Subject Intent: Why Geology?

Geology is the science of the Earth. Thinking like a Geologist involves applying knowledge to new and novel situations; students learn how to problem solve and interpret data to come to a suitable conclusion about the geological environment, both in the classroom and out in the field. These are valuable skills for future employability in a wide range of careers.

What will I study?

There are three key themes:
  • Fundamentals of Geology: elements, minerals and rocks; surface and internal processes (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and processes); time and change; earth structure and global tectonics
  • Interpreting the geological record: rock forming processes; rock deformation; past life and climates; Earth materials and natural resources
  • Geological themes: geohazards; map applications; quaternary Geology.
There are three exams: Component 1: Geological investigations 2hrs 15mins (35% overall) Component 2: Geological principles and processes 1hr 45mins (30% overall) Component 3: Geological applications 2hrs (35% overall)


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What are lessons like in this subject?

n Geology, we examine specimens to study the natural formations found in the field. Our practical endorsement component, is a great way to get ‘hands on’ and learn more in the processes. There are a minimum of 20 practical activities to develop geological scientific skills over the two year course, some of which are completed in the field in places such as Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.

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