What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
124-points from a min of two Science A levels to inc B from at least one of the Science subjects including: Biology, Maths/Use of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Applied Science, Geography, Geology or Technology. 128 points from a min of one Science A level to inc B from one Science subject including: Biology, Maths/Use of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Applied Science, Geography, Geology or Technology. Excluding General Studies
Any Science subject.
Science related subject.
30 overall to include 5 at HL in two science related 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
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 124-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers94%
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
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
â?¢Sharpen your research skills working alongside staff on a research or industry-related project, with the potential to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. â?¢Refine your skills - 100 per cent of the final year is taught at masters-level. â?¢Broaden your geological knowledge by attending our research seminar series. 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?¢Learn from the experience and expertise of our highly qualified staff. The varied teaching practices range from seminars and tutorials to practical classes and workshops. 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?¢Take the opportunity to spend your second or third 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.
Year 1 modules: earth materials; geological maps and structural geology; geosystems; palaeontology and stratigraphy; the dynamic earth. Year 2 modules: geological fieldwork; geospatial techniques; preparation for a year long work placement in earth sciences; sedimentology and palaeontology; stratigraphy and earth history; structural and metamorphic geology and structures; magmas and volcanoes. Year 3 modules: optional placement in earth sciences. Year 4 modules: advanced geological fieldwork; advanced palaeontology and sedimentology; earth science professional case studies; geological information systems (GIS) and remote sensing; igneous and volcanic processes and tectonics. Final year modules: advanced analytical skills; geoscience frontiers; research and communication; advanced fieldwork.
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
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- Independent study
How you'll be assessed
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- Written exams
- Practical exams
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