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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus Welsh Bridge Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code GEL-AL (2022)
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Maths and grade 4 or above in Chemistry or Physics or 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 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. There is a big emphasis on developing skills and applying ideas. The course involves a good deal of practical work including field trips.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Practical assessments throughout the course and three exams at the end of the second year (one assessing practical skills).

  • Additional Notes

    Each year many of our students go on to study Geology at university leading to careers in hydro-geology, civil engineering, water, oil, gas, and mineral companies plus environmental management positions. Other areas include working in constructional engineering, mineral extraction, hydrology and town planning and can involve travelling the world.

  • Further Information

    There will be at least four days of fieldwork, some of which will be local but with the possibility of a residential trip which may be abroad.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. 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:

Bob Huntington

Bob Huntington

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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