Priestley College

      AS/A2 Geology

      Priestley College
      In Warrington

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      Typology A Level
      Location Warrington
      Duration 2 Years
      • A Level
      • Warrington
      • Duration:
        2 Years
      Description

      AS - There are two modules which focus upon the structure of the Earth, earthquakes, volcanoes and how rocks respond to stress. We also study the three major rock groups in detail to find out what they tell us about the Earth's history. There are also assessed fieldwork visits where we put into action work covered.

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      Government funding available

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      Warrington
      WA4 6RD, Cheshire, England
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      Location
      Warrington
      WA4 6RD, Cheshire, England
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      · Requirements

      You must have at least a grade C in GCSE Science but there are no other specific GCSEs needed for this course.

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      Course programme

      AS / A2 Geology

      WHY TAKE GEOLOGY?
      Geology is an A level science course and combines well with
      Archaeology, Geography, History and all other Science subjects.
      Geology introduces students to events past and present at the Earth's surface and the processes that create the present pattern of continents and oceans and the formation of economic deposits of metals and energy resources. Geology also helps you to understand natural geological hazards, as well as those caused by human activity, and the means of predicting and controlling them.

      WHAT ARE THE KEY AREAS OF STUDY?
      AS - There are two modules which focus upon the structure of the Earth, earthquakes, volcanoes and how rocks respond to stress. We also study the three major rock groups in detail to find out what they tell us about the Earth's history. There are also assessed fieldwork visits where we put into action work covered.

      A2 - At A2 level students apply the knowledge gained from the AS
      modules. Students study Palaeontology and how former life evolved and what this tells us about Earth's history. There is also a focus on engineering geology, water supply, energy resources and metals. There are also assessed fieldwork visits.

      WHAT SKILLS WILL I NEED AND DEVELOP?
      You should have good written and communication skills. The majority of answers are short answer and the ability to learn and recall factual information is essential. You will need to develop good fieldwork skills and be able to recognise a variety of rocks and minerals. The course will develop scientific knowledge from the three major disciplines.

      HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
      In both your AS and A2 courses there will be one paper in January (30%) followed by another in June (50%). There is an assessed fieldwork activity (10%) and a paper sat at an appropriate point during the course (10%). There is no coursework component.

      PRIESTLEY EXTRA
      Every year there is a residential fieldtrip. In recent years we have visited Iceland and Sicily where we have studied the volcanoes and their effects. We also have numerous fieldwork day visits in the UK.


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