GEOLOGY

LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: EDUQAS
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 97% A*- C IN 2018

Geology is the study of the vast, exciting and unexpected history of our planet. We learn how to use rocks as time machines. With the right knowledge and the right amount of practice we can tell how, when and why deep oceans evaporated to leave nothing but salt, continents collided and mountains the size of Himalayas were built and then eroded to flat. We learn how to identify the tell-tale signs that ancient oceans filled with reptilian monsters once covered much of Somerset. We learn how the evolution of life has changed the climate, how tiny differences in the composition of magma explain why some volcanoes explode with such violence that the planet takes centuries to recover, whilst others dribble out lava without disturbing anyone. We will learn about Geology from the scale of molecules to the scale of the formation of the solar system.

Geology is for anyone with a logical, active and curious mind. We use ideas from the Sciences and Geography along the way so you’ll be better prepared for Geology if you already enjoy those subjects. There are field work visits in the UK and abroad. We go to Spain in the second year to study the spectacular mountain building caused by the collision of North Africa and Europe.

Geology calls on so many skills and ideas that all students can reasonably expect to excel at some part of it. It might very well be true that Geology is all about rocks but it turns out that rocks are all about everything.

Every year about half the students go on to study Geology or related subjects at university. For many, these 2 years at Huish are just the beginning of a life working in a subject they love.

“In Geology you will learn about the formation of the Earth, rocks, minerals, pre-historic life and much more. In this course, there are several day and residential trips, used to enhance your learning and understanding of the topics you will be learning in class. I recommend this course to anyone interested in Earth Science and the history of our planet.”

Geology A Level Student

Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics and English Language.

What subjects does Geology go with?

There are many useful combinations including Environmental Science, Geography, Physics, Maths, Biology and Applied Science.

Do I need to buy any special equipment?

No, we will provide all the equipment you need for fieldwork but the better your outdoor clothing is the warmer you’ll be on field trips!

What are the lessons like?

They vary a lot. Sometimes we do written work, sometimes we do a bit of Maths, sometimes we spend the whole lesson drawing rocks, working out what maps tell us or identifying fossils. Geology is probably more varied than any other subject you have experienced.