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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Human & social geography
Student score
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
94% LOW
Average graduate salary
£21k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

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. 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.

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers

BTEC Diploma

Distinction, Distinction in a related subject plus one A-level grade B. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction in a related subject. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate

6,5,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


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.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


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
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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

Course description

While physical geographers look at the features and processes that make up our physical world, human geographers concern themselves with the ways in which humans interact with and are affected by our environment. Study Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll explore topics including culture, economics and geopolitics, developing an advanced understanding of our relationship with the planet. This flexible programme lets you tailor your learning through a variety of optional modules, allowing you to choose your perfect balance between the twin disciplines of human and physical geography. You’ll enjoy a range of fieldwork opportunities in the UK and abroad as part of a close, supportive community with an excellent staff-to-student ratio. Royal Holloway Department of Geography was ranked 2nd in the UK for research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014, which means you'll benefit from world-class research-led teaching from our expert academics. Graduate with a degree in Human Geography and you’ll enjoy strong employability prospects, with the portfolio of knowledge and skills you build during your studies making you an attractive prospect to employers in a variety of sectors. Recent Department of Geography graduates have gone on to careers in environmental conservation, media relations and more, and you will also be well placed to pursue postgraduate study. Enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities in locations currently including Andalusia, Cyprus, Malawi, London and New York. Join a department which has received the highest student satisfaction results in every National Student Survey (NSS) since 2011. Be part of a close student community and a supportive learning environment, with small group seminars and tutorials encouraging development and cooperation. Graduate with excellent employment prospects in a variety of fields.


Physical Geography 1 - Atmosphere, Oceans and the Geosphere, Physical Geography 2 - Biogeography, Ecology and Scales of Change, Human Geography 1 - Cultures, Economies, Histories, Human Geography 2 - Politics, Society, Development and Environments, Geographical Field and Research Training 1, Geographical Techniques 1, Digital Geographies - Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS, Geographical Techniques 2, Geographical Field Training 2, In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies

Royal Holloway, University of London

Founders building

Royal Holloway has one of the most beautiful campus settings in the UK - including the historic Founder's building at the centre of student life and modern academic and social facilities all within easy reach of London. Beyond the buildings there are acres of woodland and open spaces. Over 2,600 Royal Holloway students participate in 100 clubs and societies offered by the students' union.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
60% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
363 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% LOW
Average graduate salary £21k MED
Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other administrative occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
You want to take a classic subject that is ideally suited for the 21st Century jobs market? Try geography! There are two options for geography studies: this one is the human and social geography side (there is also an option for physical geography, a more science-based degree). There is a shortage of social science graduates with really good maths skills, and graduates from these disciplines who have them are in demand from modern industry. An ability to combine good data handling skills with good communication and social skills will really help start your career, and that's something a geography degree with a good stats component can really bring to the jobs market. That's why unemployment rates for the degree are much lower than average, and geography graduates from 2015 were twice as likely than graduates as a whole to be working in the business and finance industry, and average starting salaries were well above the national average. So if you take this subject, be sure to take your maths and stats modules, and keep your options open!
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