The course content on the A-Level Geology includes: geohazards; surface and internal processes of the rock cycle; Earth structure and plate tectonics; rock forming processes; past life and past climates; natural resources and geological maps.
These are taught through a variety of theory sessions, practical activities and multimedia resources. Classes are complemented by compulsory fieldwork; undertaken within the Lake District National Park. This region provides world-class examples of volcanic rocks produced during an eruption larger than anything humans have ever witnessed. The field work locations will be used to investigate what the formations reveal about the history of the area, and what they tell us about environmental change.
This A-Level course allows students to develop key intellectual skills such as literacy, numeracy, critical evaluation and informed decision making. The course integrates a variety of data sources such as Geographical Information Services (GIS) and field data, therefore allowing students to develop a broad range of research skills. Furthermore, the course will allow students to develop their team working, problem solving and communication skills. In sum, these skills mean that students are empowered to make informed decisions both academically and in the wider world.
The course is assessed by three exams at the end of the A-Level course which test a student's ability to demonstrate and understand geological skills and techniques, as well as analysing ideas and geological data. Additionally, students are required to demonstrate competence with field skills and techniques (such as geological mapping); this is assessed through the duration of the course.
The course tutor has taught Geography and Geology at University, College and Secondary school. Additionally, he has research and industry experience, having worked in academia and with the oil and gas industry for several years.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above which must include Maths
GCSE English Language at Grade 6
This subject would suit independent students with a background in science and/or maths, as well as a curiosity for the natural world and environment. The course requires students to apply a broad range of academic skills (e.g. extended writing, statistics and field work).
After Your Course
Geologists are highly employable, and their scientific skills are transferable across a range of disciplines. Students with an A-Level in Geology continue into a diversity of careers including (but certainly not limited to) mining, civil and structural engineering, oil and gas exploration and exploitation, groundwater management and natural hazard management.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.