UCC CPD courses

Geology for Leaving Certificate Geography Teachers


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  • Title

    Geology for Leaving Certificate Geography Teachers

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    6 Week Evening Course

  • Teaching Mode


  • Fees

    €75.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    This CPD is for Senior Cycle Geograpy Teachers See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    26th February 2020

  • Venue

    Ted Neville Geological Laboratory (Room CEC104), Cork Enterprise Centre, North Mall, Cork

  • Start Date

    Thursday 27th February 2020


This short course will cover Core Units 1 and 3 of the Leaving Certificate Geography curriculum.


Covered topics will include:

Workshop 1: Plate tectonics

Workshop 2: The rock cycle

Workshop 3: Landform development 1: geological structures

Workshop 4: Landform development 2: rock characteristics

Workshop 5: Landform development 3: surface processes

Workshop 6: Geology in the Geographical Investigation and Skills Unit 2

Half-day fieldtrip: Geology field skills

The course will include a comprehensive theoretical grounding in the scientific content of Core Unit 1, with emphasis on understanding the key concepts and processes involved in shaping the Earth and its landforms. This will be supported by hands-on practical work in each workshop with e.g. rocks, microscopes and/or maps, supplemented by easy hands-on activities that can be adapted for the classroom using everyday materials.


The final workshop and the fieldtrip will focus on Core Unit 3, in particular, how geology can enhance student projects, how to approach the fieldwork itself, and approaches to preparation of the accompanying written report. The (optional) fieldtrip will introduce participants to several relevant sites close to Cork city that have applications to topics that commonly appear on the Prescribed List. 


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Course runs on Thursday evenings: 7pm - 9.30pm

Six weeks; one evening per week; 2.5 hours per week; plus one (optional) 6 hr fieldtrip (at a weekend) 

Attendance at four or more evening sessions is required for receipt of a CPD certificate upon completion of the course.’



Applications only from Senior Cycle Geograpy Teachers

Fees and Costs


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