Geology is one of the most widely-ranging sciences dealing with many aspects of the evolution of this planet and it has proved very popular with Sedbergh sixth form students in recent years.
The Geology Department was established in September 2000 and has one full-time teacher. The dedicated classroom is home to a collection of fascinating rocks, minerals and fossils and Geology is proving to be a very popular and successful A-level choice, which requires no previous geological training.
AS comprises three modules and a piece of coursework:
Global Tectonics and Geological Structures deals with Earth's internal structure, earthquakes and plate tectonics and deformation of rocks by faulting and folding
Rock Cycle - how to read rocks; using a full range of specimens we examine the links and differences between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and the processes associated with each.
Economic and Environmental Geology looks at the concentration of oil, natural gas, coal and metal deposits. Techniques for their exploration and extraction and studied and problems of water supply and engineering geology explored. Coursework involves teacher-guided fieldwork on the interpretation of rocks and rock exposures.
A2 level continues with:
Paleontology - understanding the formation and usefulness of fossils; using real fossils to look at the form, lifestyle and environment of the ten main fossil groups and an exploration of evolution and the causes of mass extinction and other techniques for dating rocks.
Petrology - This is where we take a more in-depth look at rock-forming processes and products, constituent minerals and how to classify rocks.
Geological Skills - an interesting and challenging synoptic paper that brings together multiple skills learnt throughout the course. Higher Education
Geology is a highly-respected academic discipline and a fascinating A-level choice. So far, a large proportion of our pupils have chosen to go on to study Earth Sciences at university.