Course Overview

This A Level course is about the study of the Earth, its structures, evolution and dynamics. It looks at how the different areas of geology relate to each other, including civil engineering, engineering geology, hydrogeology, mining geology and petroleum geology. The course places problem solving at the heart of learning.

Students are encouraged to respond to geological information in both familiar and novel situations in the laboratory and in the field, so there will be trips to places of significant geological interest.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4)
Minimum of grade 6 in English and another essay based subject
Minimum of grade 6 in Science and Maths.


Studying geology opens up an array of employment opportunities. Students will be able to seek employment in the following sectors:

  • Oil companies
  • Archaeologist
  • Engineering geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental engineer.
Course Guide
Course Outline

Fundamentals of Geology

  • Elements, minerals and rocks
  • Surface and internal processes
  • Time and change
  • Earth structure and global tectonics

Interpreting the Geological Record

  • Rock forming processes
  • Rock deformation
  • Past life and past climates
  • Earth materials and natural resources

Geological Themes

  • Geohazards
  • Geological map applications
  • Quaternary geology
  • Geological evolution of Britain
  • Geology of the lithosphere

Planned Trips & Guest Speakers

  • Wren’s Nest
  •  Jurassic Coast
  • Lapworth Museum
  • Adero Harris
  • Ekbal Hussain
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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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