A Level Geology

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Geology A Level
Code GL
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Investigate the processes and changes which have shaped our planet.

In your first year of study, you will investigate how minerals, rocks and fossils were formed in different places and times as well as tectonics. Rocks tell the history of the Earth and are a fascinating subject to study.

There is an opportunity to study in the field in the Lake District, including a visit to a working quarry. In your second year, you will build on the knowledge to investigate the subject to a greater depth, including a field trip to Dorset.

There are many career pathways which lead on from a Geology course. For example, volcanology, civil engineering, environmental engineering, forensic science, mining and the study of ancient environments which helps us to understand climate change.

Students have the support and guidance of well-qualified Geologists and access to a specialist laboratory and a rich collection of rock and fossil samples to analyse.

Studying Geology at A level provides a unique opportunity to take a new and dynamic science subject. This can be taken further at degree level or as a supporting subject for other degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

"Geology has taught me lots about the natural Earth and made me see the world's physical history in new ways. Each topic explores something interesting from teachers clearly passionate about Geology." HOLLY, Geology student.




Component 1

Geological Investigations 

Component 2

Geological Principles and Processes

Questions are based on knowledge and understanding outlined in the following sections:

  • Fundamentals of Geology
  • Elements, minerals and rocks.
  • Surface and internal processes.
  • Time and change.
  • Earth structure and global tectonics

and Interpreting the Geological Record 

  • Rock forming processes.
  • Rock deformation.
  • Past life and past climates.
  • Earth materials and natural resources. 

Component 3 

Geological Applications

Section A: Geohazards.

Section B: Geological map applications.

Section C: Learners answer questions on one option from a choice of three:

  • Quaternary geology.
  • Geological evolution of Britain.
  • Geology of the lithosphere. 

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics AND a Science.

Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies

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