Geology

Why should I study this subject?
Geology, the science of the earth, is an interesting and challenging subject that helps understand the physical world in which we live. The subject covers a range of geological processes that operate at, or below, the earth’s surface.

The Year 12 course covers three main areas of Geology and is ideal for a one-year course. It is suitable if you are looking for a broad base in science at A-Level and supports subjects such as Geography – the ideas extend beyond GCSE Science and are complementary to A-Level Geography.

What will I study ?
Year 12 Units

GL1: Foundation Geology

  • Matter
  • Energy
  • Time and change

This represents 35% of the total Year 12 Level.

GL2a: Investigative Geology

  • Rocks
  • Minerals
  • Fossils
  • Geological structures
  • Geological map work

This represents 30% of the total Year 12 Level marks.

GL3: Human environment

  • Earthquake hazards
  • Volcanic hazards
  • Tsunami hazards
  • Mass movement hazards
  • Waste disposal hazards
  • Groundwater hazards
  • Mining hazards
  • Engineering geology

This represents 35% of the total Year 12 Level marks.

Year 13 Units

GL4: Interpreting the geological record

  • Rock forming processes
  • Rock deformation
  • Past life and past climates
  • Geological map interpretation

This represents 35% of the total Year 13 Level.

GL5: Geological Themes

  • Geology of the lithosphere
  • Geological evolution of Britain

This represents 35% of the total Year 13 Level.

GL6: Geological Investigation

Two pieces of coursework need to be submitted.

This represents 30% of the total Year 13 Level.

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What is the exam board?
WJEC