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Field Geology on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

Level 3, 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

We have 1 upcoming course

25 June 2017
(Sunday 25th to Wednesday 28th June 2017)
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Sunday 25th to Wednesday 28th June 2017
Dr Nick Chidlaw
Field Trips
Fee £160.00 (Concessionary Fee £128.00)
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The Lizard is composed of metamorphic rocks formed in a plate tectonic collision zone during Devonian and Carboniferous times. Much of the peninsula consists of what is widely recognized as parts of former ancient ocean crust, the remainder being altered sediments (including some formed by underwater landslides), discrete igneous intrusions and slices of older crustal basement. These rocks, of which serpentine is most famous, are superbly exposed in cliffs and quarries in a highly attractive coastal setting.  No prior knowledge of geology or the study area is assumed.

Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest in how the current landscape relates to the underlying geology.

Learning and Teaching

This course takes place from Sunday 25th to Wednesday 28th June 2017

Please note that you will need to make your own travel arrangements, with meeting times and places to be confirmed.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

To be supplied by tutor.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.