Access to Higher Education: Geology ADED11817E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course provides an introduction to Geology and the Geosciences, focusing on key skills and ideas essential to Level 1 courses in Earth Sciences, Geology and Geography subjects.


Blocks 1 and 2

2 hours per week for 22 weeks

Access courses are available at different days and times throughout the week. For timetable details, please see our 'Access to Higher Education' web pages University of Glasgow - Study - Short courses - Access courses

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One 1500-word essay (40%)

One 750-word field report (20%) 

Two x 30-minute timed set exercises (20% each)

Course Aims

To introduce students to the discipline of Geology and to enable them to develop academic literacies needed for Level 1 undergraduate study in Earth Sciences, Geology and Geography degrees.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explain the concepts involved in basic geological ideas (for example, formation and structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, origin of different rock types, geological hazards)

■ Analyse geological maps, cross sections and models in 3D to explain the structure and history of regions

■ Communicate Geology theories and concepts in a logical and effective manner, using key terminology from this field of study, as required for University Level 1 course

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.