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University of Manchester

Geology with Planetary Science

UCAS Code: F6F5

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Grades ABB which must include either Mathematics or Physics.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at level 3: 15 credits at Distinction in physics or maths, and 30 credits at Merit

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

A-B

A or B in Welsh Baccalaureate in combinaton with two A-levels. Actual required grade will be determined by the overall entry requirements for the course applied for.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D3,M1

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. D3, M1/M2, M1/M2 in Pre-U principle subjects, or D3 or M1 Cambridge Pre-U in combination with two A-levels at AB. Required grades will be determined by the combination of A levels and Pre-U subjects being studied. Maths or physics is required at either A level or Pre-U.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics at grade C minimum or grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

33 points in total (6,5,5 at HL including maths or physics)

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

H2H2H3H3H3 including two science subjects one of which must be maths or physics

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DM plus an additional maths or physics A level at grade A

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D plus an additional two A levels (AB) one of which must be maths or physics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

DM

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DM plus an additional two A levels (AB) one of which must be maths or physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DM

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DM plus A Level maths or physics at grade A. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D,D,D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus 2 A Levels one of which must be maths or physics at grade A. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

D,D,D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades D plus 2 A Levels one of which must be maths or physics at grade A. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

We normally require grades BBB in Scottish Highers taken by the end of S5. In addition, Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required: Two advance highers at grades A and B which must include maths or physics, or one advance higher in maths or physics and two highers at grades A and B English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B

We normally require grades BBB in Scottish Highers taken by the end of S5. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

UCAS Tariff

81-128

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

57%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Geology

Astronomy

Learn about the formation of the solar system and how the Earth and other planets have evolved since their formation 4.5 billion years ago.
This degree course integrates the major subjects studied in a geology degree with aspects of physics and astronomy. It includes specialist study of comparative planetology, extraterrestrial materials, the formation of the elements and the origin of the solar system. Graduates can pursue careers in geology or undertake further study to become planetary science researchers.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£22,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2018/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B
402

Astronomy

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A
516

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
59%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Conservation and environment professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The market for geologists is has been quite linked to the oil industry for some time now, and the drop in the price of oil has meant the industry has stopped recruiting as many people for the time being. Geologists are still in demand, though, so the main effect has been to reduce the opportunities - and salaries - for geologists working abroad. At home, the oil industry remains a big employer, and so are the mining, civil engineering, construction and consultancy industries, with geology graduates working as geologists, geophysicists, civil engineers and environmental professionals.

Astronomy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
46%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Engineering professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
5%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Not a lot of people study astronomy as a first degree, and if you want to be one of the small number of people who start work as an astronomer - often overseas - every year, you will need a doctorate — so at least a third of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market - their good technical, data and maths skills taking them into IT and business especially. However, if you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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