursework and practical work 20%.
- Progression Pathway
Students go on to study subjects such as Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geophysics and Geochemistry. Other degrees such as Civil Engineering, Oceanography and Archaeology also have a geological component. Careers in mineral exploration and mining, hydrology, hazard prediction and management, metallurgy and industrial chemistry, mapping and surveying, engineering and the energy industry are open to geologists.
On average, only medical and dentistry graduates earn more than geologists.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.