What will I learn?
1. The formation of minerals; igneous rocks; sedimentary rocks; metamorphic rocks; deformation of rocks by folding and faulting.
2. The rock cycle; plate tectonics; geochronology; global temperature and sea level change; the UK through time; origin and development of life on earth.
3. Planetary geology
4. Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis; level of hazard risk and accurate prediction.
5. Oil and gas prospecting; mining and mineral prospecting; hydrogeology – dams and using underground water; environmental geoscience – waste disposal, polluted water, soil; geotechnical work – constructing dams, road cuttings, tunnels.
How will I be assessed?
Component 1 – Geological Principles
On-screen exam; 1 hr 15 mins; 50% of qualification
Component 2 – Investigative Geology
Written exam; 1 hr 30 mins; 50% of qualification
Are there any entry requirements?
Good Scientific knowledge; an interest in rocks, minerals, earth history or the physical landscape.
Where could it lead?
Careers in the mining industry, oil and gas exploration, hazard evaluation, water supply, geological mapping, engineering, geochemistry, geophysics, palaeontology, study of climate change.
What would complement this course?
There is an optional field trip to Wales undertaken as part of this course, in Year 9. Two days of fieldwork must be completed as part of the course, but this will be done on the Isle Of Wight.
Do you have a question about this course? Email the Subject Leader