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Field Geology of the Glamorgan Coast II

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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The spectacular cliffs of the Glamorgan coast provide wonderful exposures of rocks and fossils which tell of changing environments through time, from tropical seas to hot deserts and back to marine conditions. Combining class-based teaching with field visits to Sully, Dunraven Bay and Nash Point, this course will demonstrate how to read the story in the rocks. No previous knowledge of geology will be assumed.

Please note that you will need to make your own travel arrangements for the field trips.

Topics to be covered:

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Indoor meeting: Introduction to geology and the Glamorgan coast

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Fieldtrip 1: Sully. Meet at the car park of Sully Sports and Social Club on the east side of Sully (ST 161 678)

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Fieldtrip 2: Southerndown. Meet at the beach car park at Dunraven Bay (SS 885 732)

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Fieldtrip 3: Nash Point. Meet at the cliff top car park at Nash Point at the end of the road from Marcross (SS 916 683).

Wednesday 12 November 2014

​Indoor meeting: Summary and review of the geology of the Glamorgan coast

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has, or wishes to develop, an interest in geology and the outdoors.

Learning and Teaching

Lectures, including the use of rocks samples where available and other visual and hands-on media. Practical work in the field.

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.

Assessment will take the form of submission of a fair copy of a geological map drawn from your observations in the field; your original field maps and field notebook; and a short report summarising the geology of the area studied.

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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.