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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Human & social geography
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

UCAS tariff points

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104-120 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

BA Geography will equip you with a set of practical skills to understand and engage with the world, its people, communities and cultures. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? Investigate how we manage, support and conserve our environment with an emphasis on how certain entities serve to construct, maintain and develop global and local systems of wealth and disadvantage. Study in a department that scores consistently high in the National Student Satisfaction survey thanks to the valuable learning and employability opportunities we provide. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE We offer skills-led curriculum with an emphasis on employability. Regular guest speakers from the public, private and NGO sector help enrich the course while you will have the opportunity to attend fieldtrips in places such as Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda. You can also study abroad for a year at one of our link universities in Poland, Spain or France. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is for individuals interested in the world from a geological perspective and its relationship with human societies. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED BA Geography develops a wide range of transferrable skills valued by employers in communication, problem solving, decision making, team work and IT. AFTER THE COURSE A range of careers will be open to you including those in environmental management, business management, public services, local and central government, voluntary sector and NGOs, and teaching.


In the first year of your studies, you will be introduced to the breadth of human geography including environmental systems, environmental issues and management as well as research and fieldwork skills. In your second year, you can either choose to continue your studies on a broad basis or specialise in the aspects that interest you most. You’ll also get the chance to travel overseas for some field work. Specialise further in your final year, with a selection of study options depending on which geography pathway you choose and the chance to do your own independent research.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

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?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 85% 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


Staff value students' opinions



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
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
48% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
275 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
87% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
You want to take a classic subject that is ideally suited for the 21st Century jobs market? Try geography! There are two options for geography studies: this one is the human and social geography side (there is also an option for physical geography, a more science-based degree). There is a shortage of social science graduates with really good maths skills, and graduates from these disciplines who have them are in demand from modern industry. An ability to combine good data handling skills with good communication and social skills will really help start your career, and that's something a geography degree with a good stats component can really bring to the jobs market. That's why unemployment rates for the degree are much lower than average, and geography graduates from 2015 were twice as likely than graduates as a whole to be working in the business and finance industry, and average starting salaries were well above the national average. So if you take this subject, be sure to take your maths and stats modules, and keep your options open!
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