Geology A Level

Board: Eduqas – Syllabus:  A Level

About the subject

Geology covers work done for Geography and Science at GCSE. Topics include earthquakes, hazards, volcanoes, glaciations, hydrology and river systems.  The course contains work that will help with Geography and Environmental Science.

In the first year, topics include minerals and rocks, earth structure, global tectonics, sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, and the evolution of the life and the Earth. There will be two days of fieldwork. In the second year, earth resources, structural geology and the geology of the lithosphere are the key topics and an additional two days of fieldwork. There is a lot of hands on practical work involved. Students may have the opportunity to visit Iceland, and various local field trips are arranged. Students should have an interest in the natural world especially the physical aspects of the planet.

A key aspect of the course is that students learn new study skills.  Teaching will include a variety of styles that at first will seem strange and difficult to relate to. Independent learning using research on the internet plays a key part in the learning process.

 

Learning styles

Lessons will vary from GCSE learning. Exam questions will be set every week. Research assignments are set monthly. Students must learn time management skills.

Practical work will run every week, this involves studying rocks and minerals. Practical notes, annotated drawings and photographs will enable students build up a detailed record of all the specimens they have studied.

GCSE Maths concepts will be used to a basic level.

Subject Combinations and Progression

Good combinations would be Geography, Environmental Studies, Physics and Biology.  If students are intending to follow a career in Geology they should study 2 science courses.

Subject Modules and Assessment

There are three written exams all taken in June. These are Geological Investigations, Geological Principles and Processes, and Geological Applications

Entry requirements

GCSE Core and Additional Science grade 5 preferred with 5 in GCSE Maths preferred.