A Level Geology students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have been using inventive methods to learn more about the different layers of the planet – by using jelly and confectionary to mock up a cross section of the Earth.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has an outstanding and nationally renowned science department, which has been awarded STEM Assured® status by the New Engineering Foundation (NEF). STEM Assured® status is an industry-led kite-mark for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, meaning that students can be assured that they are receiving the best possible education in these subjects, with a particular focus on relevance and employability.

Geology is an exciting new edition to the College’s programme of A Levels. It is an interesting subject which focuses on the origins and development of planet Earth. Students learn about the cataclysmic forces which shaped our planet from its origins 4.5 billion years ago and develop an understanding of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis; learning about what we can do to predict and minimise the damage caused by natural disasters.

As an interesting early lesson, which also acted as an excellent ice-breaker for the group, the Geology students used confectionary to create the different layers of the planet – crust, lower lithosphere, upper and lower mantle, outer and inner core. It was a class which lead to much discussion and laughter – and gave them an interesting sweet treat to end the lesson!