Many interesting field trips, both local and further afield.
The chance to visit Iceland in your second year.
Varied, interesting and exciting teaching techniques, projects and practicals throughout the course.
Achieved a 100% pass rate in 2017.
This popular science course encompasses everything on the Earth: landscapes, oceans, atmosphere, and all life there ever has been. It investigates how these have evolved through the 4.6 billion year history of this planet.
You will examine the processes which have evolved the Earth’s landscapes: the study of rocks and how they are created, fossils and evolution, plus how man interacts with geology and avoids the dangers presented by the constantly changing planet. It encourages the development of practical, analytical and evaluative skills through fieldwork and laboratory experiments. Geology can explain how Ludlow was once a warm, shallow sea near the equator teeming with now extinct animals, and answer questions such as, what’s inside the Earth? Why do volcanoes exist? What happened to the dinosaurs? What happens when continents collide? How can I survive an earthquake? It is a practical subject with plenty of opportunity for fieldwork and lab investigations; using rock, fossil and mineral specimens, students piece together the story of the Earth. Good geologists are therefore rock detectives who like solving the Earth’s puzzles!
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including preferred grade 5 (or grade B) in Maths and in Science.
Other A Levels
Geology interrelates with other sciences and also Geography and Mathematics.
Where will my course lead?
Students can progress to study for a degree in Geology, Earth or Environmental Science, plus any other degrees looking for one or more science A Levels.
Geology graduates are currently highly sought after by employers, and are amongst the highest paid, with excellent opportunities for travel. Careers for Geology graduates are broad and wide ranging and can include:
Mining/engineering to the oil, coal and natural gas industries
Academic research in subjects such as palaeontology or volcanology.
Please note that the costs given below are subject to change.
The additional cost, payable to the College, is £85. You will be asked to pay this or to put arrangements in place to pay this, at enrolment. £65 of this is to cover the essential field trips for the course. The remaining £20 is to support teaching, learning and assessment resources for the classroom, including resources for practicals. We aim to give you a high-quality learning experience, fully preparing you for the next stage in your education or the workplace.
We also offer students opportunities to participate in a range of optional activities and visits outside of their course. Optional trips will be charged for separately and run subject to demand.