GCSE Geology (Part of the GCSE Fast-Track Programme)
The GCSE Geology pathway is for those students wishing to progress their studies in Science, it is an earth science with subject content ranging from the processes such as plate tectonics through to the products like minerals and rocks. It will appeal to students wishing to enter a variety of professions relating to the environment, risk management, and many geoscience related areas or go on to study Science at A level or BTEC level.
The College is offering a full-time GCSE Fast-Track Programme for students achieving mostly D grades in their GCSEs, which runs for one year. An interest in the earth, its processes, and a natural curiosity about our planet is essential.
The Geology course will focus on these elements:
Rock exposures – minerals, rocks and fossils.
Landscape formation and processes.
Theories including plate tectonics.
Origins and evolution of life.
British Isles Geology.
Environmental Geology – including earth’s resources.
You will taught through a variety of methods, including lectures, group work, independent study, research projects and practical lab work. There is also an element of fieldwork.
Assessments will be completed through a variety of methods. These will include:
Scheme of Assessment
Written Examination Paper: 75%
This is a non-tiered written paper provided as an on-screen test. It consists of
compulsory structured data and stimulus response questions. The paper comprises
75% of the overall assessment, carries 100 raw marks and is 1½ hr in duration.
Controlled Internal Assessment: 25%
The controlled internal assessment complements the theory paper by assessing the
geological practical skills of candidates.
Materials that the student needs for practical lessons will be supplied by the college. Normal stationary, course textbook must be purchased by the student. There is additional reading material available free of charge.
If you complete this course, you will be able to progress to A levels, (providing you have met other GCSE requirements). There will also be some vocational courses such as BTEC applied science which may be appealing. We will be happy to discuss your options to ensure this course is right for you.
The course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.
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