Geology

A Level

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Availability & Details

Geology, A-Level HF-GEOLAL-D(0000)000

Venue
Havant Campus

Type of study
Full-Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
WJEC

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Overview

We offer the only place to study Geology in the Portsmouth area – a unique opportunity for a unique student. 

What is on the course? A Level Geology or Geoscience covers a comprehensive study of the whole Earth.

You will also take part in a residential trip as well as day trips to locations along the south coast including Lulworth cove, The Isle of Wight, Bracklesham Bay, local chalk pits and Kimmeridge Bay. You will also be able to join an optional expedition to Iceland in the second year of your course.

There is a dedicated Geology lab with excellent facilities including a learning zone which includes key terminology support, extension articles and exam skills.

You will have access to an extensive range of mineral and rock samples, which will be used alongside high quality teaching resources to enhance your learning.

Five GCSEs at grades 4 or above, including English Language. You will also need at least a grade 5 in Mathematics and in two sciences.

Geology is a scientific qualification that bridges the gap between the disciplines and will make you stand out from the crowd. On this course you will study:

Fundamentals of Geology

  • Elements, minerals and rocks
  • Surface and internal processes
  • Time and change
  • Earth structure and global tectonics

Interpreting the Geological Record

  • Rock forming processes
  • Rock deformation
  • Past life, past climates
  • Earth materials and natural resources

Geological Themes

  • Geohazards
  • Geological map applications
  • Geology of the lithosphere

This is an investigative earth science course which includes a number of fieldtrips. The practical endorsement will advance your practical skills in well-equipped laboratories. You will learn through a variety of activities, including lectures, practical investigations, group work, listening, answering questions, both verbal and written, discussions and presentations.

You will also take part in a residential trip as well as day trips to locations along the south coast including Lulworth cove, The Isle of Wight, Bracklesham Bay, Local Chalk pits and Kimmeridge Bay. You will also be able to join an optional expedition to Iceland in the second year of your course. There is a dedicated Geology lab with excellent facilities including a learning zone which includes key terminology support, extension articles and exam skills.

You will have access to an extensive range of mineral and rock samples, which will be used alongside high quality teaching resources to enhance your learning. The course will be delivered by a specialist Earth Science lecturer, with over 11 years teaching experience and a teaching geoscience qualification accredited at masters level. 

You will complete three written examinations and a practical endorsement.
Written exams include:
Component 1: Geological Investigation (2 hr 15 mins worth 35%)
Component 2: Geological Principals and Processes (1 hr 45 mins worth 30%)
Component 3: Geological Applications (2 hr worth 35%)

You may progress onto Higher Education courses and employment in mining and exploration, oil and water companies, engineering, volcanology or hazard management.


I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student