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Head of Department:     Mr T Ash

The study of Geology provides an essential contribution to an understanding and appreciation of the Earth. It examines the form and structure of the Earth and the development of life on Earth.

Uniquely, it introduces the concept of the vastness of geological time which, together with the study of the rock record and fossils, leads to a deeper understanding of the origin of the planet and the significance of life on Earth. A study of natural hazards can lead to reasoned and responsible judgements on the value of human life.

The school benefits from a wealth of samples donated by Greenwich University.

Years 7, 8 and 9

Geography and Science include topics related to the study of geology such as the rock cycle, erosion and weathering, plate tectonics and natural hazards.

Years 10 and 11 GCSE

GCSE Course Content

This course in GCSE Geology should encourage students to:

  1. Develop interest in, and enthusiasm for, geology.
  2. Develop a critical approach to geological evidence and methods.
  3. Acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how geological science works and its essential role in society.
  4. Appreciate the contribution of geology to the objective understanding of the material world.
  5. Acquire geological skills and knowledge.

Year 10

Curriculum Outline:

  • Key Idea 1: Rock exposures contain evidence of how the rocks were formed and subsequently deformed.
  • Key Idea 2: The character of the landscape contains evidence of the relationship between past and present processes and the underlying geology.
  • Key Idea 3: Some major concepts underpin our current understanding of the Earth.


The course is not examined externally at this stage but students undergo exam practice with frequent tests, end of unit exams and a spring mock.

Year 11

Curriculum Outline:

  • Key Idea 4: Major geological events fit into a timeline, beginning with the formation of the Earth
  • Key Idea 5: Earth events occur frequently and are commonly reported in the media
  • Key Idea 6: Professional geoscientists use a variety of investigational skills in their work


Assessment for GCSE Geology is untiered, i.e. all components/units cater for the full range of ability and allow access to grades A*-G for the subject award.

The assessment of this GCSE course consists of two components:

  1. 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 one and a half hours in duration.

  1. Controlled Internal Assessment: 25%

The controlled internal assessment complements the theory paper by assessing the geological practical skills of candidates.

Exam Board: WJEC

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