Geology is the study of the Earth - how it works and its 4.5 billion-year history. Geologists study some of society's most important problems, such as energy, water, mineral resources, the environment, climate change and natural hazards.

Entry Requirements

You are expected to have achieved at least a 5 in GCSE Geology, if taken, or a similar subject.

Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Fundamentals of Geology which includes:

  1. Elements, minerals and rocks
  2. Surface and internal processes
  3. Time and change
  4. Earth structure and global tectonics


Interpreting the Geological Record which includes:

  1. Rock forming processes
  2. Rock deformation
  3. Past life and past climates
  4. Earth materials and natural resources


Geological Themes which includes:

  1. Geohazards
  2. Geological map applications
  3. Geological evolution of Britain

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

You will explore the local Geology by visiting Cullercoats, South Hylton, South Shields and Scremerston. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a residential in Teesdale to study the geology around High Force. Annual trips overseas to locations such as Iceland & Naples.


You will have three exam:

  1. Component 1: Geological Investigations: 2 hours 15 minutes, 35% of the qualification, 105 marks
  2. Component 2: Geological Principles and Processes: 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of the qualification, 90 marks
  3. Component 3: Geological Applications: 2 hours, 35% of the qualification, 105 marks


You will also need to complete practical endorsement. This will include 20 practical activities which include fieldwork and lab-based tasks.

OCR Geology for A Level and AS by Stephen Davies and Frank Mugglestone

The Geology of Britain Paperback by Peter Toghill

British Geological Survey-

You could progress to a Geology degree at university which has exciting career prospects, and could take you around the world. Careers could include engineering, geologist, geochemist, geophysicist/field seismologist, geoscientist, hydrogeologist, seismic interpreter, wellsite geologist, environmental consultant, geophysical data processor or minerals surveyor.

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