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A-Level Geology

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

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, comtemporary and exciting opportunity for students to engage with the dynamic Earth.


What Does The Programme Include

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.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirements for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level subject has it own additional entry requirements, please see below:

Grade 6/​B or above in Science.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieveing well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

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.

Potential Future Career

Example Job Roles:

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

Progress to study degrees in:

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

Course Content

You will study the following units:

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


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