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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Geology
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
84% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers

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.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Highers of BBB plus Adv Higher at Grades A and B or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grade AB (Please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements before applying)

BTEC Diploma

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.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Applied Science National Extended Diploma with grades DDM which must include distinctions in all 7 mandatory science units

International Baccalaureate

33 points in total (6,5,5 at HL including one science)

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 81 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

This broad degree course covers all major aspects of geology. It is ideal if you want to keep your options open and are uncertain about your future career plans; a degree in geology provides the perfect gateway to a career in geoscience, postgraduate study, as well as general graduate employment. The course is accredited by the Geological Society of London . Our hands-on approach provides you with practical skills and ample opportunities to put what you've learned in to practice on field courses in the UK and abroad.


The University of Manchester

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As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.

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?

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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
26% 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
402 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% 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 84% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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