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OCR Geology for A Level & AS

This title will be available from Friday 30 June, 2017.

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Author(s): Davies, Mugglestone, Richards, Shelton

awarding body: OCR

level: A Level & AS

isbn: 978-1-911208-14-3



For first teaching from September 2017. Publishing June 2017.


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Endorsed by OCR, this student book offers high quality support you can trust

Written by experienced Geology authors and teachers this resource has an engaging visual style and tone which will support students through the new course and help them thoroughly prepare for their examinations

Knowledge and understanding covers the specification content in the appropriate level of detail and is written and presented in a highly accessible and logical manner

Case studies and key term definitions help students connect theory and reality, allowing application of their understanding of earth science to the demands of the examination

Maths boxes to aid with the mathematics component of the course

Highly illustrated with field photography and artwork

Exam-style question and examination performance tips are provided introducing students to the assessment criteria and mark schemes



1. Minerals

2. Igneous Rocks and Processes

3. Sedimentary Rocks and Processes

4. Metamorphic Rocks and Processes

5. Fossils and Time

6. Earth Structure: direct and indirect evidence

7. Plate Tectonics

8. Structural Geology

9. Economic Geology

10. Geohazards and Risk

11. Evolution of Life and Climate

12. Basin Analysis

13. Laboratory and Field Skills


About the authors:

Stephen Davies is a retired deputy head teacher who graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and taught Science and Geology in comprehensive schools. He presents Earth Science workshops for trainee teachers, and publishes revision guides for A Level Geology.

Frank Mugglestone graduated with First-class Honours from the Open University and for twenty years has held a number of roles in post 16 Geology education, both as a teacher and as Head of Department. He has led field visits in the UK, Iceland, North America and Europe.

Ruth Richards was awarded an MSc in Industrial Mineralogy and a PhD in Micropalaeontology by the University of Leicester.  She has taught GCSE Geology and A Level Geology in comprehensive schools and has led field trips in the UK, and abroad for A level students. She currently trains Science teachers at Nottingham Trent University (ITT) where she also teaches a Geology module at undergraduate level.

Tony Shelton worked as geophysicist with the Open University Oman ophiolite group, co-writing the Geol. Soc. Memoir. After lecturing at Keele University, he worked as a consultant in the oil industry, later becoming Assistant Professor at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat. On returning to the UK he spent 20 years teaching A-level geology and environmental science contributing to various publications.

Vincent Williams was awarded an M.Geol in geology and a PhD in Palaeobiology by the University of Leicester. He has led field trips in the UK and taught on field trips in Italy, Spain and Switzerland. He currently teaches A-Level and FdSc at Truro College.