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Geography, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Study the natural world and learn about the impact humans have on the environment
  • Explore geographic issues from the perspectives of natural, physical and social science
  • Fieldwork in the UK and abroad

Overview

Overview

BSc Hons Geography degree students study the natural world and learn about the impact humans have on the environment. The variety of skills geography graduates acquire makes them attractive to a wide range of employers. 

Degree structure

In the first year, students follow courses that explore geographic issues from the perspectives of natural, physical and social science. In Years 2 and 3 they specialise in physical geography courses. The dissertation provides the opportunity to study a topic of particular interest in considerable depth. 

Fieldwork in the UK and abroad

Fieldwork is an essential part of the programme, with trips funded by the department. Trips have included visits to the New Forest, Lake District and Spain. Successful completion of at least 36 weeks of the optional work placement will result in the award of a Diploma of Industrial Study. 

As a current member of the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, we have collaborative arrangements with universities in the Netherlands, Italy and France, giving you the opportunity to study abroad for a period of time. We expect that the university will participate in Erasmus+ at least until the UK leaves the European Union. For the latest information, please visit our Erasmus+ page.

Ranking

Our geography and environmental science degrees are ranked:

  • First among London universities for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Within the UK's top 10 for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Outcomes

The aims of this programme are:

  • To provide you with an understanding of the natural and physical environment, including the Earth's landforms, rivers, oceans, atmosphere, flora and fauna
  • To provide an understanding of sustainability and the impact of human activity on the natural environment
  • To train you in the principal techniques of investigation and data analysis employed in physical geography.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical Offer: 112 Points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate

Subjects:

  • A-level: 32 Points from Geography (or related science subject)
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 32 Points from A-level Geography (or related science subject – as above)
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science

Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree, with which you may be able to enter this degree in Year 2 or later.

For more information, contact  courseinfo@gre.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through exams, coursework and fieldwork.

Careers

The range of skills acquired by geography graduates makes them attractive to a wide range of employers. Career opportunities include roles in regeneration, conservation, environmental consultancies, natural resource/environmental management, non-governmental organisations, the civil service, information services, teaching and other education related areas.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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