Earth Science (Geology)

AS & A-level

What are the main features of this course?

The world is complex and dynamic, with the landscapes, rocks and ecosystems around us interacting with one another in an ever changing environment. Earth Science combines the skills used in physics, chemistry and biology to explore these concepts, studying how the Earth came into existence, discover the processes behind volcanoes, earthquakes, and climate change while allowing you to gain first-hand experience of practical geology. Whether you have an interest in fossils or hazards, engineering or climate change, this subject caters to your interests.

Hours of lessons per week: 5

Indicative group size: 17

How is the course assessed?

Students will be assessed by three written examinations in the summer of year 2. As a science subject your grade will also be awarded alongside a practical endorsement to show you have learnt the necessary skills to be a field and laboratory Earth Scientist. The course involves fieldwork in both first and second year to prepare you for this aspect of the course. The AS qualification includes two exams, with no practical endorsement element.

Where can I go next?

Earth Science is useful for anyone considering a degree course in the Earth sciences (including oceanography) as well as Archaeological, Biological, Chemical, Environmental and Physical Sciences. Students can use Earth Science as one of their science qualifications to go onto study engineering, nursing, physiotherapy and veterinary science degrees. The knowledge and skills that you acquire will also be relevant for careers in land management, town planning, mining and building, heritage and environmental science.

This is the science where you study how fast a dinosaur can run, learn how to survive volcanoes, earthquakes and landslides, drill for oil and mine for gold!

Daniel Boatright Geology Teacher