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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 | 2019

Subject

Physical geography

From exploring landscapes and how they are shaped, to interpreting satellite Earth observation and GIS data, to monitoring environmental changes from Space, the study of geography is more relevant than ever. Both our BSc and BA Geography schemes will equip you with highly desirable practical, numerical and computational skills for a wide range of careers. These include regional planning, environmental management, local authority work, financial planning, computing or business and retail management. Our strong relationships with industry enable us to provide great work experience opportunities to enhance your employability. Swansea University is Welsh University of the Year and runner up for University of the Year (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2019). Our students rank us consistently highly in the National Student Survey (94% in 2018) and we are ideally placed to offer exceptional fieldwork opportunities. Just a short drive from the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Peninsula, you will have easy access to the Brecon Beacons, rural west Wales and the urban and industrial landscapes of South Wales. You'll also have an opportunity to carry out fieldwork overseas in Austria, Berlin, Malaysian Borneo, Mallorca or Vancouver. Through this degree, you will explore topical issues such as glacial environments and processes, climate change, meteorology and plate tectonics. You will be taught in our 4.2m state-of-the-art Science laboratories, in a vibrant and friendly department ranked 8th in the UK for research impact (REF 2014) and 20th for research quality (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2018). You'll have access to our high-performance computer lab for processing and interpreting satellite Earth observation and GIS data, a stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer, a climatic test chamber, mineral magnetic characterisation equipment and an automatic organic carbon analyser.You will learn from internationally renowned academics including Professor Tavi Murray, the first woman to be awarded Polar Medal by HM Queen, Professor Adrian Luckman, who has achieved global media coverage for his climate change research, Professor Peter North, who received international coverage of his work with NASA, and Professor Siwan Davies, whose work focuses on the dramatic changes to our climate. You can change between our BA and BSc schemes up until the end of Year 2. This degree is also offered as a four-year course, with a year in industry (F273) or a year abroad (F8R9)."I really enjoyed the variety of different subjects the geography degree offered. The care and passion that lecturers had was noticeable. The field trip to Sikkim was amazing and I learnt so many skills on the trip that have helped me a great deal going forward." - Louie Vaughan, BSc Geographyility.

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


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.

87%
med
Physical geography

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.

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

87%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

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

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

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
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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.

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.

£13k

£13k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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