Where is the course delivered?
- Bridgwater campus
Who is the course for?
If you are interested in the planet we live on and think a career in understanding the Earth would be valuable, then this is for you. It is a blend of practical and academic skills. Anyone interested in energy, resources, the future and the past should seriously consider taking A Level Geology.
What does the course involve?
Earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals, fossils, earth’s history, resources. In the first year we set the foundations of geological knowledge, in the second year we encourage students to explore and investigate aspects of the subject which are still unexplained. Lectures, video clips, practical investigation and essential field study all contribute to the quality of learning Earth Science at Bridgwater & Taunton College.
What makes this course special?
We study in a dedicated Earth Science location in “state of the art” laboratories in the Energy Skills Centre at the College. We have had alternated residential study visits every year between Iceland and Italy in collaboration with Geography over the past ten years. You will gain many transferable practical and intellectual skills. Your lecturer has broad experience of Life Science and Earth Science, in education, and in industry, including professionally delivering Higher Education modules at undergraduate levels, writing, moderating and marking, exam papers and is a member of The Geological Society.
You will have the opportunity to enhance your skills with scientific instruments, petrographic microscopes, developing intellectual skills including spatial visualisation, evaluating evidence, working in teams and empowering your vocabulary and enhancing your talent for clear communication. Geologists find working opportunities globally.
A minimum of five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 5 range is recommended for A Level study, including Maths and English, a grade 5 in Science or Geography is recommended. A curiosity to explore and discover different ways of viewing the world would be an advantage. It is strongly recommended you take at least one other science, or Geography as part of your Earth Science A Level programme.
What are the assessment methods?
- The A Level is assessed by three theory exams all sat at the end of the second year
- If you choose Geology A Level there will be an opportunity to take an Extended Project Qualification based on an aspect of the fieldwork conducted.
How long is the course?
Lessons will be timetabled throughout the course of the week.
What are the College attendance requirements?
You will receive six hours of tuition per week in year one, and five hours per week in year two. Students are also expected to complete a significant amount of self-study.
Are there any additional costs for the course?
The residential visits, which are optional, vary but Italy in 2016 it was £550.
What are the progression options?
A Levels are still the most traditional route to university. Many Bridgwater & Taunton College students pursue Environmental/Earth Science related programmes as their chosen BSc or MSc degree after studying A Levels.
Former students have progressed to study PhD doctorates fully funded with Royal Holloway and Masters Degrees at Russell institutions. Geology is an excellent A Level not only for budding geologists or earth science students but also all science students.