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BSc (Honours) Geography

Learn about the environmental, social and physical aspects of the world around you.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS F810 Course code

Course description

What you study
Gain an advanced understanding of human, physical and environmental geography, on a practically focused course. You apply your knowledge to real-world problems and issues using geographical ideas, skills and techniques that are developed on the course.

During the course, you combine both the academic and vocational aspects of geography. The interdisciplinary nature of geography encourages an understanding of principles from the natural and the social sciences. You also develop professional, transferable skills in areas including report writing, presentations and IT.

Key areas include • human geography • physical geography • environmental science • field research skills. You can follow a themed route in each year, such as • international development • environmental studies • geographical information systems (GIS) • foreign languages.

Gain transferrable skills
You gain a broad range of transferable skills that are attractive to employers such as • teamwork • IT skills • data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) • research • critical thinking • presentation skills • report writing • fieldwork experience • languages.

Fieldwork in the UK and overseas
As well as our onsite facilities, we also use the outside world as a resource for our teaching, including urban and rural areas in the UK, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Tenerife and Iceland. Fieldwork is important for putting your learning into context and these are some of the richest learning experiences on the course.

Placements and work experience
You get the opportunity to put what you are taught into practice in the workplace by completing a year long work placement or shorter periods of work experience. We help you find a suitable placement and support you during the experience. Recently our students have gained placements at • local authorities • Wildlife trusts • Environment Agency • Transport for London • Global Vision International • Peak District National Park Authority.

Research-informed teaching and facilities
You also benefit from the research interests and expertise of enthusiastic staff with strong links across the range of geographical areas.

This active relationship with research and relevant employment sectors ensures that what you study is up to date with current geographical issues. Our computer suites have IT technician support and run specialist software, including the latest geographical information systems (GIS). You can learn how to use this software to complete projects, preparing you for employment where these IT skills are important.

Study abroad

You can gain international experience by studying abroad as part of the course. We are members of the international Erasmus programme and students who chose to study at a European partner university will often be eligible for grants. Our students have recently gone to Tampere in Finland and Sognaogfjordane in Norway to study and we also have links in countries including • France • Germany • Czech Republic • Austria • Spain. We also have similar links with international universities outside Europe, including the University of Queensland in Australia and Ryerson University in Canada.

Many of our European partner institutions teach in English, but to support your international placement, or future international aspirations, you can study a foreign language in one, two or three years of study.

Support

Throughout the course you receive personal support from an academic who acts as your tutor for the whole of your degree. Tutorials cover subjects such as careers, study skills and exam preparation. All classes are taught by academic staff who are experts in their field.

We have an active student Geography Society that organises social and academic events including a programme of invited speakers.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in geography or environmental science. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in geography or environmental science. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access course in a relevant subject from an Open College Network accredited course with 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Three years full-time or four years full-time (including one year work placement or year of study abroad)

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• introduction to physical geography • introduction to environmental science • approaches to human geography • introduction to fieldwork (residential field course in UK) • sustainability and development • explorations in urban geography

Year one options

A foreign language may be taken instead of sustainability and development.

Year two core modules

• real world research • fluvial geomorphology and hydrology • international residential field course • geographies of everyday life

Year two options

Two from • glaciers and glaciation • GIS • energy, waste and resources • conservation ecology • strategic planning • environmental education and communication • critical approaches to space • development geography, power and imperialism • spaces of production and consumption • foreign language

Year three

• optional work placement, year of study abroad or a mix of both

Final year core modules

• dissertation • natural hazards

Final year options

Three from • advanced international research • quaternary environmental change • advanced geographical information systems • conservation and habitat management • atmospheric and water quality • environmental impact assessment • contaminated land and remediation • people in the natural environment • globalisation, democracy and change • development in Latin America • place, culture and design • transport geography • foreign language

Assessment
  • overseas and local fieldwork
  • individual and group project work
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • seen and unseen examinations

Employability

Our previous graduates have developed careers in areas such as • GIS • planning • transport • housing • logistics • IT • surveying • teaching • the travel industry • the media • research • water management • waste and recycling • governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Fees

Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase<strong><strong>.<br> </strong></strong><br> <br>

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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