A-level Geology

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

OCR Geology focuses on the study of the Earth, both at a tectonic scale to micro-fossils since the planet was formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is a fantastic A-level if you wish to study a subject that gives a long term overview to the development of the planet and its processes: global tectonics, economic geology, geohazards and stratigraphy are all subjects that you will cover. The course covers the materials that Earth is formed from and how processes affect these materials to give our planet the form it has today. You will learn how the oceans and continents came into being and how they may evolve in the future.


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Ideal if:

This science complements well with other sciences especially Physics and Chemistry as well as Mathematics. There is also an academic overlap with some elements of Geography and Environmental Science. Theories, processes and rock petrology is well exemplified in the classroom, laboratory and within four days of regional based field work.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and Mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in Geography and / or the sciences.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study:
- Global tectonics: earth structures, earthquakes, continental drift, geological structures
- Rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic processes and products
- Practical skills in geology
- Environmental geology, water supply, energy resources, metallic, mineral deposits and engineering geology
- Interpreting the past sedimentary environments and geochronology

-Geohazards and engineering geology

-Basin analysis


Compulsory four days of study in the field with a focus on Cornwall as well as dipping into the wider South West region.


Teaching in a well resourced, dedicated room as well as laboratory focused sessions, small group sizes, outstanding staff (including industry based experts and HE qualified lecturers), close tutorial support and fieldwork opportunities.

Fieldwork skills are fundamental to the study, practice and discipline of Geology. They are integrated into all aspects of the subject. Learning these skills will enable you to 'think geologically'. It will also provide you with opportunities to apply field skills in a wide range of curriculum and learning contexts. You will be able to visualize and extrapolate data in three dimensions, and to understand the application of practical methodologies.

You’ll love:

The fieldwork opportunities in Cornwall and the South-West region accompanied by subject experts from beyond the College. You will be exposed to current areas of research where new discoveries may revise our understanding of geological phenomena.

You’ll go on to:

Prepares you for progression to higher education, higher level apprenticeship or employment, with careers in civil engineering, engineering geology, hydro-geology, mining geology and petroleum geology.



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A-level Geology

Start Date

September 2017


St Austell


2 years

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