Geology

The WJEC-Eduqas A Level in Geology is a linear course with a final exam at the end of two years. It provides a comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and understanding required for a study of the Earth, its structures, evolution and dynamics as preparation for further study at university or for its own enjoyment. Practical work within the specification is one of the attractions of Geology and a minimum of 4 days is spent on compulsory fieldwork. This includes a compulsory residential trip. (Bursary students may be given assistance towards costs).

  • Course Outline
    • The core aspects of this course introduce eight geological concepts:

      • Elements, minerals and rocks
      • Surface and internal processes of the rock cycle
      • Time and change
      • Earth structure and global tectonics
      • Rock forming processes
      • Rock deformation
      • Past life and past climates
      • Earth materials and natural resources

      There are three themes which integrate and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the core aspects. These are two compulsory themes:

      • Geohazards
      • Geological map applications

      and a choice of one from the following:

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

      As with the other sciences, the assessment of practical competency is by a non-examined Practical Endorsement.

  • Career opportunities and further study
    • Possible career routes include:-

      • Oil and mineral Industries
      • Mining
      • Engineering
      • Water Industry
      • Education
  • Trips and Events
    • This course requires a compulsory residential trip to Lochranza (Isle of Arran). For more information about this trip please see the Trips and Travel page

      Other trips may include:-

      • Iceland
      • Alderley Edge/Styal
      • Castleton
      • Anglesey
      • Attendance at local geological lectures
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Entry Requirements 2021

You can download provisional entry requirements for courses that start in 2021 below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

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