Why choose Geology?

Discover past environments and their impact on Britain's present environment and economic resources.

There is a great variety of rock types in Britain, which helps explain the remarkable variety of landscapes and it is impossible to travel very far without crossing a geological boundary. Evidence of how the Earth (and Britain) has evolved is also in these rocks!

Geology is the scientific study of the Earth, its origin, its structure and the processes responsible for the formation of rocks. It is also a subject with economic and environmental concerns because of human use of geological resources for water supply, metals, energy and the construction industry. Sociologically it can be an important tool in forensic science. Geology is of interest to anyone who is interested in the environment as it is today as well as concentrating on how to interpret ancient environments by analysing the fossil and rock record. It records the evolution of life and past climates on the planet and helps us to understand earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that we need to be able to manage if life is to be safe and comfortable. Geology has a direct significance if you wish to have a career in resource management or development, civil engineering, environmental engineering, forensic science, mining or vulcanology. It is extremely useful if you wish to develop an interest or take a degree in oceanography, archaeology, geography, environmental science, or geophysics.

Both practical skills examinations are based partly on fieldwork, which is therefore a compulsory element of A level Geology. Currently, the first year field trip is to the Isle of Arran and to Dorset in the second year.

“I love studying Geology because it covers such a wide range of different topics and you learn so many new skills, from sand sieving to measuring dip and strike.”


Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in Chemistry or GCSE grade B in Science and Additional Science, and GCSE grade B in Maths.

Awarding Body


Units of Study

Year 12

Geology - Unit 1

Global tectonics.

Geology - Unit 2

Rocks – processes and products.

Geology - Unit 3

Practical skills in geology I.

Year 13

Geology - Unit 4

Environmental geology.

Geology - Unit 5

Evolution of life, earth and climate.

Geology - Unit 6

Practical skills in geology II.