Why choose Geology?

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

A level Geology will give you an understanding of how the Earth has been formed, why volcanoes and earthquakes occur where they do and how resources have been created over geological time and can be developed for our benefit.

Geology01Geology 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.

“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.”


GeologyThere 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 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.


What you can go on to do after Hills Road

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 volcanology. It is extremely useful if you wish to develop an interest or take a degree in oceanography, archaeology, geography, environmental science, or geophysics.

Fieldwork is an exciting and compulsory part of A level Geology Currently, the first year field trip is to the Lake District and to Dorset in the second year. There is a optional trip to Sicily to see recent lava eruptions on Etna and even a visit to the active volcano, Stromboli.

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The full A level course is assessed at the end of Year 13 by three synoptic examinations, which total 6 hours. These include: Geological Investigations, Geological Principles and Processes and Geological Applications. There are a range of question types, involving interpreting photos, maps and writing short answers.

Link to the WJEC specification

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics AND a Science

Awarding Body


Units of Study


Fundamentals of Geology

Elements, minerals and rocks
Surface and internal processes
Time and change
Earth structure and global tectonics

Interpreting the Geological Record

Rock forming processes
Rock deformation
Past life and past climates
Earth materials and natural resources

Geological Themes

Geological map application
Quaternary geology or Geological evolution of Britain

Geology is a practical science and involves development of practical skills including laboratory and fieldwork investigations. Practicals are assessed and the A level is accredited with practical endorsement of skills acquired. Hills Road has a fully equipped Geology lab and substantial stock of equipment for use on fieldwork to enable students to succeed in their studies.