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Swansea University

Human Geography

UCAS Code: L720

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (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)

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

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.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Human geography

From understanding how landscapes are shaped, to how populations move and interact, to the impact climate change has on us, the study of geography has never been more relevant.

If your interest lies especially in human geography, this scheme is an excellent choice; if you have a more general interest in geography, you may prefer our BA or BSc in Geography schemes. All 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 (95% 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 Berlin, New York or Vancouver.
Through this degree, you will explore topical issues including the processes that shape the global economy, mobility and migration, creative geographies and political geography.

This degree is also offered as a four-year course, with a year in industry (L987).
"I loved my degree. I was always fascinated in the wonders of the World and what made it tick. Geography helps you look at the World with an analytical eye. It forces you to weigh up evidence and come to conclusions and question the origin of things. Journalism is exactly the same."
- Melanie Bromley, BA (Hons) Geography, West Coast bureau chief of American Celebrity Magazine US Weekly

**We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.**

Modules

In Year 1 you'll study several compulsory modules covering topics such as global environmental change, people place and nation, global shifts, colonial and postcolonial geographies, mobilities and migration and urban geography. You will then choose from optional modules covering geographical skills and methods, writing skills and personal development planning, and topics such as sustainability, Earth's changing face and geology.
In Year 2, you'll choose from a range of optional modules covering data analysis, approaches to human geography and conducting social research, and topics such as geographic information systems, creative geographies, boundaries and connections, political geographies and urban modelling. You'll also have an opportunity to take part in an overseas field trip.
In Year 3, you'll undertake your dissertation and choose from a range of optional modules covering topics such as migration, security and humanism, contemporary rural Britain, geographies of national identity, capital and labour in the 21st century, World cities and environmental modelling. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake an interdisciplinary field trip to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim).

Assessment methods

On the BA Human 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%
high
Human 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.

Human geography

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

81%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

Human geography

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

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

Human 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.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£21k

£21k

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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