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Geology - A Level OCR


Geologists use evidence from the Earth's past to help predict the future. The subject covers a wide variety of topics, from volcanoes to engineering to evolution. Geologists are highly sought after by employers in the growing environmental sector. This specification affords candidates the opportunity to
study geological processes that operate at and below the Earth's surface, the evidence of past life and the uses made of geological materials. Through this specification learners will also cover the processes and products that form our planet and its rocks.

Year 1
- Practical Skills in Geology
- Foundations in Geology
- Global Tectonics
- Interpreting the Past
Year 2
- Petrology and Economic Geology
- Geohazards
- Basin Analysis

Taught Through:
Teacher/student led presentation;fieldwork;practical tasks;discussion;peer and self assessment; independent research; video and DVD.

What could you be?
Involved in exploring and exploiting hydrocarbons; scientific researcher; environmental engineer; metallic mineral miner; Seismic Monitor; Geological Surveyor; Volcanologist; Coastal Management.
Where could you go?
Imperial College London; Southampton; St Andrews; Liverpool; Plymouth; Bristol; Exeter and many others across the UK.
Recent student destinations:
Southampton - Geology; St Andrews - Geology; University of Manchester - Geology; Plymouth - Environmental Science; UCL - Geology.

Entry Recommendations:
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Geography or Science.
Assessment:
Year 1:
- 1 Written Exam
Year 2:
- 3 Written Exams
- A series of practical tasks

Peter Davidson
davidsonp@budmouth.dorset.sch.uk

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