Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language, as well as Science (both core and additional) at grade B or above. For entry onto A Levels at NCC we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 4 in both Maths and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Take a journey from outer space to deep within the core of our planet. Learn about the cataclysmic and spectacular forces that have shaped our planet from its origins 4.5 billion years ago. You will develop an understanding of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and what we do to try to predict these natural disasters. Discover answers to questions that have been asked by generations of the most talented minds; How do the rocks form? How old is the Earth? What are fossils and what can they tell us about life on Earth? What is inside the Earth? Start to find the answer to all these questions and more with A Level Geology.

Residential field trips and visits include: White Scar Cave in Ingleton, Vesuvius and Capri and Weymouth to study palaeontology.


What will I learn?

You will study a variety of interesting modules including:

  • Global tectonics – learn about the structure of the Earth beneath your feet. Learn about what is driving the engine that produces the landscapes you see today.
  • Rocks, process and products – learn about how volcanoes and their spectacular eruptions, you will also learn about beautiful shallow seas and fantastic metamorphic formations.
  • Environmental geology – learn about how we locate and extract the most expensive minerals on the planet including; oil, gas, coal, gold and diamonds.
  • Evolution of life, Earth and climate – learn about how life developed from small bacteria into giant dinosaurs and finally into the flora and fauna we see today.
How will the course be assessed?

In both years you will be assessed by 2 written examinations and a practical ISA exam.


You will be offered a range of enrichment activities if you choose to study Geology at A Level; for example a residential trip to Sorrento to study Volcanism, plate tectonics and natural hazards plus a trip to Weymouth to study tidal erosion and rock formations. These trips will require financial contribution.


Students will benefit from new high tech science laboratories, housing industry standard equipment. We have a wide range of rock and mineral hand samples for your studies.


Materials and other information

Unique Pre-Professional Programme available in Earth Sciences.

Progression and Careers

The Government recognises that there is a national shortage of qualified Geologists, so there has never been a better time to study this subject. Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Leicester, Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), King’s College London and the University of Manchester.
They are reading a wide range of degree programmes such as Geology with Planetary Science, Marine and Freshwater Biology and Geography to name but a few

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