Develop your interest and enthusiasm for Earth science through hands-on geology and field-work. The course is designed to inspire a love of geology by providing a dynamic, contemporary and exciting opportunity for students to engage with the dynamic Earth.

You will study:

  • Development of Practical Skills
  • Minerals and Rocks
  • Fossils and Time
  • Global Tectonics
  • Petrology and Economic Geology
  • Geohazards
  • Basin Analysis

This course is 80% exams and 20% coursework.You will also be required to complete a minimum of 12 assessed practicals.

You will develop confidence in selecting, using and evaluating a range of quantitative and qualitative skills and approaches including: observing, collecting and analysing geo-located field data, and investigating mathematical and problem-solving skills.

You will study in a variety of ways. These will include:

In class activities, worksheets, quizzes, research, practice exam questions, practicals both assessed and not, skills assessment, lab book, extended reading, tests, group work and independent study. We also organise industry visits that are relevant to your subjects and, where possible, subject specific conferences. There will also be field work including a compulsory residential visit.

There are also 12 practicals which have to be completed over the two-year period.

Example Job Roles:

  • Engineering Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Minerals Surveyor

Progress to study degrees in:

  • Geology
  • Energy
  • Mining
  • Geochemistry
  • Palaeontology
  • Planetary Science

This course is 80% exams and 20% coursework.You will also be required to complete a minimum of 12 assessed practicals.

This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year.

During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks.

Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support.

In addition, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 assessed practicals and write up all supporting information in a lab book.

APS of 42* and 5 GCSEs at grades 5/C or above including English and maths, and agrade 6/B or above in science. APS Calculator: The APS (Average Point Score) of 40 = an average of grade C in all GCSE’s taken. BTEC equivalents are not acceptable.

For Admission

Department : A Levels
Level : Level 3
Starts : 09 September, 2019
Duration : 2 Years Full Time
Course Code : ALGLOAP

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