York College

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Laboratory technicians

Up to £15,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.

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Two year course.

What will I study?

This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in the origin and structure of the Earth. You will be taught about the Earth’s composition and internal processes by studying the past history of the Earth, and by analysing fossils and rock structure.

You will study topics including earthquakes, continental drift, sea floor spreading and plate tectonics, igneous rocks and volcanoes, metallic minerals and formation of fossils. Local and residential field courses will allow you to extend your class-based learning. The course is taught in a purpose-built geology laboratory with access to specimens that are used in lessons and an extensive range of practical equipment.

Good course combinations

Geology works well with Geography and will complement both science and humanities subjects.

What could it lead to?

Many students find work in environment-based public service, planning, engineering, mining and quarrying, the oil and gas industries, conservation and heritage. Past students have gone on to university to study Geology or Physical Geography and into careers in the petrochemical industry.

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If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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