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University of Southampton

Geology with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: F602

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

BBB at A level to include no more than one science subject relevant to your application.

AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)

DDD

Distinction in all modules

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)

D*D*

D*D*+B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)

DD

DD + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 45 credits must be at Distinction. A core science Access to HE Diploma must be studied.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

M2, M2, M2 to include no more than one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Pass with overall score of 30 points, including 5 points in science/maths subjects. No more than one higher level science/maths subject permitted. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programmes (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at sfy@soton.ac.uk for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

H2, H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include no more than one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

DD + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

Distinctions in all mathematics and science modules

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

D*D*

D*D* + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D*

D*D* + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

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

DD

DD + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

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

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

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

DDD

Distinctions in all mathematics and science modules

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

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,C

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual's academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of the pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at sfy@soton.ac.uk for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,B

We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. (For example - S5 - S6 (2 years) - AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year) - ABBBB (A in specific subject) Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at sfy@soton.ac.uk for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

BBB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include no more than one relevant science subject.

UCAS Tariff

88-135

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

33%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Geology

The University of Southampton Science Foundation Year is designed to provide you with a route to a science degree if you do not have the traditional entry qualifications. This programme may suit you if you are studying for A levels in subjects different from those normally required for these degrees. It may also interest you if you are a mature applicant, with skills and experience from employment and can show recent study, or if you come from a part of the world where the education system is different from the British A level system. Successful completion of the year guarantees progression to the next stage of your degree. The year will develop your understanding of the principles on which the sciences are based and the mathematics underpinning these disciplines, and will enable you to apply scientific principles to solve problems. The full-time programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials, laboratory sessions and private study. Assessment is mainly by unseen written examination and a variety of coursework assignments.

Modules

Fundamentals of Biology; Fundamentals of Chemistry; Laboratories and Coursework; Mathematics for Scientists; Routes to Success

Assessment methods

We use a wide variety of assessment processes to encourage and test for learning. The final assessments are accomplished through coursework assignments and formal examinations. During the year there are plenty of opportunities for you to check your progress and improve your performance through oral feedback on your work at workshops and through in-class tests.

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
£17,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Ocean and Earth 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.

85%
med
Geology

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.

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

91%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

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.

Earth 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.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Geology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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