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University of Reading

Geography (Physical)

UCAS Code: F840

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Geography at grade B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

to 15 Level 3 Units at Distinction and 30 Level 3 Units at Merit, including relevant Geography units or A Level in Geography at grade B.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

Geography at grade 5 at Higher Level

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

DDM

including relevant Geography modules or A Level in Geography at grade B.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B-A,B,B,B,B


Geography at grade B

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Physical geography

Physical geographers study processes that shape the ecological world around us.

Learn through a mixture of engaging field classes and technical training in laboratory skills, with plenty of support from our academics.

Take part in field classes to Berlin, Naples and the island of Crete to experience field-based research. These trips are subsidised but additional costs are involved; you will be guaranteed a place on at least one field trip. We are also developing field trips to Iceland, Africa and Latin America.

In your final year, you will be able to specialise in the areas that are interesting and important to you. Previous students have studied climate change and water pollution, for example. You will have the support and expertise of world renowned academics from other departments and can work on real research projects.

Choose to take a full year of study abroad or professional experience, as part of your degree – usually between your second and third year of study. Recent destinations for study abroad year include Melbourne, Australia and Ottawa, Canada.

This course provides opportunities for you to work with partner organisations on research projects. Recent examples include Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Reading Borough Council, the Earth Trust, Reading Buses and West Berkshire Wildlife Group.

You will also benefit from the links that members of staff have with industry and with external organisations such as NGOs, local authorities, and government departments.

The department runs one of the most successful Erasmus+ study abroad schemes in the UK and enjoys active links with approved partner universities in Europe. In the autumn term of your final year, you will have the chance to study abroad for a term – either in the Netherlands (Groningen), Denmark (Aarhus), or Norway (University of Bergen or Svalbard). All classes are conducted in English and bursaries are available to help with travel and accommodation costs.

**Careers**

91% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE survey, 2016–17). Our degrees give you the specific and general transferable skills needed for a range of careers in areas such as renewable energy, wildlife conservation, urban and transport planning, biodiversity and climatology. You will also be well-placed for a career in areas such as surveying and architecture.

You can undertake a work or research placement as part of your course, and there are numerous opportunities to work on research projects with partner organisations such as Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Reading Borough Council, the Earth Trust and Natural England.

Recent placement and internship projects involved neighbourhood regeneration, resilience and sustainability, food and consumerism in the media and responses to epidemics in poorer countries. Enhance your degree with a full year of professional experience between your second and third year of study.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

• Tropical rainforests, climate and lost civilisations

• Air pollution: effects and control

• Geological resources

• Iceland expeditionary fieldclass

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£19,815
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

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.

77%
low
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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

65%
Library resources
58%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
8%
Public services and other 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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