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University of Plymouth

Physical Geography and Geology

UCAS Code: FF86

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

Entry requirements


112 - 120 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels with 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

Considered in combination

Pass a Science based Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at merit in science.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27-28

To include 4 at Higher Level Science subjects

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

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

To include relevant science subjects: Biology, Maths/Use of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Applied Science, Geography, Geology or Technology. English and Maths considered within

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

DMM

Science related subject required

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Range from 112 to 120 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers to include a Grade C in a relevant science subject: Biology, Maths/Use of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Applied Science, Geography, Geology or Technology.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112 - 120 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels with 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

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

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Geology

Physical geography

Are you interested in exploring how the Earth and its landscapes have changed over tens of millions of years or developing an understanding of natural hazards? Physical geography and geology examines how the Earth’s surface is shaped by natural and human processes. You'll gain a scientific appreciation of areas including climate change, glaciology and volcanic eruptions, and develop a range of laboratory and field skills in diverse, international settings.

You will undertake fieldwork in a range of exciting locations: Iceland, Sicily, Spain and Cyprus, developing and expanding your scientific and transferable skills. You will also progress your skills at your own pace using our open access laboratory, LABplus. You can spend your second year of study abroad, studying in Canada, Australia, USA or Europe through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes.

* Receive essential field equipment and e-books for free as part of your degree package at the start of your first term.

* Benefit from world-class teaching from our research-active geology and geography staff members, ensuring your learning is always current.

* Study modules dedicated to addressing the connection between physical geography and geology, such as ‘long-term landscape development’.

* Take part in fieldwork in a range of exciting locations such as Iceland, Sicily, Spain and Cyprus to develop and expand your subject specific and transferable skills. You can follow a route through this course where all compulsory residential fieldwork costs are met from tuition fees, though some fieldwork options may require additional funding.

* Progress your skills in our open access laboratory, LABplus.

* Work towards becoming a Chartered Geologist, our accreditation by the Geological Society helps you to gain the required experience. The world’s oldest and most prestigious national learned society for geology.

* Develop skills further by applying to spend Year 2 studying abroad in Canada, Australia, USA or Europe through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes.

Modules

In your first year, you'll build a foundation in physical geography and geology to understand mineral- and rock-forming processes. Core modules include Earth history and structure, the fossil record, biogeography, geomorphology, and surface processes. Laboratory classes will help you develop a range of key analytical skills and you’ll acquire essential field skills in the diverse landscapes of south-west England.

In your second year, you’ll study Earth surface systems and a range of techniques and methods in physical geography and geology - developing your field skills in the dramatic environments of southern Spain. Core geological modules and the specialist long term landscape development module build on knowledge developed in your first year, while a range of physical geography options allow you to develop your physical geography knowledge in areas that interest you. You can choose to develop your skills further by applying to spend this year studying abroad in Canada, Australia, USA or Europe through our direct exchange, Erasmus or ISEP programmes.

In your final year, you will undertake an independent field- or laboratory-based project for your honours dissertation, which is supported by a programme of professional skills development. You’ll also develop specialist knowledge and skills through a wide range of final year option modules spanning the spectrum of geology and physical geology, ranging from geohazards to coastal zone management. Develop advanced field skills during a field course in Iceland, Sicily or 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.

Assessment methods

22% of assessment is by exam, 61% by coursework, 17% is practical.

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.

85%
med
Geology
88%
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.

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

91%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
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

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

94%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
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.

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?

The market for geologists is has been quite linked to the oil industry for some time now, and the drop in the price of oil has meant the industry has stopped recruiting as many people for the time being. Geologists are still in demand, though, so the main effect has been to reduce the opportunities - and salaries - for geologists working abroad. At home, the oil industry remains a big employer, and so are the mining, civil engineering, construction and consultancy industries, with geology graduates working as geologists, geophysicists, civil engineers and environmental professionals.

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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