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Main entry requirements
Range from 116 to 128 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels with a Grade C in a relevant science subject: Biology, Maths/Use of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Applied Science, Geography, Geology or Technology, excluding General Studies.
Considered in combination with Advanced Highers
Considered in combination
Science related subject required
To include 4 at Higher Level Science subjects
Range of UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels with a Grade C in a relevant science subject: Biology, Maths/Use of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Applied Science, Geography, Geology or Technology, excluding General Studies.
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.
% applicants receiving offers90%
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.
Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
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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Do you have a passion for the Earth’s materials and processes, and the ambition to find and manage our planet’s precious resources in the future? Study applied geology in one of the most geologically interesting areas of the UK. Learn the theory, get practical with a range of opportunities for fieldwork and develop a deep understanding of geological processes. With expert guidance and industry experience from our teaching team, you’ll be primed for success in the geosciences industries. You will take part in the substantial fieldwork offered in a variety of UK and overseas locations. You'll become an experienced field-worker, able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to existing Earth science problems. You will work towards becoming a Chartered Geologist, our accreditation by the Geological Society of London helps you to gain the required experience. 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. Deepen your understanding with training in the safe conduct of Earth science fieldwork. Develop your confidence with a personal tutor, providing you with weekly guidance throughout your first year. Progress your skills in our open access laboratory, LABplus. Take part in the substantial fieldwork offered in a variety of UK and overseas locations. You'll become an experienced field-worker, able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to existing Earth science problems. Benefit from essential field equipment and e-books, free as part of your welcome package. 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. Work towards becoming a Chartered Geologist, our accreditation by the Geological Society of London helps you to gain the required experience. 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.
Laying the foundations of geological knowledge, your first year provides you with an introduction to laboratory and field skills. You'll learn about key Earth processes including plate tectonics and natural hazards and take a practical approach to the study of minerals, rocks, fossils and geological structures. You'll develop effective study techniques and computing skills, and undertake safe fieldwork, including residential classes across the South West. Develop your confidence with a personal tutor, providing you with weekly guidance throughout your first year. Year 2 consolidates the knowledge and skills developed so far, with an emphasis on the practical side of geology. You'll develop observational, analytical and interpretive skills and the ability to apply these skills to real-life geological problems within geological professions. You'll also learn to make geological maps and explore the nature and distribution of geological resources and geohazards through fieldwork in both the UK and overseas. You can also take the opportunity to spend your second year studying abroad in Canada, Australia, USA or elsewhere through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes. Take advantage of our optional placement year, giving you the opportunity to develop your geological skills in the workplace and gain valuable experience. Find your perfect placement with the help of our employability service and benefit from specialist workshops and tutorials in your second year, helping you prepare for your year in industry. Your final year gives you the opportunity to develop specialised applied geosciences knowledge and skills through optional modules from a specialist degree route. You may also take part in advanced fieldwork and you’ll complete an independent field-based mapping and research project, which will develop your professional skills and allow you to draw on the research and consultancy expertise of our staff. Our optional field courses visit exciting locations such as Sicily and Cyprus. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
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.
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