School: Looking Ahead

Find out more about Geology at school and the UK national curriculum, with advice on what subjects to study, applying for university, work experience and future options if you're interested in the Earth.

Studying Geology at School

You can study Geology as a GCSE or A Level in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, or where it overlaps with other subjects, as part of the science and geography curriculum.

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Qualifications & Applying for University

Geology calls on a wide spectrum of other sciences to study the Earth. Find out about the importance of Science and Maths, with advice on applying for a Geology degree.

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Work Experience

A period spent shadowing a geologist can help you decide where you want to be in future as well as enhancing your university application. This is usually organised on an ‘ad hoc’ basis rather than through a formal process, so it’s up to you to be proactive. 

Generally placements are only available through industry, for example with engineering, petroleum, minerals, environmental or water companies. The Geological Society does not offer any work experience, but we do offer help and advice on placements and organised schemes. 

Links to get you started:
Join the Geological Society as a Junior Candidate Fellow

If you have a passion for Geology and plan to go on to take a degree, joining as a student member is the ideal first step in your career.

Join the Society as a Junior Candidate Fellow
Terrific Scientific: An exciting new BBC primary science initiative

A new BBC initiative for 9-11 year olds, with UK-wide experiments on a variety of topics. Water experiments supported by the Geological Society begin on 6 February! Discover your inner scientist and find out how your school can take part.

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RGS-IBG Teacher Training Scholarships

The Royal Geographic Society with IBG and the Department for Education have a prestigious scholarship program for geography teacher trainees which offers £27,500 tax-free funding, as well as training events, access to materials and resources, fellowship to the RGS-IBG, networking opportunities and other support to complement teacher training. To apply, candidates must have secured a place on an eligible teacher training course in England for Autumn 2017 and must have a geography or related degree with a proven or predicted grade of at least 2:1 or a recognised equivalent. Download an information leaflet or see the RGS-IBG website for more information on how to apply...

Find out more on the RGS website