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Qualification name GCE A Level in Geology
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation WJEC (Formerly Welsh Joint Education Committee)
Learning method Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 4th September 2024
Cost description Usual concessions and support available. More information is available on the college website.
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

Geology is the study of Earth, its structures, evolution and dynamics. If you’ve ever wondered how Earth was formed, why dinosaurs didn’t survive, if a supervolcano could erupt or whether fracking should be allowed then A Level Geology is for you.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above. A minimum grade 5 in Mathematics, English Language and a Science is also required.

View the key features of this course.

A Level Geology covers a comprehensive study of the whole Earth. You will take part in a residential trip as well as day trips to locations along the south coast including Lulworth Cove, Isle of Wight, Bracklesham Bay, local chalk pits and Kimmeridge Bay. You will also be able to join an optional expedition to Iceland in the second year of your course. There is a dedicated Geology lab with excellent facilities including a learning zone that includes key terminology support, extension art

Understand how the course will be delivered.

This is an investigative earth science course which includes a number of fieldtrips. The practical endorsement will advance your practical skills in well-equipped laboratories. You will learn through a variety of activities, including lectures, practical investigations, group work, listening, answering questions, both verbal and written, discussions and presentations. You will also take part in a residential trip as well as day trips to locations along the south coast including Lulworth cove,

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

You will complete three written examinations and a practical endorsement. Written exams include: - Component 1: Geological Investigation (2 hr 15 mins worth 35%) - Component 2: Geological Principles and Processes (1 hr 45 mins worth 30%) - Component 3: Geological Applications (2 hr worth 35%)

You may progress onto Higher Education courses and employment in mining and exploration, oil and water companies, engineering, volcanology or hazard management.

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Name HSDC: Havant Campus
Address New Road
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Phone 023 9248 3856
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