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University of Leicester

Applied and Environmental Geology

UCAS Code: F610
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Geology
Student score
89% MED
% employed or in further study
88% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

ABB. Two A-Levels must be from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Use of Mathematics or Physics.

Scottish Highers
Not Available


BTEC Diploma
Not Available

DD plus grade B from one A-Level.

International Baccalaureate

Two higher level subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Geography, Geology or Physics.

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


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


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

As a Leicester Geology student you will learn in a friendly, dynamic and supportive environment with academics at the forefront of Palaeobiology, Crustal Processes, Geophysics and Borehole research and teaching. All our degrees are accredited by the Geological Society of London, so you can be sure that youâ??ll be getting the best quality teaching. Extensive fieldwork opportunities, an active and vibrant student society, dedicated career development and superior facilities all contribute to a degree experience which will set you in good stead for your future career. Within our Department we have large, newly refurbished practical teaching areas, lecture theatres and a geological map library. Our award-winning collections of more than 120,000 rocks, minerals and fossils provide a key resource for our degrees. We have excellent ICT facilities, a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope, optical laboratories, a microprobe, palaeontological laboratories and seismic processing and interpretation workstations. We even have our own dinosaur! Jane the T Rex, a fully mounted skeleton outside our departmental office, is the only sub-adult specimen in Europe. We also manage the UK Environmental Geophysics Test Site and our Department is home to SEIS-UK, the UKâ??s national seismology research facility. We are a leading participant in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, the worldâ??s largest Earth science research project, providing professional advice and support worldwide. The flexibility and the choice of our degrees enables you to build a structured degree programme to match your interests and career aspirations. The F610 course will prepare you to meet the fundamental challenges of locating and managing Earth resources whilst minimising the environmental impact.


Years 1 and 2: The first two years are mostly common with the Geology degrees and provide you with a thorough grounding in geoscience. You develop knowledge of applied aspects of geology and environmental issues through specialist taught modules and your tutorials. An independent field-based project on an applied geology or environmental topic of your choice is initiated during the Second Year. Year 3: Modules include: Mineral deposits; environmental site investigation methods; petroleum reservoir petrophysics; environmental geoscience.

University of Leicester

Fielding Johnson Building

Leicester boasts so many attributes it is impossible to list them all, but students choose to study here because Leicester feels like home the moment you set foot on campus. Our Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree where you can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Our Students' Union is home to the O2 Academy Leicester bringing great bands and club nights to our building! 

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1


Year 2


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 96%
Student score 89% 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


Received sufficient advice and support



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
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
35% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
368 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
70% 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 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k LOW
Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are conservation and environment professionals


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


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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