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    I have decided that I may be interested in a geology degree, but I'm not sure if I've left it too late or I'm not suitable. I am currently in year 13 studying biology, maths and english, so I've got the 2 sciences and I am course for at least ABB. However I don't really know much about geology, I'm just quite interested having read some course outlines and spoken to others.

    I was wondering if I'd be at a disadvantage for not doing geography at a-level, if it's just too late to learn enough, or if it's not too late are there any good resources I could learn from to help decide and write my personal statement?

    Thanks for any advice
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    (Original post by jshark97)
    I have decided that I may be interested in a geology degree, but I'm not sure if I've left ir too late or I'm not suitable. I am currently in year 13 studying biology, maths and english, so I've got the 2 sciences and I am course for at least ABB. However I don't really know much about geology, I'm just quite interested having read some course outlines and spoken to others.

    I was wondering if I'd be at a disadvantage for not doing geography at a-level, if it's just too late to learn enough, or if it's not too late are there any good resources I could learn from to help decide and write my personal statement?

    Thanks for any advice
    I studied maths, chem and physics and I'm off to study Physics after an internship this year. Summer of 2014 I got accepted onto the Oxford summer school for Earth Science (I was on holiday for the physics one). I'd never done geography at even GCSE, so was a bit apprehensive about what the week was like. But not going to lie, it was so much fun, I almost binned my physics application... As far as I'm aware, not many places do "geology", but quite a few do earth sciences. It came across as quite a flexible degree, you could choose modules from geology, atomospheric science, marine stuff, all from the physics or how the earth did stuff, the chemistry of earth, the biology that can be used and effected by earth sciences, and even stuff like social impacts and the "people side of things". I believe maths was a MUST have at Oxford, and then one other sciences, but you may not be allowed to do some of the more specialist modules with no chem/physics. Of course that will change with different unis, but definitely don't worry about geography. If you enjoy geology, and science in general, definitely look into it. If you want to know anything else, PM me, but deffo have a look at courses

    Also, if you're in year 13, haven't you left it a bit late to start looking at courses...
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    (Original post by jshark97)
    I have decided that I may be interested in a geology degree, but I'm not sure if I've left it too late or I'm not suitable. I am currently in year 13 studying biology, maths and english, so I've got the 2 sciences and I am course for at least ABB. However I don't really know much about geology, I'm just quite interested having read some course outlines and spoken to others.

    I was wondering if I'd be at a disadvantage for not doing geography at a-level, if it's just too late to learn enough, or if it's not too late are there any good resources I could learn from to help decide and write my personal statement?

    Thanks for any advice
    You would definitely not be at a disadvantage. One of my friend's is applying for geology and she has never done geography in her life. Basically, you just need sciences. For writing your personal statement, I'd recommend reading a few online, but remember not to copy
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    (Original post by jshark97)
    I have decided that I may be interested in a geology degree, but I'm not sure if I've left it too late or I'm not suitable. I am currently in year 13 studying biology, maths and english, so I've got the 2 sciences and I am course for at least ABB. However I don't really know much about geology, I'm just quite interested having read some course outlines and spoken to others.

    I was wondering if I'd be at a disadvantage for not doing geography at a-level, if it's just too late to learn enough, or if it's not too late are there any good resources I could learn from to help decide and write my personal statement?

    Thanks for any advice
    It's not too late but you should start doing some serious reading over the next month or so to learn more about the kind of questions Earth Sciences is trying to address to see if it's the subject for you. There are lots of good books to start off with, some good ones include The Golidlocks Planet (Zalasiewicz), Earth Story (Lamb - this isn't the most exciting book in the world but it's a very good general introduction and has excellent diagrams and you can get used copies very cheaply), The Two Mile Time Machine (Allen), The Planet in a Pebble (Zalasiewicz) etc. There's also How to Build a Habitable Planet which is probably more aimed towards first year undergraduate level but it's very comprehensive and detailed - you'd struggle that finish that in a month though and it's a bit intimidating.
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    Hey, I did geology and graduated in 2014 with a 2:2. Been struggling to get a job in the UK since then.
    I really think geology is subject for people who really like it and into it. However if you're not sure about it I think it might be a bit risky going into such a specialised subject, as there really is no point doing it if you're not sure you're going to be very good at it.
    I suggest you do some research about it, maybe go to some open days where they show you what you'll be doing. I remember having an interview with a professor at Plymouth uni where he showed me what lab work they do and how they look at thin section.

    So take your time to understand it and see if you like it
    And good luck

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    (Original post by hammoody)
    Hey, I did geology and graduated in 2014 with a 2:2. Been struggling to get a job in the UK since then.
    I really think geology is subject for people who really like it and into it. However if you're not sure about it I think it might be a bit risky going into such a specialised subject, as there really is no point doing it if you're not sure you're going to be very good at it.
    I suggest you do some research about it, maybe go to some open days where they show you what you'll be doing. I remember having an interview with a professor at Plymouth uni where he showed me what lab work they do and how they look at thin section.

    So take your time to understand it and see if you like it
    And good luck

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    hey, have you still not found any jobs ?
    And what uni did you graduate from?
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    You need to really like rocks and looking at rocks via field work.

    You can start a geology degree with minimal understanding of it, a lot of the stuff I was taught at A level was wrong anyway (I did A level geography and elements of physical geography touched on geology).
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    (Original post by shyam patel)
    hey, have you still not found any jobs ?
    And what uni did you graduate from?
    no unfortunately. doing a part time job back home, while still looking for a proper job!
    thinking of doing a masters next year, but all the universities I looked at require a minimum of 2:1 :/

    I graduated from Cardiff University in Exploration and Resource Geology
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    When I was at university, the students who studied geography did not seem to be at an advantage. I found the core sciences more useful.
 
 
 
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