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University of Reading

Geography (Human and Physical)

UCAS Code: F841
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

94%

Subjects
  • Physical geographical sciences
Student score
81% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£21k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABB

Geography at A Level grade B required. Geography at grade B.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 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

94%

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

£9,000

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 world-leading academic staff carry out research across the UK, Europe and the USA but also in the rainforests of Liberia, the Andean mountains of Colombia, the shanty towns of Mozambique and the sand dunes of the Namib Desert. You can specialise in either human or physical geography from the beginning, or, on our most popular degree, develop a mix of both human and physical geography. Our courses are flexible and student-centred, allowing you to follow your interests within geography and in other related subjects across the University. Research opportunities and training are central to your experience with us and you will be able to collect and analyse your own data on one of our field trips to Naples, Almeria in Spain, Berlin and the island of Crete, as well as in our teaching laboratories. We offer award-winning teaching and innovative, problem-solving assessment methods, as well as practical skills development.

Modules

Year 1: Fundamental principles of human and physical geography; Optional Modules: European integration; geology; soil science; land planning and development; a language; law; management. Year 2: Philosophy and methodology in geography; field class; team projects; career development skills. Optional Modules - Seven of: Geographies of development; economic geography; geomorphological hazards; applied biogeography; environmental change; urban geography; historical geography; resources and the environment; energy resources; water resources; soil and environment; hydrological processes; approved module from another department. Year 3: Dissertation. Optional Modules: Glacial and periglacial geomorphology; dryland environments; water quality problems and management; ice sheets and climate change; sustainable development; tourism in the third world; mountain environments; managing environmental change

University of Reading

Wantage Hall

The University of Reading is based on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and is perfectly situated with excellent links around the country. Firm choice applicants are guaranteed a place in halls, all with individual character. The Students' Union has a good working relationship with the University and hosts the largest entertainment venue in the area plus the UK's largest SU shop.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
28%
72%

Year 1

29%
71%

Year 2

19%
81%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
35%
61%
4%

Year 1

8%
87%
5%

Year 2

19%
75%
6%

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 85%
Student score 81% MED
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

78%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Received sufficient advice and support

80%

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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
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
50% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
347 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
95% 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 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £21k HIGH
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors

17%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

13%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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. In the world of work, graduates often go into environment and heritage work, but also to general jobs in areas like marketing, business analysis and management, as these are well-rounded degrees that help graduates get a range of useful skills.
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