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Swansea University

Geography

UCAS Code: F800

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

To include Geography or a related subject (eg. Sociology or World Development, Geology or Environmental Science; or an additional Science subject)

Access to HE (Science or Humanities): Pass with Distinction (27-24 Distinctions to include 3 in Geography or an appropriate subject, plus 15 Merits)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

To include 5 in Higher Level Geography

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

DDD-DDM

Plus A-Level Grade B in Geography or a related subject

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,C

To include Grade B in Geography (or related subject)

Requirements are as for A-Levels where you can substitute the same non-specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level core Grade

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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

98%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Physical geographical sciences

Most of our students take Single Honours BA or BSc Geography degrees. These allow you to choose what aspects of Geography you want to focus on as you move through the 3 years of study. All students study a set course of physical and human geography modules in Year One. BA and BSc Geography students choose from the same set of optional modules in Years Two and Three. Normally, students with more of an interest in Physical Geography and with Science subjects at A level (such as Biology or Computing) choose the BSc scheme, while students with more of an interest in Human Geography and with Arts subjects at A level (such as English, History or languages) choose the BA scheme, but the choice is yours. Other factors that might influence your choice of degree scheme include your eventual career path and your personal preference. Once you start at Swansea you can change between these two schemes up until the end of Year 2. Fieldwork is an important part of our teaching on the BSc Geography course, including an overseas field course in Year Two as well as fieldwork closer to home in all years. Swansea has been successfully training Geography graduates since the 1930s. We are one of the most well established Geography departments in the UK and, with over 30 academic staff, we are amongst the largest. Our well established reputation is noted by our excellent ratings for teaching, the student experience and world-class research. We offer a lively, friendly and rewarding environment in which to pursue a Geography degree. We offer numerous activities for work experience and a dedicated programme of activities designed to enhance your employability.

Modules

Year 1: 9 compulsory Geography modules plus 1 or 2 optional human geography or Geology modules. Year 2: 4 compulsory modules focusing upon formulating a research project, research methods and data analysis, and an international field course, plus 4-5 Geography modules selected from a range options. Year 3: 2 compulsory modules based around a dissertation project, plus 4 optional modules.

Assessment methods

On the BSc Geography course you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and field classes. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework, practical work, fieldwork and continuous assessment from tutorials. You will also complete a dissertation in Year Three.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Geography

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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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
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals
7%
Business, finance 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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