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Swansea University

Geography with a Year Abroad

UCAS Code: F8R9
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Physical geographical sciences
  • Others in European languages, literature & related subjects
Student score
82% MED
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% employed or in further study
97% MED
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Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

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

Scottish Highers

To include Grade B in Geography (or related subject)

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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

International Baccalaureate

To include 5 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


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

Not available

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

The BSc Geography with a Year Abroad degree scheme allows students taking a Single Honours Geography scheme to study in a European University for one year (between Years Two and Three) under the Socrates-Erasmus student mobility programme currently sponsored by the European Union. The scheme is aimed at students who wish to maintain or develop their skills in an European language, whilst essentially studying for a single honours Geography scheme. You will be expected to take some modules in the language of your exchange institution in Years One and Two. Your third year will be spent studying Geography abroad at one of our partner institutions - currently Angers (France), Kiel (Germany), and Zaragoza (Spain). You will return to Swansea for your fourth, and final year of study; your degree is calculated on your performance in your second and fourth years, and you only have to pass the year abroad. We are actively seeking opportunities for an English-language year abroad option and these would be made available to current applicants/students once established. 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 have 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, student experience and research. We offer a lively, friendly and thriving environment in which to pursue a Geography degree. We offer numerous activities for work experience and internships and a dedicated programme of activities designed to enhance your employability.


Year 1: 9 compulsory modules plus 1 or 2 options out of a list of 4. Year 2: 4 compulsory modules plus 3-6 options from a list of 15. Year abroad. Year 3: 2 compulsory modules including a research project plus 4 options from a list of 13.

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

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
8% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals


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, 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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