Earth sciences is actually a pretty broad term for the group of subjects that deal with, well, the earth. You’ve got the likes of geology, which concerns the study of the earth’s structure and the materials that make it up; there’s oceanography, which deals with the science of the sea; and there are a variety of conservation subjects, which focus on the preservation of the earth, the environment and all of its raw materials.
As you may have guessed, biology and geography play a large part, as do all the core sciences. The subjects that come under the banner of earth sciences are all very varied, but they are linked by their shared interest in the things that make our planet tick.
What A-Levels do you need?
Most earth sciences courses will want your A-levels to reflect your scientific skills and interests – because of this, many courses will require one, two or even three A-levels in a ‘science’ (don’t worry, this tends to include the likes of maths and geography – it’s not just physics, chemistry and biology).
As with most courses, specific entry requirements vary massively between universities and courses; for their four-year Geological Oceanography course Bangor want 120-136 UCAS points and two science subjects, while the University of Liverpool’s Geology MESci requires AAB and two sciences.