Teacher in Charge: N. Major
This course will give an overview of Earth's structure and spheres - the interior of the Earth, the biosphere (living stuff), hydrosphere (water), lithosphere (the upper surface of the planet) and atmosphere (from 1m below the surface to 10,000km into space). We will look at how the planet is affected by natural cycles, such as the water and carbon cycles, and how the weather is influenced by multiple factors.
All of this added together makes Earth a suitable place for life, and we will look at how life as evolved on Earth and the effect human activites are having on the planet. We will have a closer look at the geology of the local area, including a field trip to visit some local features such as Kawiti glow-worm caves.
This course could lead into Earth and Space Science or Geography in Level 2, or ytou can take it just for interest!
Entry: this course is open to all Y11 students, regardless of your abilities in science. It would be nice if you had an interest in space and life in space, but even that is not necessary...