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University of Aberdeen

Geography and Geoscience

UCAS Code: FF68
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Geology
  • Human & social geography
Student score
78% LOW
84% MED
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
£22k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-BBB

A minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB - at least 2 from science or maths subjects. To be considered for entry into Second Year, a minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, with AB from 2 science or maths subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours - an A in the subject for Single Honours or AB in the subjects for Joint Honours).

Scottish Highers
AABB

A minimum of 4 H at AABB (C at AH may substitute for B at H) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5H at AAABB obtained over 2 sittings. Must achieve at least BB from two science or mathematics subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers
ABB

For Second Year entry a minimum of 3 AH at ABB, a minimum of two must be Science or Maths subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours).

BTEC Diploma
DDD

Science.

International Baccalaureate
32

A minimum of 32 points, with a minimum of 5 points at HL required from 2 science or maths subjects. For Second Year entry: a minimum of 34 points with a minimum of 6 at HL in the subject(s) nominated for Honours.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 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

100%

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

Modules

Geography: Level 1: Principles of geography introduces basic geographical concepts in physical, human and regional geography. Applications of geography: demonstrates the relevance of these concepts to the understanding and solution of such contemporary problems as economic underdevelopment and environmental degradation. Level 2: 3 courses in human geography, physical geography and in the interaction between people and environment build upon the foundations laid at Level 1; course in mapping the environment examines cartography, aerial photography and survey techniques. Levels 3 and 4: Programme is based mainly on a number of optional courses, allowing students to specialise according to their interests within the discipline; certain core courses in geographical methods and research design are taken by all students who must also prepare and submit a dissertation on an approved topic. Geoscience: Level 1: Rock-forming processes; major geological features; earth history and evolution; rock, mineral and fossil identification; interpretation of geological maps and structures. Level 2: Students must follow a prescribed programme of courses from the following range: environmental geology; the description and classification of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks; classification and identification of minerals; sedimentology of major environments; systematic palaeontology. Level 3: Courses cover a wide range of geological topics from integrated themes such as earth structure and history to specialist and applied aspects such as petroleum geology, geochemistry, sedimentology, palaeontology and ores. Level 4: A range of advanced courses; either independent field mapping project or literature-based project.

University of Aberdeen

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest UK universities, offering over 600 undergraduate courses. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Physical Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A place in halls is normally guaranteed to first-year students on or within walking distance of the main teaching site.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
24%
76%

Year 1

29%
71%

Year 2

36%
64%

Year 3

11%
89%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
41%
46%
13%

Year 1

31%
64%
5%

Year 2

31%
65%
4%

Year 3

6%
82%
12%

Year 4

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 85%
Student score 78% LOW
Able to access IT resources

75%

Staff made the subject interesting

88%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

30%

Feedback on work has been prompt

53%

Staff are good at explaining things

97%

Received sufficient advice and support

61%

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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
22% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
34% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
404 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
67% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% 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 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

5%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK is officially short of geologists of many different kinds, but we produced a few more than usual last year. We're not the only country in need of good geologists, which is why one in nine UK geology graduates left the country in 2012 to work – and the average starting salary for a UK geology graduate getting a job abroad was nearly £35,000 – rising to over £50,000 in Australia - which compares very favourably with other degrees. And with oil, gas and mining all very big business, and geologists vital to those industries, good geologists will be in demand for a while yet.
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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 94%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

75%

Staff made the subject interesting

88%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

47%

Staff are good at explaining things

86%

Received sufficient advice and support

68%

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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
18% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
56% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
476 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% 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 £22k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

10%

Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors

10%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are two options for geography studies: this one is the human and social geography side (there is also an option for physical geography, a more science-based degree). There is a shortage of social science graduates with really good maths skills, and graduates from these disciplines who have them are in demand from modern industry. An ability to combine good data handling skills with good communication and social skills will really help start your career, and that's something a geography degree with a good stats component can really bring to the jobs market. It's also why unemployment rates for the degree are much lower than average, and a lot of geography graduates start their careers in sought-after jobs in the business and finance industry – so if you take this subject, be sure to take your maths and stats modules.
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