Geology (A Level)

Why do earthquakes occur where they do? What shapes the landscape? How did dinosaurs become extinct? If you’re intrigued by the Earth’s structure, composition and development over time and enjoy learning in a hands-on environment, then Geology is the subject for you.

Building an understanding of how the Earth works and how essential mineral resources are created, begins with the big picture – Plate Tectonics and the resulting volcanism and earthquakes. We study how oil and gas are formed and where metallic minerals and water are likely to be found. Geologists are paid to find these increasingly valuable energy sources and minerals. Fieldwork is important in developing your skills and understanding and there are many specimens in College to ensure a ‘hands on’ experience during class work. This course combines particularly well with Geography and other sciences.

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study
  • The Solar System
  • Climate Change
  • Plate tectonics
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanism
  • Oil and Gas Exploitation
  • Mining for metallic ores
  • Dam failures
  • Trilobites
  • Sea level changes
Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

Many students end up hooked and go for a degree in Earth Sciences. Geology and Physics together makes you a Geophysicist and much in demand by oil companies. Geologists are needed, not just for oil and gas and metals. They are needed to find the groundwater without which the world starves. Engineering Geologists make sure that major structures don’t collapse – don’t put that nuclear power station over an active fault!

Geology A Level is good value in getting into university, it is regarded as an accepted science and a useful addition to any science career.

Assessment:                           Awarding Body:

Exams – 100%                                            OCR

Results 2016: 100%
Key Features:
  • Geology provides an ideal base for employment, a range of vocational qualifications and a very wide variety of higher education courses.
  • By studying this course you will use the science skills you have already gained to understand the mechanisms that shape our planet and provide our resources.
  • This Geology course gives you an appreciation of the finite nature of the Earth’s resources.
  • Geology is an enjoyable ‘hands on’ subject with plenty of opportunity for field work.
Stoke6th Graduate Attributes
How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

Success in Geology A level means that you are able to solve problems, even when it’s raining. You are able to use knowledge from all the sciences, your analytical skills will be second to none and you will be used to dealing with new problems – the natural sciences seem to have more exceptions than rules – all these qualities are valued at work and university. Residential field work will have got you used to living responsibly and working as a team.

What our students say…

“I have felt supported all year but the field trips were really enjoyable and gave me a better understanding of what’s been taught in the lessons.”