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The WJEC-Eduqas A Level in Geology is a linear course with a final exam at the end of two years. It provides a comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and understanding required for a study of the Earth, its structures, evolution and dynamics as preparation for further study at university or for its own enjoyment. Practical work within the specification is one of the attractions of Geology and a minimum of 4 days is spent on compulsory fieldwork. This includes a compulsory residential trip. (Bursary students may be given assistance towards costs).

Qualifications & Assessments

Exam Board WJEC
Level Level 3
Qualification A Level
Assessment Method Examination & Practical Assessment
Entry Requirements Entry Requirements

The core aspects of this course introduce eight geological concepts:

  • Elements, minerals and rocks
  • Surface and internal processes of the rock cycle
  • Time and change
  • Earth structure and global tectonics
  • Rock forming processes
  • Rock deformation
  • Past life and past climates
  • Earth materials and natural resources

There are three themes which integrate and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the core aspects. These are two compulsory themes:

  • Geohazards
  • Geological map applications

and a choice of one from the following:

  • Quaternary geology
  • Geological evolution of Britain
  • Geology of the lithosphere

As with the other sciences, the assessment of practical competency is by a non-examined Practical Endorsement.

Possible career routes include:-

  • Oil and mineral Industries
  • Mining
  • Engineering
  • Water Industry
  • Education

This course requires a compulsory residential trip to Lochranza (Isle of Arran). For more information about this trip please see the Trips and Travel page

Other trips may include:-

  • Iceland
  • Alderley Edge/Styal
  • Castleton
  • Anglesey
  • Attendance at local geological lectures
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