Geology A Level

Sixth Form

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Full Time - September 2017

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6SAS111211

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Course introduction

Are the Earth’s most dramatic natural events like volcano eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis things that particularly interest you? If so, Geology is definitely your subject.

Geologists explore how the Earth works and what has happened in the long history of our planet. From this information they can predict the changes that might happen in the future.

The dynamic nature of this scientific discipline, with hands-on work in the field and the laboratory, particularly appeals to practical people. Indeed, you will have many opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills through trips and experimentation.

Why choose Brock for Geology A Level?

At Brock we are the only institution of further education in our local area that offers Geology at A Level. Furthermore, the subject is taught by a Fellow of the Geological Society.

As a student you will also benefit from our links with Geology departments at Russell Group universities, giving you access to the most recent research findings.

In addition, you will have access to resources and data from the Geological Society of London and the British Geological survey, which means that you will study using the most up-to-date information.

Teaching & learning

Teaching involves examining rock and fossil specimens, scientific experiments and demonstrations. Photos and presentations will also help unlock key ideas about rock formations and processes.

You will work both in groups and individually to produce assignments and research documents. Recent news articles and documentaries will aid discussion, as will journals and scientific papers.

Field visits within the UK and abroad will provide important opportunities to test and refine the skills you have learned in the classroom.

Professional geologists, including the highly respected geologist Professor Ian Stewart, often visit the College to give talks.

Course structure

  • Gain a wealth of knowledge about earth structure, earthquakes, plate tectonics and geological structures.
  • Discover what the earth is made from - rocks and minerals: including igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
  • Develop fundamental practical skills to support laboratory experiments and geological fieldwork in the UK and overseas.
  • Learn about real life geology contexts: Geohazards and petroleum geology and how fossils can tell us the story of life on earth.
  • Analyse engineering and environmental geology by looking at buildings in earthquake zones and challenges of construction on unstable landslide zones.
  • Understand how the challenges facing us in the 21st century such as water supply and energy resources can be helped with expertise from earth scientists. 

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

  • Maths grade C (4)
  • English language grade C (4)
  • Science at least one grade B

In addition, a general interest in Geology and the history of how the Earth has evolved is essential.

Information & support

We recommend that you purchase the Geology course OCR textbook in order to aid your independent study.

You will need to contribute to travel and accommodation expenses for fieldtrips.

What can I do with this qualification?

This course can open doors to Geology degrees and ultimately a career in geology - the latter being a well-paid vocation with many opportunities to travel. In fact, due to a worldwide shortage of geologists you can expect reasonably good employment prospects following higher education.

Environmental engineering and geological surveying are among the roles to which Geology graduates are particularly suited. Employment opportunities can range from the groundwater industry and the construction industry, to the oil, gas and petroleum industry.

Former students have gone on to work for organisations such as BP and the British Geological Survey.

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  • Taking part in opportunities provided by the College such as advancing my skills with a step maths course, and taking part in trips such as visiting CERN with my Physics class, really helped me to develop my interests and provided me with extra knowledge.

    George Downing

  • 98.5%

    Overall A Level pass rate

    45%

    Of students gained A*-B grades

    75%

    Of students gained A*-C grades