First year A-level Geologists explore the roots of ancient volcanoes

Twelve first year Geologists recently went on a field trip to the Malvern Hills to look at igneous rocks as part of their studies.

Whilst there the students created field notes on the sites, their history and also created field sketches. The group luckily had glorious weather and a great view over Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Highlights for the students was seeing the roots of ancient volcanoes and also the remains of an old sea floor.

Course Leader Gareth James said: “The students were really focused and are well on their way to developing really great geology skills. Their next trip involves a lot more independent interpretation which I am excited to see how they get on!”

Student Maddy Pike said about the trip: “We were taught how to draw a field sketch of a quarry. We could easily see some igneous intrusions of pegmatite. Later we identified basalt pillow lavas in a cave which showed evidence of an old mid-ocean ridge. This was useful as you could visibly see what is being taught in our lectures.”

To find out more about our Geology A-level, click here or register for our Open Evening on 6th February, 5-8pm, here.