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University of Birmingham

Environmental Geology

UCAS Code: F630
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

83%

Subjects
  • Geology
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

At least one science A level subject from Geology, Geography, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Statistics, Electronics, Environmental Studies, Computing or Psychology

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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

83%

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

£9,250

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

Birmingham academics are making a major contribution to our understanding of the planetâ??s environment, both past and present. The research-led teaching on our flexible degree course ensures an inspirational and enquiry-based learning environment in the classroom, lab and field. You will graduate as a highly employable, independent global citizen with a broad range of transferable skills. Our Environmental Geology programme is accredited by the Geological Society of London and includes extensive fieldwork in the UK and abroad.

Modules

Years 1 and 2: Earth's internal processes and plate tectonics; external processes and sedimentary rock formation; geological materials; minerals and their chemistry and structure; rocks and processes of formation; geochemistry; geological maps; palaeontology and the history of life; geological time and earth history; sedimentary geology; hydrogeology and water pollution; environmental issues; hydrology and water resources; fluvial processes; climatic change; data handling; fieldwork in UK and abroad. Years 3 and 4: Earth history; quaternary geology; natural hazards; environmental geochemistry; environmental management; wide choice of options; advanced project work in year 4; advanced fieldwork.

University of Birmingham

Students outside campus

Steeped in history the University of Birmingham has a community campus vibe whilst being on the doorstep to the centre of the UK's second city. And because all students studying at Birmingham become automatic members of the Guild of Students you'll have many chances to develop skills outside of study, have fun, and meet like-minded people.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
29%
71%

Year 1

27%
73%

Year 2

23%
77%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
62%
26%
12%

Year 1

26%
71%
3%

Year 2

27%
70%
3%

Year 3

Course accreditation

Accredited by the Geological Society for the purpose of partially meeting the experience requirement for Chartered Geologist. Geological Society

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 91%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

75%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

70%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

83%

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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
17% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
41% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
375 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
85% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 £18.5k MED
Graduates who are conservation and environment professionals

7%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

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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