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About the department
The head of department is Dr. Victoria Hopgood, teaching in the Geology Room F7 in the Main Building. F7 contains the rock, mineral and fossils collections which we use in many lessons. You can use the room for private study when there are no classes timetabled.
AS Keswick - Cumbria: We take a five day field course to a field study centre in Keswick in February for all those students taking the AS qualification. We stay at Blencathra Field Studies on the side of Blease Fell, Threlkeld, and spend five days looking at a wide variety of metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous features. This is essential practice for the practical exam and is a compulsory fieldwork, for which a fee is payable.
A2 Keswick - Cumbria: We revisit Blencathra for a further five days in November to carry out our coursework investigation. You will see a variety of rocks and geological structures on a themed course that links closely with your GL5 option modules: Lithosphere (advanced plate tectonics) and Quaternary Geology.
AS Iceland The Geology department (in conjunction with the Geography department) will take interested students to Iceland during the AS year to study plate tectonics, coasts and igneous features. This is an optional field course which we have been running successfully for several years now. The week is a fantastic experience and students have felt that it was well worth the high cost.