Sixth Form


Geology

Overview

Geology is the branch of science concerned with the structure, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and with the exploitation of the mineral and energy resources that it contains. It deals with the vastness of geological time and the record of organic evolution, leading to a deeper understanding of the significance of life. There are no pre-conditions for studying this course, and no previous knowledge of geology is required. Geology offers the rare opportunity to study a branch of Science that investigates all aspects of understanding how the Earth operates and as such students are guaranteed an exciting and involving learning experience. Geology bridges the Arts and Sciences and can be successfully studied by students in combination with most other subjects.

Curriculum

Lower Sixth:

Unit 1 Global Tectonics

• Module 1 Earth Structure
• Module 2 Earthquakes
• Module 3 Continental Drift, Sea Floor Spreading and Plate Tectonics
• Module 4 Geological Structures

Unit 2 Rocks
• Module 1 The Rock Cycle
• Module 2 Igneous Rocks and Processes
• Module 3 Sedimentary Processes and products
• Module 4 Metamorphic Processes and Products

Unit 3 Practical Skills
• Field skills and Practical exam

 

Upper Sixth:

Unit 4 Environmental Geology
• Module 1 Water Supply
• Module 2 Energy Resources
• Module 3 Metallic Mineral Deposits
• Module 4 Engineering Geology

Unit 5: Evolution of Life, Earth and Climate
• Module 1 Formation of Fossils
• Module 2 Morphology of Fossils and Adaptation of Organisms to Live in Different Environments
• Module 3 Fossil Evidence of the Evolution of Organisms and Mass extinction
• Module 4 Dating Methods, Correlation Methods and Interpreting Geological Maps
• Module 5 Changing Climate

Unit 6 Practical Skills
• Field skills and Practical exam

Educational visits and extra curricular activity

Field visits vary each year and include day and residential visits. In recent years the following destinations have been visited:

  • Castleton Peak District Derbyshire
  • Brymbo Fossil Forest North Wales
  • Trevor Quarry Llangollen North Wales
  • Hilbre Point West Kirby Wirral
  • Thursaston shore Thursaston common and Thursaston Hill Wirral
  • Maesafn North Wales
  • Farndon and Holt villages Cheshire
  • Minerva Quarry North Wales
  • Pembrokeshire
  • South West Wales
  • Blencathra Lake District
  • Anglesey North Wales
  • Loggerheads Country Park North Wales
  • Fife Coast
  • St Andrews Scotland

Rooms and resources

Geology is taught in a mixture of standard classrooms, laboratories and specialist ICT rooms which feature;

• Computer and multimedia projector
• DVD and audio equipment
• Specialist laboratory equipment for demonstrations/experiments
• Polarising microscopes for viewing rock thin sections
• Hand specimens of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks
• A range of mineral, gemstone and fossil specimens
• Specialist Fieldwork equipment for observing, measuring and recording geological features


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