Why Geoscience?

Have you ever wondered . . .

How our planet was formed?

Why dinosaurs grew so large?

If we should allow fracking for oil and gas?

Why sinkholes form?

How are tsunamis formed?

To understand our earth; its history, resources and limitations; responsible and sustainable resource use; and the sheer wonder of the planet we step out onto everyday look no further than the Greene’s Geoscience Diploma.

The imperative of climate change has made geoscience study more relevant than ever before.

As the University of Birmingham tells it: From unravelling the disappearance of the dinosaurs to finding acceptable ways to dispose of nuclear waste, Geoscience plays a role.

The Greene’s Geoscience Diploma is the perfect alternative to A levels for those wishing to study Geoscience or a related undergraduate degree at university.  Success on the Greene’s Geoscience Diploma is recognised by the University of Birmingham, UK as meeting the entry requirements for a number of undergraduate and graduate degree level courses.

Geoscience, or Earth Science, is the scientific study of our planet, including  its formation, its structure and its evolution.  Learning from our planet’s history helps us to plan and be better prepared for the future.

Every aspect of modern life has a Geoscience connection, from building materials for the houses we live in to fuel for the cars we drive.  It is truly a global science and includes aspects of Biology, Geography, Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Resource Management and Government Policy  to name but a few.  Through studying Geoscience you will also develop an understanding of long term climate change and how this has shaped the world we live in, anticipating future changes due to accelerated climate change and how our activities impact on this, as well as how to manage these changes.

Through studying Geoscience you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other; appreciate how society makes decisions about the science behind the management and use of the earth’s resources and how Geoscience contributes to the success of the economy and society; develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works in practice; and to appreciate geodiversity: the finite nature of the Earth’s resources and the need for geoconservation.  You will also be equipped with the critical skills needed to succeed at university and beyond.  Field visits to compelling geological locations in the UK and Portugal (Azores) and Oman will enable you to observe and record phenomena at first hand covered in online interactive classes and tutorials.

A diploma in Geoscience will provide a highly effective foundation for further studies in Geology, Palaeontology and related degree subjects at UK universities which lead to a wide range of careers, from prospecting for oil or minerals worldwide, analysing geological data for government geological surveys, civil engineering and construction firms, to mitigating hazards.  An understanding of how the Earth works and the hazards and opportunities it presents is also increasingly important in fields as diverse as urban and rural planning, energy management, and surveying.

The Greene’s Geoscience Diploma is the beginning of a journey where you will acquire sought-after skills that will enable you to forge a career in a range of related economic sectors – from mining to engineering – as well as much more broadly using a host of generic transferable skills.  Employers particularly value the critical thinking and data handling skills of Geoscientists.


Certainly custom is most perfect, when it beginneth in young years: this we call education; which is, in effect, but an early custom.

Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Alban, (1561-1626), statesman, philosopher, lawyer and scientist

Meet some of our tutors ...

Rowena – Sciences

Rowena is a chemist and after having received First Class Honours in Chemistry at the University of Oxford she went on to complete a PhD at the University of Birmingham on “Zeolites and other molecular sieves for chromate remediation”.  Rowena has been tutoring in Chemistry for the last 10 years and during that time was [...]