Head of Department
E-mail: Dr S A H YoungBSc, MSc, PGCE, PhD
Dr Simon Young has been at Cranleigh for more than 20 years, teaching both Biology and Geology. Following a BSC in Geology he undertook a Masters in Marine Biology and a PhD in Palaeontology. He is also Head of Outdoor Education, which covers CCF, climbing, expeditions and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.
Dr Young has been married for over twenty five years to Andrea (Matron in Cubitt) and they have four children of whom they are very proud. In addition to his family, the loves in Simon's life are rocks, mountains and food in no particular order.
Geology is the scientific study of the history and structure of the Earth, looking at questions such as –
How was our planet formed?
What is the chemical and physical nature of our home world?
How has the Earth changed over time?
How can we make best use of its resources?
What processes are responsible for modern and ancient landscapes?
It should be stressed that this is a Science and that a degree of numeracy and analysis form a fundamental part of both the curriculum, and the assessment. However, nothing that should deter anyone with a reasonable set of sciences at GCSE.
Lower School (IGCSE)
Geology is only available in the Sixth Form.
Upper School (AS and A Level)
At the moment the course is split into three components:
- F791 – Global Tectonics – 30% of the AS – Assessed in a 1 hour paper. This deals with Geophysics, the origin and structure of the Earth, its place in the solar system and the mechanism of plate tectonics.
- F792 – Rocks, Processes and Products – 50% of the AS – Assessed in a 1 hour 45 min paper. In this we study the nature and formation of minerals and the main rock types (igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary), looking at how we can use this information to interpret ancient environments and conditions.
- F793 – Practical Skills – 20% of the AS – Assessed in a series of internally marked practicals, done under exam conditions.
This scheme will still be in place for the academic year starting in September 2016, but is currently being reviewed for 2017.
Who should study Geology?
The simple answer is, of course, everyone! However, as well as the obvious students with an interest in studying Earth Sciences at university, Geology makes an excellent support subject for anyone studying Geography, Chemistry or Physics. Universities also like to see it from those applying to read Archaeology. For the academic year starting in September 2016 Geology AS is to be studied in the place of the EPQ.
Trips and events
Field trips are essential to enhancing student’s geological understanding of the world and play a large part in the departmental teaching. Along with regular UK field trips, the department also offer some very popular, non-compulsory, experiential trips to Iceland and Morocco on a biennial cycle.