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University of Plymouth

Geography

UCAS Code: F800

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

Entry requirements


104 - 112 Points, minimum 2 A Levels. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Science, Humanities, Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

Maths and English considered within

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Maths and English considered within

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Refer to institution

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Preferred subjects in Applied Science, Science, Social Science however please refer to institution for further advice.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

A typical Offer will be 112 Points

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

104-112

104 - 112 Points, minimum 2 A Levels. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Physical geography

Do you want to learn about the relationships between people, places and the environment? Explore contemporary issues in climate change, environmental sustainability, earth-system science, and the global impact of human activity, covering the range of human and physical geography. Choose to specialise in particular areas or maintain a broad range of interests across the subject. You will also benefit from our strong emphasis on applied skills and career development, enhancing your employability.

You will learn from expert, accessible, supportive staff who are active researchers in their field. You will benefit from our unique location, bordered by Dartmoor National Park, theTamar Valley and South Hams Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of a wide range of work placement and study abroad possibilities in Europe and the USA, as well as a residential field course in each year of the course.

* Choose from a range of human, physical and environmental geography modules – our stimulating programme of geographical studies includes theory and practical elements.

* Develop your understanding of key processes in glacial, desert, river and coastal landscapes using teaching that includes international residential fieldwork, laboratory work, tutorials, information and communications technology and geographic information systems.

* Learn from expert, accessible, supportive staff who are skilled researchers in their field.

* Benefit from our unique location, bordered by Dartmoor National Park as well as the Tamar Valley and South Hams Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Devon and Cornwall have glorious beaches, coasts, rivers and estuaries.

* Study on a course designed with a focus on employability and applied geography.

* Take advantage of a wide range of work placement and study abroad possibilities in Europe and the USA, as well as a residential field course in each year of the course.

Modules

In your first year, modules will introduce you to the latest developments in human and physical geography, and you’ll benefit from small group tutorials. Undertake residential fieldwork and develop your practical and applied skills through lab work.

In your second year, you’ll deepen your knowledge with a wide range of optional modules in human and physical geography and core modules in theories, practical skills and careers development. You’ll also have the chance to take field courses in Ireland or Brittany.

In your final year, you’ll have the option of an overseas field course (recent courses have run in USA, Iceland, Belize, Portugal and China). You’ll also write a dissertation on any aspect of human or physical geography. There’s a wide range of optional modules in human or physical geography, plus the option of taking a work experience module to prepare you for your first job.

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.

Assessment methods

9% of assessment is by exam, 79% by coursework and 12% practical assessment

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
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:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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.

81%
med
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
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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
91%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
97%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Conservation and environment professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

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