Geology is the scientific study of the Earth and its history. The science provides crucial information on the nature of the Earth and processes from the core to the surface. Earth Science is central to our understanding of the environment and to our attempts to provide many of the raw materials needed for survival.

The course is a suitable choice if you are looking for a broad base in science and also supports subjects such as Geography and Mathematics.

No previous knowledge of Geology is required. The skills you require to be successful on the course are not subject specific. The most important thing we are looking for is a student who is keen, enthusiastic and committed. A Grade C in Science at GCSE is desirable but not essential. You will be expected to be able to work independently and as part of a team.

AS Units:

Global Tectonics
Rocks – Processes and Products
Practical Skills in Geology 1

A2 Units:

Environmental Geology
Evolution of Life, Earth & Climate
Practical Skills in Geology 2


Four units are externally assessed through written examinations. Two units are internally assessed and will assess students’ practical skills.


Trips to various geological sites will be possible. Optional field visits take place to Hawaii and San Francisco (February half term). These trips take place in alternate years.

For further details please contact Mr Starr