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Swansea University

Physical Geography (with a year in industry)

UCAS Code: F931

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)

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

To include 5 in Higher Level Geography

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

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)

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

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Physical geography

The Geography with a Year in Industry scheme is aimed at students who are particularly driven to enhance their employability through a period of work experience as part of a 4 year programme of study. You will follow our set BSc Physical Geography programme in Year 1, with a mixed curriculum of human and physical geography but with the emphasis on Physical Geography. In Year 2 you will pick the Physical core and will normally be expected to specialise entirely in Physical Geography (although some modules cross the human-physical divide). Year in Industry students also undertake employability-related programmes in years 1 and 2, and are also required to maintain a specified level of overall attainment (currently 60% and 65% in years 1 and 2 respectively) in order to progress. Whilst the onus is on the applicant to find a placement for the third year, we have dedicated staff available to help, and we also aim to provide some paid placements on a competitive basis. Year 3 is spent on a placement and Year 4 is back in Swansea. Your degree is calculated on your work in your second and fourth years of study.

Modules

Please see our website for details: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/science/geography/bsc-physical-geography-with-a-year-in-industry-f931/#modules=is-expanded

Assessment methods

On the BSc Physical 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.

82%
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

83%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D
322

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.

£21,000
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Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Conservation and environment 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.

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

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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