Understanding rocks, minerals, mountains, earthquakes, volcanoes, fossils, dinosaurs, glaciers, landslides, tsunamis, floods, and much more is what this subject is all about. Geologists perform a range of important services for our civilization; they determine the stability of building sites and find abundant supplies of clean water. They search for valuable deposits of natural resources such as the rare earth elements in your smart phone, iron, coal and oil. They also try to minimise the threat to communities at risk from geologic hazards, volcanoes and earthquakes. It is a visual science, a practical science, a science that involves fieldwork, map work and laboratory investigations.
There is an abundance of fascinating geology to discover, at sites within easy reach of the college and day trips on field study feature strongly, so be prepared to be outdoors. In conjunction with other similar subjects, we also run international residential visits. These have previously included many different locations in Italy, Iceland and Ireland.
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You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range including maths and English, plus a science is recommended.
You will be assessed through written examinations, with regular internal assessment taking place as the course unfolds. Your final A Level exam will be made up of three exam papers covering the entire programme at the end of year two.
Over the two year course, students will be expected to attend necessary trips which will have a small transport and/or entrance fee. All students and parents/carers will be made aware of the trips in advance for payments to be made via the College online store.
A Levels are still the most traditional route to university. Many BTC students pursue environmental/earth science related programmes as their chosen BSc or MSc degree after A Levels.
A Levels (Biology, Geology & Religious Studies)
Thursday 10 June 2021