Geology A Level
|Mode of study||Academic A Level|
|Campus||Welsh Bridge Campus|
|Start date||5 September 2022|
|Course code||GEL-AL (2224)|
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Maths and either Chemistry or Physics or grade 4:4 or above in Combined Science. There is no requirement to have studied Geology at GCSE, but you should have an interest in science, the natural world, the Earth, and enjoy practical and outdoor work.
What does the course involve?
Geology is the study of the Earth: how it works, its 4.5 billion year history, as well as where it is heading in the future. Geologists are interested in why something happens – like geohazards such as tsunamis and sinkholes as well as what happens to the Earth. At SCG, we offer you the opportunity to take an in-depth look at this fascinating subject guided by experienced and skilled teachers in a supportive environment.
Geologists study some of society’s most important problems, such as energy, water and mineral resources, as well as natural hazards like landslides, volcanoes, earthquakes and floods. Our course also covers big themes such as dinosaurs and planets and topical issues like fracking and climate change.
The course is designed to reflect the role of geologists in the contemporary world and there is an emphasis on developing skills and applying ideas. It involves a good deal of practical work including field trips.
How is the course assessed?
Practical Endorsement in Geology – a non-exam assessment that involves carrying out 12 different practical investigations.
Many students progress to degrees including geology, science, and maths, leading to careers in hydrogeology, civil engineering, water, oil & gas, mineral companies, mineral extraction, environmental management, constructional engineering, hydrology, and town planning. Some of the career options that geology can offer involve travelling the world.
There will be at least four days of fieldwork, some of which will be local but with the possibility of a residential trip that may be abroad.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional two or three subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative vocational programme of study via a separate application. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Level Geology (Biology and Chemistry)
Previous school: Haberdashers' Adams School
Geology is an interesting and captivating subject in all areas, I am especially interested in tectonics. You get to go on some great field trips like Blencathra in the Lake District. The enthusiasm of the teacher is infectious. I am hoping to go into the Navy once I have finished college.
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