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Royal Holloway, University of London

Geology with a Year in Industry

UCAS Code: F603

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

ABB including a Science subject Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry, plus a Pass in the practical element of both subjects General Studies and Critical thinking A-levels are not accepted At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics are also required.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Pass in a relevant subject with at least 15 level 3 credits in Science units at Distinction and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Applicants with the Cambridge Pre-U are strongly encouraged to apply to Royal Holloway. Offers will be made on the basis of equivalent A-Level grades as follows: D3 = A, M1 or M2 = B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

6,5,5 at Higher Level, including a 5 at Higher Level in an acceptable Science subject, with a minimum of 32 points overall. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including H3 in one acceptable Science subject. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DD

Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject plus one A-level grade B in an acceptable Science subject. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

Distinction plus two A-levels grades BB including one A-level in an acceptable Science subject. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a Science subject. Substantial Maths content is required. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

ABB including an acceptable Science subject. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

AABBB including an acceptable Science subject. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

71%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Geology

Geology holds the key to some of our most profound questions, from the origins of our planet to the root of countless physical processes and even the optimum conditions for life itself.

Study Geology with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London and develop your understanding of the physical Earth and the dynamic processes that alter and change our environment.

This flexible programme includes a year in industry, during which you’ll gain experience in an industrial workplace and build valuable connections to take with you into your future career.

You’ll study in a dynamic department which is consistently rated among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016). Our renowned research culture means that our teaching is informed by leading research, providing you with cutting-edge knowledge and active industry links.

The Department of Earth Sciences has a supportive, friendly and community-focussed approach and this is reflected in the consistently high satisfaction scores from our students. Participating in exciting fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas will develop your scientific understanding and practical hands-on experience.

Study this rewarding programme and you’ll be well equipped with a diverse transferrable skillset to make you a highly employable prospect in a range of industries. Our alumni have secured jobs in petroleum geology, geotechnical engineering and other related sectors, so let your passion for Geology lead you towards a fulfilling career.

+ Spend a year in industry and gain vital career experience while establishing valuable industry connections.

+ Benefit from a pioneering research culture, with 94% of Department of Earth Sciences research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent – no.2 in the UK. (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

+ Graduate with a Geology degree from a department consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016).

+ Enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities in the UK and Europe.

+ Gain a practical skillset geared towards a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields.

Modules

Global Tectonics, Introductory Sedimentology, Igneous and Metamorphic Geology 1, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Earth Structures, Introductory Palaeontology, Scientific and Geological Field Skills, Stratigraphy and the History of Life, Regional Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Geology 2, Geochemistry, Advanced Scientific and Geological Field Skills.

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available

Assessment methods

Teaching and learning is mostly by means of practical classes, which comprise 60% of the timetabled study time. Lectures are used to introduce material and provide a context for private study, while tutorials supplement and reinforce knowledge and understanding. Field and laboratory project work carried out as individuals or in teams are valuable opportunities for students to develop in-depth knowledge of specialist areas and help bring the syllabus to life.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the chosen course units. Coursework can include literature research reports, fieldwork and laboratory exercises and reports, oral presentations and independent dissertations. In the final year you will produce an independent geological map and write a research report with individual guidance from your tutor.

The first year is foundational and marks do not count towards your final degree. The second year, optional year abroad and final year marks do count, with the final year marks being more heavily weighted in order to reward progress and achievement.

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
International
£15,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Holloway, University of London

Department:

Earth 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.

90%
high
Geology

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

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

89%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B
387

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.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
66%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
7%
Natural and social science professionals
7%
Sales, marketing 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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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