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University of Portsmouth

Geography

UCAS Code: F800

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

Entry requirements


112-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48, to include a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-50, to include a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

112-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Physical geography

**Overview**
If you’re interested in the physical nature, characteristics and environment of the world, you can couple your interest with professional skills on this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Geography degree course.

You’ll learn about the natural environment, how it was formed, what threatens it and how we can protect it. You’ll deepen your understanding of the world and develop professional skills in areas such as communication, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.

When you complete the course, you'll be prepared for a career in everything from environmental management to teaching and academic research.

You could earn more than the average graduate too – 5 years after graduation, female geography graduates earn 11.6% more than a typical female graduate and male graduates earn 2% more than a typical male graduate (Institute For Fiscal Studies, 2018).

This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society. This shows the teaching on this course is of the highest quality and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course, you’ll:
- Study physical geography, nature, and how environmental changes will affect the future of our planet

- Use high-powered tech in our labs, including laser survey technology, drones, GIS and photogrammetry equipment and environmental simulation cabinet

- Tailor your studies, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions

- Have the chance to experience some of the societies or landscapes you’re studying by doing field work

- Enrich your studies by hearing from guest speakers from public, private and non-profit sectors

- You can travel overseas for field work in places such as Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda and choose to study abroad at one of our link universities in Poland, Spain or France.

**Careers and opportunities**
**What can you do with a Geography degree?**
At the end of the course, you'll have many technical and professional skills you can use to start your career. Previous students have gone onto work in areas such as:
- environmental management

- business management

- public services

- teaching

- research

- What jobs can you do with a Geography degree?

**Roles our graduates have taken on include:**
- geographical information scientist

- environmental consultant

- spatial analyst

- coastal process scientist

- urban planner

- transport planner

Organisations graduates have gone on to work for include:
- Ordnance Survey

- Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

- IBM

- The Environment Agency

- You could also go on to study at postgraduate level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1 core modules in this year include: Academic Communication Skills, Environmental Processes and Hazards, Global Environmental Challenges, Practical Fieldwork Skills, Society and Place, Tools for Geographical Enquiry.
Year 2 core modules in this year include: Research Design and Analysis, Fieldwork and Professional Skills.
Options to choose from in this year currently include: Environmental Change, River Processes and Freshwater Ecology, Geographies of Development, GIS And Remote Sensing, Glaciers and Glaciation, Introduction to Teaching, Regional Economic Development and Inequality, Social Identities and Place, Sustainable Environmental Management.
Placement year (optional): On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Year 3 core modules in this year include: Independent Research.
Options to choose from in this year currently include: Cold Environments, Climate Change, Environmental Audit and Assessment, Conservation Biogeography, Creative Economy, People and Place, Environment and Development, Environmental Pollution and Waste Management, Geographical Information Systems in The Workplace, Geographies of Children and Young People, Geographies of Health and Urban Wellbeing, Hazardscapes

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through coursework, examinations, contributions to electronic discussion forums, web page design, posters, projects, presentations, portfolios.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
med
Physical geography

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.

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

Physical geographical 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.

£20,800
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Public services and other associate professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

There are two options for geography studies: the one we're talking about here is physical geography (there is also an option for geography courses with a more human or social steer). Like a lot of sciences, quite a few graduates in physical geography — about one in five — go on to further study, mainly for one-year Masters courses, and not just in geography, but in environmental sciences, conservation and in courses where we don't have enough graduates like planning and surveying. And in the world of work, graduates often go into environment, surveying and heritage work - and teaching. These are well-rounded degrees that help graduates get a range of useful skills and so careers such as marketing, business analysis, sports and management are also popular and it's often easy to convert or retrain once you have a geography degree.

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