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Field Geology in Mid Wales

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The hill country near Builth Wells and Kington contains some of Britain’s oldest rocks, from Late Precambrian to Silurian age.

This course studies igneous intrusions and continental sediments, volcanic rocks and coral-rich limestones containing copper minerals.

We visit nationally-renowned locations, including active quarries where the geology is clearly visible, and where collecting of rock types, minerals and fossils is unrestricted. No prior knowledge of geology will be assumed.

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

Who is this course for?

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

Learning and teaching

Fieldtrip spread across two weekends with an emphasis on practical observation and recognition of significant features.

20 contact hours.

Students will be taught the basics of geological science, and the geology (including landforms) of the study area firstly through background reading of the handout forwarded to them in advance of the course (includes text, maps and descriptive annotated sketches); they will then be shown many of the aspects described in the handout in the field, having the handout available at all times for reference.

Field skills will be taught during the course, including how to observe and record, how to sample good reference specimens, and to be aware of and act on, key aspects of geological conservation and safety.

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’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


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.