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.


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What are lessons like in this subject?

In Geology, lessons are practical and engaging. We use hand specimens, lab equipment, and a range of academic materials to investigate Geological processes and identify different lithologies. There are four days of required fieldwork where students conduct data collection tasks and required practicals, visiting the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and National Coal Mining Museum.

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Choosing geology can not only be a good pair with subjects such as geography and science but helped me understand the physical world at a greater detail. We are able to go hands on with real specimens we study and have access to fun field trips.

Jade Yu, Garforth Academy

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