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Plymouth University

Applied Geology

UCAS Code: F610
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Geology
Student score
87% MED
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

116-128 pts depending upon subjects studied, to include minimum 2 A Levels, to include grade C from at least one A level subject from list of subjects below: Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Use of Maths, Environmental Science/Studies, Applied Science, Geography

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Any Science subject.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

DMM/DDM depending on Science related subjects within BTEC

International Baccalaureate

28 points overall to include 4 at HL in two Science subjects. 30 points overall to include 4 at HL in one Science subjects. English and Maths accepted within: If Advanced Level = 4+ (A1) or 5 (A2/B) If Standard Level = 5+ (A1) or 6 (A2/B) If overseas and not studying English within IB ? MUST have IELTS as part of condition IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 116-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

â?¢ Develop your knowledge and skills on a course designed around the needs of the geosciences industries, and draw on the extensive industrial consultancy experience of our staff. â?¢ Deepen your understanding with training in the safe conduct of Earth science fieldwork. â?¢ Develop your confidence with a personal tutor, providing you with weekly guidance throughout your first year. â?¢ Progress your skills in our open access laboratory, LABplus. â?¢ Take part in the substantial fieldwork offered in a variety of UK and overseas locations. You will become an experienced field-worker, able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to existing Earth science problems. â?¢ Benefit from essential field equipment and e-books, free as part of your welcome package. â?¢ Hone your abilities through the close links University staff maintain with the Earth science sector. Our involvement in these areas ensures your experience at Plymouth will be focused towards the current needs of industry and society while giving you access to the latest industry-standard geological software. â?¢ Work towards becoming a Chartered Geologist, our accreditation by the Geological Society helps you to gain the required experience. â?¢ Take the opportunity to spend your second year studying abroad in Canada, Australia, USA or elsewhere through our direct exchange, ERASMUS or ISEP programmes. Plymouth is currently the only UK institution to offer exchanges through ISEP, giving our students the greatest range of Earth science exchange opportunities available.


Modules include: Earth materials; geological maps and structural geology; geosystems; palaeontology and stratigraphy and the dynamic earth; geological fieldwork; geospatial techniques; sedimentology and palaeontology; stratigraphy and earth history and structures, magmas and volcanoes; geological mapping; geophysics; advanced geological fieldwork; case studies; engineering geology; mineral georesources and petroleum geoscience.

Plymouth University

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Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 87% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Received sufficient advice and support



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
3% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
24% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
294 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK is officially short of geologists of many different kinds, but we produced a few more than usual last year. We're not the only country in need of good geologists, which is why one in nine UK geology graduates left the country in 2012 to work – and the average starting salary for a UK geology graduate getting a job abroad was nearly £35,000 – rising to over £50,000 in Australia - which compares very favourably with other degrees. And with oil, gas and mining all very big business, and geologists vital to those industries, good geologists will be in demand for a while yet.
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