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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Adult Loan Amount: 2225.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This 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

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

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, a choice from:

  • 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. In Year 2, there will be the possibility of fieldwork in Tenerife or the Isle of Arran. The charge will be £300 per year or less.

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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Hannah McDonald

Hannah McDonald

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role Learning how to share her opinion, build her vocabulary and speak more effectively has given former Derby College A Levels student Hannah McDonald a good grounding for a career with the police.
 
Hannah, who is 18 and from Newton, is soon to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) following a rigorous recruitment procedure.
 
She has also secured a place on the Professional Policing BA (Hons) degree course at Nottingham Trent University, deferred until September 2021.
 
In her PCSO role, Hannah will be based in Ripley and Chesterfield, supporting Derbyshire Police by going into schools to talk about issues such as knife crime and road safety. 
 
Hannah, who took law, psychology and combined English Literature and English Language A levels at Joseph Wright Centre, found her English lecturers especially helpful.
 
She said: “I’d thought English was all about reading books but it’s about so much more. It’s about being put under pressure and trusting your opinions enough to share them or put them in an essay, because English is so subjective and there’s never a wrong answer. In our English classes we gave PowerPoint presentations to the class, so we got used to sharing our ideas and opinions.
 
The course also enhanced my communication skills. It enabled me to build up my vocabulary to speak more effectively.”
 
These abilities gave Hannah the confidence to volunteer at a local primary school, helping children with maths and English, on her Wednesday mornings off from College – experience which she is  sure led to her getting her PCSO role.
 
She added: “There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.
 
Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.”

There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.


“Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.

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