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University of Plymouth

Geography with Ocean Science

UCAS Code: F8F7

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

Subjects

Physical geography

Ocean sciences

Geography explores the relationships between people, places and the environment. Choose to specialise or maintain a broad range of interests. A placement year offers valuable work experience. Ocean science focuses on aspects of physical oceanography including ocean circulation, shelf sea oceanography, tides, waves and coastal processes. Plymouth is the ideal setting, giving you hands-on experience of the physical geography of a dynamic estuary and coast within walking distance of campus.

You will maximise your choice of option modules by studying geography as a major subject within a BSc combined honours degree. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, local and international fieldwork and tutorials. You’ll also gain excellent communication skills by working independently and as part of a team and learn from expert, accessible, supportive staff who are skilled researchers in their field.

* Maximise your choice of option modules by studying geography as a major subject within a BSc combined honours degree. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, local and international fieldwork and tutorials.

* Develop your understanding of coastal and marine processes and their interactions with marine biology and ecology, and the ways in which people choose to respond to, and manage, the coastal and marine environments.

* Seize the opportunity to gain 'problem-solving' experience. You’ll also be equipped with advanced computer and information technology skills and expertise in other work-related areas.

* Establish a sound knowledge base across all areas of ocean science, with options to study physical oceanography and meteorology, biological and chemical oceanography, and coastal oceanography.

* Gain excellent communication skills by working independently and as part of a team and learn from expert, accessible, supportive staff who are skilled researchers in their field.

* Benefit from our unique location in Britain's 'Ocean City', with glorious beaches, coasts, rivers and estuaries on your doorstep, and within sight of Dartmoor National Park and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Modules

In your first year, lectures, tutorials, practicals and local fieldwork in physical geography will strengthen your knowledge and introduce new ideas and techniques. Geography modules include geomorphology, population and development and practising physical or practising human geography. You’ll complete ocean science foundation modules, covering aspects of oceanography and meteorology.

In your second year, you’ll specialise in physical geography options (fieldwork options may also be chosen). Geography modules include the principles and practice of geographical research, sustainability policies and practices, and geography and employability. You’ll also have a chance to study in Europe, North America or Australia. Develop ocean science knowledge through modules covering large-scale ocean dynamics and mixing processes and tides, waves and coastal processes.

In your final year, you’ll write a dissertation on your choice of geography or ocean science research topic and take further geography option modules. Fieldwork options outside the UK are offered. You’ll also complete ocean science modules exploring shelf sea oceanography, estuarine processes and further aspects of waves and coastal processes.

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

18% of assessment is by exam, 70% 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
84%
med
Ocean sciences

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

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
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
87%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

Earth 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
90%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Engineering professionals
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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