Truro School has the best Geology Department in the country and a reputation that has been supported by numerous awards.
Geology at GCSE Level
Geology is introduced as an option subject at GCSE in the 4th Year. GCSE Geology is a practical based Science with an emphasis on field skills, interactive learning and contemporary issues.
The newly developed WJEC specification comprises a 90 minute on-screen examination and a single controlled assessment based on field data collected at Bude. The specification is divided into six themes:
- Reading the rocks
- Reading the landscape
- The big ideas in Geology
- Timeline of geological events
- Geological hazards
- The work of geoscientists
The emphasis is on the practical application of Geoscience to everyday life, which includes: the search for new mineral and energy resources; dealing with volcanic and earthquake hazards; understanding climate change; building dams, tunnels, landfill sites and motorways; the evolution of life; or simply interpreting and understanding how and why landforms are created and change over time.
Practical work is a major component of the course both in the laboratory and out in the field. The course is enhanced by our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, with all lessons, assignments, resources, assessments and activities available online at all times. Geology is the ultimate totally applied Science, relevant to everyday life and encompassing a huge manner of issues from earthquakes and volcanoes to depleting natural materials and the concept of deep time.
Geology at A Level
In the Sixth Form, the course follows the GCE Geology WJEC specification. Students delve deeper into this world, supported by an award winning 40 year old department which possesses a valuable collection of minerals, rocks and fossils and remains the envy of many schools around the country.
Students are guided by three qualified and experienced Geologists, along with staff with extensive professional experience in the geophysical and oil industries. Fieldwork is fundamental to understanding in this subject and our geographically stunning county is the perfect setting for invaluable residential trips.
At A2, students will also visit the island of Tenerife to study recent volcanic activity. Units include Foundation Geology, Investigative Geology and Geology and the Human Environment, giving a well-rounded and detailed teaching.