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For more information about studying Geology at York College, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Entry requirements

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


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 geological history of the Earth, and by analysing fossils and rock structure.

In the first year of the course, there is an emphasis on the foundations of the subject, in particular learning about minerals, the three main groups of rocks, fossil formation, volcanic eruptions, and geological time. In the second year, this knowledge is extended into further details about the formation of different rock types, engineering geology and mining, earthquakes, and the evolution of life and climate on earth.

Local field trips will allow you to extend your class-based learning. The course is taught in a purpose-built Geology laboratory with access to a large number of specimens that are used in lessons. The laboratory also houses an extensive range of practical equipment.

Good course combinations

Geology works well with Geography and Biology in particular, but also complements other science subjects. Other students have successfully studied Geology in combination with humanities subjects in the past.

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 environmental sector.

Need some help?

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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