This page will be updated with more specification details in September 2017.

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 support 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 someone who is keen, enthusiastic and committed. 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.


  • The examinations in Geology are all synoptic, meaning that they cover all the content of the course.
  • A total of 6 hours of examinations (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) taken at the end of the course.
  • A wide range of question types which include multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.


There is a compulsory field trip to the Lake District in Year 12 where you are taught field techniques, measuring and observing. The field course also acts as a vital revision tool for the summer exams.

For further details, please contact Mr Starr.

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.