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Earth Science (Geology) – A Level

Special Entry Requirements

In addition to the A Level entry requirements, you will need grade 5 in GCSE Maths and grade 5 in GCSE Science.

Course Introduction

Earth Science (Geology) is a diverse and fascinating subject. Most students have never studied it before as it often isn’t taught at GCSE level. It is classed as a science and involves the following:

  • Study how our Earth works, Earth System Science
  • Study and attempt to predict earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides
  • Work out how to find and evaluate water, mineral, and energy resources
  • Learn about the evolution of life on Earth (including the dinosaurs)
  • Date key events, examine mass extinctions and environmental change
  • Predict the impact of human activities, such as ‘Fracking’, exploring for oil and gas, mining and quarrying activities
  • Draw conclusions from incomplete data, show an awareness of the wider environment and develop a pragmatic and practical approach
  • Develop practical skills which will be assessed alongside your examinations

Earth Science (Geology) Transition Pack

We have prepared some information on the website to show you the kind of work that you will be doing at level 3 and to help you prepare for September

Earth Science (Geology) Transition Pack

Earth Science (Geology) Transition Pack Supplementary Reading

Course Modules

Module 1 – Fundamentals of geology

F1 Elements, minerals and rocks
F2 Surface and internal processes
F3 Time and change
F4 Earth Structure and global tectonics

Module 2 – Interpreting the geological record

G1 Rock forming processes
G2 Rock deformation
G3 Past life and past climates
G4 Earth materials and natural resources

Module 3 – Geological themes

T1 Geohazards
T2 Geological map applications
T3 Quaternary geology*
T4 Geological evolution of Britain*
T5 Geology of the lithosphere*

Learners will study one of the options T3, T4 and T5, indicated with an asterisk*.


This consists of three examination papers as well as a practical endorsement.

Paper 1: Geological investigations (2 hours and 15 minutes)
Consists of 2 data response questions and an investigation of the geology of an area shown on a simplified geological map

Paper 2: Geological principles and processes (1 hour and 45 minutes)
Consists of 6 data response questions

Paper 3: Geological applications (2 hours)
Consists of 2 data response questions, an investigation of the geology of an area from a Geological Survey map extract and 3 data response questions from chosen option

Practical endorsement – non examined assessment, this involves the assessment of a candidates practical competence, this will be reported separately and will not contribute to the final grade.

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