Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language. Triple or combined Science at grade 5 or above from the higher tier paper.
Start Date: Sept 2021
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.

What will I learn?

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, Icleland and Weymouth to study palaeontology.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


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 a few.

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