A-Level Geology (Eduqas 480QS)

What does this course involve?

Geology involves the study of the processes that have formed Planet Earth over millions of years. It is important to know how our planet works in order to manage its resources effectively and to cope with the hazards and changes that affect society and the environment. If you study Geology, you will never look at our world in quite the same way again!

Geology is, above all, a problem-solving science subject. Geologists develop practical skills, in both the classroom and through fieldwork, and learn to investigate, analyse, and interpret a wide range of evidence that is contained in the rock and fossil records. In studying A Level Geology, you will become able to evaluate a range of data in order to decide which of several possible theories best explains the Geological evidence. Geology students also develop mathematical and writing skills, both important aspects that are used in the study of our Earth.

Geology is an inspiring multidisciplinary subject, where theoretical knowledge combines with practical application, taught in a well-resourced, engaging, and supportive learning environment. Past Geology A Level students have progressed to careers in a wide range of industries such as engineering and research science, and A Level Geology is a popular springboard into further study at university for science-based degrees. Geologists are incredibly important for the future of resources on Earth, making an A Level in Geology highly valuable for future employment.

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 also themes which integrate and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the core aspects; Geohazards, Geological map applications, Quaternary geology, Geological evolution of Britain, Geology of the lithosphere.

How is this course assessed?

Exam (written) Assessment:
• Component 1 – Geological Investigations (35%)
• Component 2 – Geological Principles and Processes (30%)
• Component 3 – Geological Applications (35%)

The exams require students to answer a variety of stimulus response questions requiring both short and structured answers, and extended answers involving the investigation and interpretations of geological maps, photographs, and hand specimens.
In addition to the exams, students take part in a number of practical activities that award students a ‘practical endorsement’, which demonstrates competence in a range of practical skills. Fieldwork is an essential part of Geology, as applying theoretical concepts to real world scenarios is how most Geologists develop and progress.


Longsands Geology students all take part in a compulsory fieldwork trip to the incredible Isle of Arran. Students are also invited to our Iceland trip and university open days and lectures.