Geology – A Level

This course encourages fieldwork, lab work and a hands-on approach to learning this new subject.

Geology is the branch of science concerned with the structure, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and with the exploitation of the mineral and energy resources that it contains in a sustainable way. Geology examines hazards, resources, plate tectonics, past life and extinctions and map and field skills. Geology applies physical, chemical and biological principles to the investigation of the Earth, but also involves a distinctive scientific methodology, invoking internal and external Earth processes to explain the evolution of the planet through geological time.

Do you have an interest in the Earth as a whole and geological history? Unlike most sciences, Geology requires outdoor study to be fully understood. A number of local and regional field visits are offered, from Whitby, High Force and Cauldron Snout to Ingleton Waterfalls to name a few. The first year of the course introduces the key ideas of the subject including earthquakes and volcanoes, minerals and rocks and the Earth’s structure. The second year is more specific, studying fossils, evolution, climate change and environmental geology (bridges, dams, oil and gas etc.).

Many of our A Level Geology students have progressed to top universities to study geology, climatology, civil engineering, medicine, accountancy, logistics, energy generation and renewables – the list goes on and on!