GCSE Geology

About the course

Geology provides a chance to explore ‘how the Earth works’. In this Level 2 GCSE (studied in Years 10 and 11), you will explore the planet’s structure, evolution and how it changes over time as well as its mineral and energy resources. Geology is a multi-disciplinary science, which develops understanding in chemistry, physics and biology, as well as maths and environmental sustainability.

Overview of units

Geological Principles:

  • Rock types, geological structures, geochronology, the rock cycle and plate tectonics

Investigative Geology:

  • Develop and apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem solving skills
  • Develop fieldwork skills including 3D geological data

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for starting this course.


You will sit two examination papers in the summer of year 11 to gain your qualification. Paper 1 (1 hour and 15 minutes) is an online exam covering topics in Geological Principles. Paper 2 is a written exam (1 hour and 30 minutes), which covers topics in Investigative Geology. There is no coursework in the GCSE Geology course. Your qualification will be graded on a scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across both papers, where 9 is the highest grade.

Where you can go next

Geology places problem-solving at the heart of learning, challenging you both in familiar and novel situations in the laboratory and in the field. GCSE Geology provides a good foundation for further study in scientific, technical and environment-related subjects.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the Eduqas website.

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