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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

104-120

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Geology
Student score
76% LOW
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£20.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

40 points from a single Science subject, or 64 points from 2 Science subjects.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
MMD

Must be in a Science based subject.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
D*D*

Must be in a Science based subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MMD

Must be in a Science based subject.

International Baccalaureate
27

6 points from a single Higher level Science subject or 10 points from two Higher level Science subjects. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

UCAS tariff points
104-120

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

100%

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

£9,250

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

Our Geology course is accredited by the Geological Society of London and places great emphasis on practical learning and developing the skills for employment as a professional geologist. You will learn in a friendly and supportive environment with a structured tutorial programme across all three years, excellent fieldwork opportunities, student-led extra-curricular activities, refurbished and re-equipped teaching facilities, and strong links with industry. Your studies will be supported by field trips to give you real hands-on experience. Field work to the Bristol Channel, Isle of Wight, Scotland and Dorset will help you in the basics of field geology in your first year whilst a 9 day field trip to France and your second year will help you develop advanced techniques. Your third year includes a 9 day field course to the world-class geology of Cyprus.

Modules

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

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
30%
70%

Year 1

39%
61%

Year 2

24%
76%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
58%
21%
21%

Year 1

33%
49%
18%

Year 2

43%
55%
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 87%
Student score 76% LOW
Able to access IT resources

83%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

85%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

64%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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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
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
29% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
290 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
69% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £20.3k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

5%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

13%

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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