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Bath Spa University

Geography (Physical) - Professional Placement Year

UCAS Code: FF81

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,C,C

A Level - Grades BCC - CCC preferred with Grade C in Geography, Sociology Economics or Science

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

A minimum score of 26 points required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMM

Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.

UCAS Tariff

96-104

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time with year in industry | 2018

Subject

Physical geography

This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year.

Geography (Physical) at Bath Spa University will expand your understanding of why here differs from there and how places change over time, focussing on the physical environment. Studying Physical Geography expands your understanding of the changing physical landscape, and the interactions that people have with different environments.This specialist pathway covers a wide variety of physical geography themes, which will build your specialist knowledge.You will develop the ability to link environmental processes and social and spatial behaviours which is a defining feature of geographical practice.
- Learn geographical concepts, theories and knowledge while gaining skills that can improve your career prospects.

- Be supported by a friendly team of lecturers, who are excellent teachers and active researchers.

- Graduate with a range of skills that are highly valued by employers, from scientific techniques to critical thinking and team-working skills.

- You will have opportunities to take part in a range of day and residential trips (recent residential trips include Barcelona, the Lake District and Northern India).

**More about the Professional Placement Year**
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Modules

In Year 1 you will be introduced to the exciting world of Geography, developing your foundational geographical knowledge and skills.You will get a taste of a variety of geographies, and there are plenty of opportunities to do fieldwork.Topics of study may include examining contemporary geographical issues and learning about the variety of physical landscapes.

In Year 2 you will continue to explore physical geography, with a greater emphasis placed on research methods. You will learn a wide range of useful methods and techniques, both in the classroom and through fieldwork. There are also many optional modules to choose from.

Finally, Year 3 will see you further specialise in physical geography. You will develop your skills as an independent scholar by undertaking dissertation research. There are further optional modules to choose from.

For more information please refer to our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

Bath Business School

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
low
Physical geography

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C
269

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical geographical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,640
low
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Secretarial and related occupations
7%
Other administrative occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

There are two options for geography studies: the one we're talking about here is physical geography (there is also an option for geography courses with a more human or social steer). Like a lot of sciences, quite a few graduates in physical geography — about one in five — go on to further study, mainly for one-year Masters courses, and not just in geography, but in environmental sciences, conservation and in courses where we don't have enough graduates like planning and surveying. And in the world of work, graduates often go into environment, surveying and heritage work - and teaching. These are well-rounded degrees that help graduates get a range of useful skills and so careers such as marketing, business analysis, sports and management are also popular and it's often easy to convert or retrain once you have a geography degree.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical geography

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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