A Level Geology

Summary

You will be interested in how rocks are formed and identified, the fossil records they contain and their importance in civil engineering.
Students often progress to degree courses in geology or related disciplines. Past students work professionally as geologists in areas such as oil and mineral exploration.
You will learn about the composition of the Earth’s crust, mantle and core, earthquakes, continental drift and plate tectonics. You’ll also study the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and learn how to identify rocks and minerals. Later on you’ll study environmental geology and explore the evolution of life, undertaking a detailed study of the major groups of invertebrate fossils, evolution and extinction, ecology and the use of fossils in dating.
As well as classroom study, fieldwork and the development of practical skills is essential to geology and you will have numerous opportunities to visit locations within Cumbria, one of the classical areas of British geology. Later on, you will have the option to visit an internationally renowned geological location; in recent years this has been Iceland.

Entry Requirements

To study geology at this level you must meet the general entry requirements. If you intend to study geology at university, you should also choose at least one of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology.

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