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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Geology
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k 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, with 40 points from a single Science subject, or 64 points from 2 Science subjects (Applied Science, Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

Must be in a Science based subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must be in a Science based subject.

International Baccalaureate

6 points from a single Higher level Science subject or 10 points from two Higher level Science subjects (Applied Science, Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics). 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, with 40 points from a single Science subject, or 64 points from 2 Science subjects (Applied Science, Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics).

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

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Course description

Understand how the Earth has evolved and how its resources may be exploited. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? 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. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE The course covers all aspects of geology. In your first year you start with a general introduction to geology (no prior knowledge assumed), covering formation of minerals and different rock types, geological mapwork, and evolution of the Earth and fossils. We have excellent facilities including a brand-new laboratory and new microscopes. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This degree is for those wanting a three year course and to go on to a wide range of geological jobs. The course assumes no prior knowledge of geology, but a passion and curiosity for understanding how the Earth works is essential. Students must be keen to develop the strong practical and scientific skills that will enable them to add value in employment. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED Through our mixture of practical and classroom-based work, you will develop important problem-solving, communication and IT skills. Field and laboratory work will help you develop teamwork and leadership. You will also plan and organise your own final year independent project that will involve considerations of health and safety, ethics and resource management. Acquisition of all these transferable skills and knowledge will make you an excellent candidate for a wide range of careers. AFTER THE COURSE Recent graduates have gone on to work in the extractive minerals industry and mining, oil and gas sectors, geological engineering, teaching, and further study at masters and PhD levels.


In your first year you will receive a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of geoscience. In the second year you will develop your knowledge and benefit from UK and overseas field work that is a vital component of any geoscience degree. In your final year you will customise and consolidate your studies. You'll also undertake an independent project and an overseas field course.

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 89%
Student score 83% 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
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
7% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are engineering professionals


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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