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York College

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE; including GCSE English Language (grade 4), Maths (grade 4) and Science.


Two years.

What will I study?

Geology is all about understanding the way our planet works by unravelling its history, and through this understanding how we may be able to predict the occurrence of major disasters and the likely effects of climate change. The course is divided into three units in the first and second years; in addition, there is also a unit on practical skills that runs through both years. The units cover a variety of geological topics:

Year 1
• Foundations of Geology
• Global Tectonics
• Interpreting the Past

Year 2
• Petrology and Economic Geology
• Geohazards
• Basin Analysis

Development of Practical Skills in Geology (runs through both years)


There will be costs associated with field excursions, e.g. transport costs and costs for museum entry. It is anticipated these will be kept as low as possible.


How will I be assessed?

The A Level will be assessed by 3 exams (Fundamentals of Geology; Scientific Literacy in Geology – both 2 hours 15 minutes each; Practical Skills in Geology – 1 hour 30 minutes). In additional, practical activities will be carried out and records kept.


Good course combinations

Geology works well with both Sciences and Humanities.

What can I do next?

As Geology is at the heart of maintaining the quality of human life and is a multi-skilled subject, many graduates find work in environment-based public service, planning, engineering, mining and quarrying, the oil and gas industries, conservation, and heritage. It is also quite common for graduates with a general Geology or Environment-based degree to specialise in one aspect through higher study, i.e. an MSc or PhD, either full-time or part-time whilst employed and sponsored through industry. Past students have gone on to study Geology or Physical Geography and into careers in the petrochemical industry.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Oscar Powell

Formerly of All Saints RC School
A Level Geology

‘Geology was a brilliant experience. The lessons are organised very well. To have academia dispensed in such a well organised way is really enjoyable and pleasing. The amount of practical experiments we are able to do is very satisfying. The equipment is excellent and having one microscope per person is brilliant.The College is very well resourced as the Geology labs have a good range of samples and tools which are consistently used in lessons.”

Geology 281

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