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 a tsunami is 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 urgent issue of climate change has made the study of Geoscience more relevant than ever before. As the University of Birmingham says: from unravelling the mystery of 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 pathway for those wishing to study Geoscience or a related undergraduate degree at university.  Success on the Greene’s Geoscience Diploma is recognised by the Universities of Birmingham and Portsmouth, 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.

Almost every aspect of modern life has a Geoscience connection, from building materials for the houses we live in, to the fuel for the cars we drive.  It is truly a global science and includes, among other disciplines, aspects of Biology, Geography, Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Resource Management and Government Policy.  Studying Geoscience will assist you to develop an understanding of long-term climate change and how this has shaped, and continues to shape, the world we live in.  As change accelerates, studying Geoscience enables you to comprehend the impact of human and natural activity on our planet, anticipate future change, and how we may manage these changes.

Through studying Geoscience you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of some of the earth’s most challenging problems – and how society can work towards finding solutions.  The science comprises a multitude of specialties, and draws together a range of disciplines.  You will learn to appreciate how different areas of the subject relate to each other; how scientists inform society and its politicians to make decisions about the management and use of the earth’s resources; and how Geoscience contributes to the success of the economy and society.  You will develop a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge of how science works in practice; to value geo-diversity, the finite nature of the Earth’s resources and so the need for geo-conservation.  Field visits to compelling geological locations in the U.K. and Portugal (Azores) and Oman will enable you to observe and record the phenomena at first hand, which are covered in online interactive classes and tutorials.  You will become equipped with the critical and analytical skills needed to succeed at university and beyond.

A diploma in Geoscience will provide a highly effective foundation for further studies in Geology, Palaeontology and related degree subjects at U.K. universities.  Such degrees lead to a wide range of careers: prospecting for oil or minerals worldwide, analysing geological data for government geological surveys, civil engineering and construction, and the mitigation and control of hazards.  An understanding of how the Earth works, and the risks and opportunities presented, are 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.