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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-136

% applicants receiving offers

98%

Subjects
  • Physical geographical sciences
Student score
90% HIGH
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£16.6k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-AAB

Geography or a related subject (for example Sociology, World Development, Geology, Environmental Science or an additional Science subject)

Scottish Highers
ABBBC

Geography (or a related subject) grade B

BTEC Diploma
DDD

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

International Baccalaureate
34

6 in Higher Level Geography

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

98%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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 at Level One. BA and BSc Geography students choose from the same set of optional modules at Levels 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 Level 2. Fieldwork is an important part of our teaching on the BSc Geography course, including an overseas field course in Level Two as well as fieldwork closer to home at all levels. 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: Earth in action; Earthâ??s changing face; global environmental change; people, place and nation; global shifts; sustainability in a fragile world; geographical skills; geographical methods: field-based project; geographical writing skills and personal planning. Optional modules: an introduction to world development; moving worlds; amgylchedd Cymru. Year 2: geographical fieldwork skills: Austria or Mallorca or Vancouver or New York; either environmental research methods or social research methods and data analysis; either approaches to physical geography or approaches to human geography. Optional modules: environmental change; land surface processes and patterns; fluvial geomorphology and hydrology; dangerous earth; social and cultural geography; evolution of the third world city; regional economic development and policy; social development processes and applications; boundaries and connections in social geography; introduction to geographical information systems; the earth from space; geological record of environmental change; applied hydrogeology. Year 3: dissertation. Optional modules: humid tropic environments and landscapes; reconstructing quaternary environments; climate of the last 1000 years; glaciology; plate tectonics and global geophysics; environmental modelling; geographies of forced migration and asylum; geographies of national identity; new industrial spaces; city visions; global cities; contemporary rural Britain; geographical frontiers; geographical work placement.

Swansea University

Singleton Campus

Swansea University offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. A modern approach to learning is backed by excellent facilities and high standards of teaching. Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, Swansea surely offers one of the best university locations in the world.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
21%
79%

Year 1

25%
75%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
63%
27%
10%

Year 1

34%
63%
3%

Year 2

33%
67%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 99%
Student score 90% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

88%

Library resources are satisfactory

97%

Feedback on work has been helpful

72%

Feedback on work has been prompt

64%

Staff are good at explaining things

97%

Received sufficient advice and support

88%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
42% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
322 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £16.6k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are secretarial and related occupations

5%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

16%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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. In the world of work, graduates often go into environment and heritage work, but also to general jobs in areas like marketing, business analysis and management, as these are well-rounded degrees that help graduates get a range of useful skills.
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