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Staffordshire University

Geography (Physical)

UCAS Code: F840

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Other A Level combinations possible to achieve 112 points. Minimum of 2 A Levels, can be combined with other Level 3 qualifications eg. AS levels/Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points

Access Pass Access with 15 credits at Pass Some courses require credits in specific subject areas.

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points

HNC (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.

HND (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Made up of 6 components - usually comprising of 3 subjects at 'higher level' and 3 at 'standard' level. Opportunity to add on to points with extended essay and theory of knowledge. All the above attract UCAS points. Potential to meet the points by not passing all six component of qualification

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

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

D*D*

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

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

DMM

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBCCC) are required.

UCAS Tariff

112

We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field. Don't worry if you can't see your specific qualification listed, just contact our team of experts on 01782 294400 or email us at enquiries@staffs.ac.uk for further advise

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Physical geography

Geography is a dynamic and exciting subject, focusing on global issues such as climate change, social justice, poverty, water distribution, energy, biodiversity, pollution as well as the regional and local impacts of these drivers on us, our society and our culture. Our Physical Geography degree lets you discover the processes and phenomena that help shape the natural world. It allows you to focus on the physical side of the discipline right from the outset and does not require you to study human geography modules in your first year.
This course is ideal if you are fascinated by the structure of the Earth and its landforms. You will explore fluvial, coastal and glacial processes with a focus on the tectonic and volcanic processes that shape our planet. You will study physical and applied topics including: natural hazards, human evolution, land use change and human impacts on the oceans, soils and forests. In your second year, you can supplement your core physical geography with either field ecology or landscape archaeology. You will also be encouraged to apply your skills to contemporary issues of sustainability and how globalisation, inequality and power are impacting on our physical environment. Fieldwork is very important in physical geography and your academic activity will be supported by a range of outdoor learning in soils, hydrology, geology and ecology. These include residentials in the Peak District, Snowdonia and Anglesey in North Wales as well as an international field course to Spain. Option modules currently offer additional fieldwork opportunities in the Scottish Highlands and Norway.
Why study Physical Geography at Staffordshire University?
• We have highly satisfied students – achieving 100% (2016) and 95% (2017) in the National Student Survey
• You are taught by accessible, enthusiastic and friendly experts: we are all Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, 3 of us are Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society, 1 is a Chartered GIS specialist and we have a National Teaching Fellow. We are nationally-recognised for our teaching excellence and our staff are engaged in a range of exciting and relevant research in the UK and overseas.
• Our classes are small, meaning we get to know all our students quickly. We can tailor our support to your individual learning needs.
• We have fantastic facilities including: industry standard Environment laboratories, GIS laboratories and computing facilities, a 24-hour library and our own Nature Reserve on campus too.
• We are passionate about fieldwork – all of our core fieldwork is included in your fees. This includes a 3 day UK residential in your 1st year, a 5 day UK residential in your 2nd year, as well as a 6 day trip to Barcelona in your final year. These main fieldwork events are supplemented by a range of day trips to support learning in both human and physical geography.
• Physical Geographers currently have the option to undertake training in Ecology and Conservation Biology or Landscape Archaeology, taught by experts from Biology and the Staffordshire University Centre for Archaeology.
• Our city-edge campus in Stoke-on-Trent is modern and attractive and borders its own nature reserve on the River Trent. We’re right next to the main railway station meaning a 2-minute walk for train commuters, whilst the beautiful Grade 1 listed Hanley Park is around the corner from our main site.
• We are highly accessible, being situated in the middle of the UK, whilst bordering some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. The Peak District National Park is only 25 minutes from site.

Modules

Year 1 (Core) * The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geography * Geology and Landscapes * Global Challenges * Ecology * Geographical Skills and Tutorials * World Regional Geography
Year 2 (Core) * This Changing Earth * Advanced Practical and Fieldwork Skills for Geographers * Geographers in the Real World * Project Preparation and Planning (Option) Choose between Ecology and Field Biology OR Landscape Archaeology
Year 3 (Core) * Advanced Geography Fieldwork (Spain) *Independent Research Project OR Workplace Project *Ice Age Britain PLUS 3 Options which may include: Advanced GIS *The Geomorphology of Cold Environments * Cities and the Physical Environment *Research Assistantship *Conservation Biology

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)

Department:

Creative Arts and Engineering

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Physical geographical sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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UK students
0%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
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.

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Teaching and educational professionals
15%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Physical geography

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

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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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