Geoscience, or Earth Science, is the scientific study of our planet, including its formation, its structure and its evolution. It includes aspects of Biology, Geography, Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Resource Management and Government Policy to name but a few.
Available in both Oxford and Estoril, The Geoscience Diploma is unique to Greene’s. It can be an alternative to A level study and allows admission to a number of undergraduate level degree programmes at the University of Birmingham and University of Portsmouth in the UK.
On the Greene’s Geoscience Diploma course you will:
The Greene’s Geoscience Diploma programme is a one-year or two-year course that starts at the beginning of September each academic year. It is modular, with a programme of ongoing assessment.
(3 compulsory modules and 1 independent video documentary research project)
|Organisms in context
Earth processes, rocks and mineral formation
Science and the environment
(2 compulsory modules, 1 written independent research project & 2 optional modules)
|Fossils and environments
Practical techniques & data analysis
Independent research project
Geopolitics of energy & governance
Mineral structure and chemistry
|Fieldwork||Fieldwork in the U.K., Azores (Portugal) and Oman is organised through Greene’s Tutorial Colleges in Oxford (U.K.), Lisbon (Portugal) and Muscat (Oman).|
This course is more intensive as it takes place over one calendar year, and there are two entry streams:
Initial English Language and Mathematics testing determines which stream a student will take.
Further details of the Geoscience courses can be found here.
Teaching takes the form of a combination of online and face-to-face individual and small group tutorials, seminars and workshops. In addition, to enable you to observe geological phenomena at first hand and to collect data for analysis and interpretation, the course includes both practical sessions and field trips.
There are 10 assessment criteria which form the basis of student assessment, both formal and informal, during the course. Each criterion is subdivided into five different learning outcomes or levels of competency on which each student is assessed and from which the final classification of the Diploma is calculated.
|Geoscience Diploma - Assessment Criteria|
|C1: Understanding Processes||C6: Practical skills|
|C2: Application of Knowledge||C7: Data analysis|
|C3: Scientific writing||C8: Critical scientific reading|
|C4: Presentation skills||C9: Independent learning|
|C5: Fieldwork Skills||C10: Passion and flair|
|Geoscience Diploma - Final Classification|
|A* or high A grade (A level equivalent)||Low A or high B grade (A level equivalent)||Low B or C grade|
(A level equivalent)
|Below C grade (A level