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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 2225.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The course provides knowledge of the main aspects of geology as a science through three overarching concepts which link all topics studied:

* a scientific understanding of the Earth, its evolution and its sustainable development

* the central paradigms in geology: uniformitarianism (“the present is the key to the past”); the extent of geological time; and plate tectonics

* the cycling of matter and the flows of energy into, between and within the solid Earth, the Earth's surface, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere and the biosphere.

Entry requirements

  • Grade 4 at KS4 Mathematics
  • Grade 5 English
  • Four other subjects at grade 4

Course Content

Fundamentals of Geology

  • F1 Elements, minerals and rocks
  • F2 Surface and internal processes
  • F3 Time and change
  • F4 Earth structure and global tectonics

Interpreting the Geological Record

  • G1 Rock forming processes
  • G2 Rock deformation
  • G3 Past life and past climates
  • G4 Earth materials and natural resources

Geological Themes

  • T1 Geohazards
  • T2 Geological map applications
  • T3 Quaternary geology
  • T4 Geological evolution of Britain
  • T5 Geology of the lithosphere

How will I be assessed?

There are three exams in the second year.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There will be fieldwork in Wales in Year 1 - a £200 payment will need to be made to facilitate this. In Year 2, there may be the possibility of fieldwork in Tenerife, which will cost £400. 

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You could consider degrees such as a:

  • BSc (Hons) Geology
  • BSc (Hons) Geology and Planetary Science

Careers

  • Engineering geologist
  • Geotechnics
  • Geochemist
  • Geophysicist/field seismologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Mudlogger
  • Wellsite geologist

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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.   And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.  
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.   While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.  
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.  
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.  
 
She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.  
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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