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BA(Hons)

Geography

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
L700
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Geography and Environmental Management
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time, sandwich
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Andrew Tallon
Key fact:
Study our BA(Hons) Geography course which consistently achieves high student satisfaction rates and is nationally recognised for the quality of its teaching.

Page last updated 16 June 2017

Introduction

Why BA(Hons) Geography?

Striving for environmental sustainability through careful stewardship of our environment has led to an increasing need for cohesive and equitable strategies concerning natural resource management, human migration, healthcare, and wealth distribution. There are many differing facets to this, but working towards policies which strengthen the environment can ensure communities have access to food, energy and healthcare and support economic growth. Studying geography will enable you to understand these issues and how they might be addressed.

Why study our course? 

On the course, you will examine the globalisation of economies and cultures and the environmental and sustainability challenges relating to natural resources, ecosystems and societies. The course focuses on understanding the causes and nature of economic, social and environmental problems and how policy and decision-making processes can address these issues.

As you progress, you can tailor the course to your specific geographical interests with options including the regeneration of 21st century cities, rural geographies, international tourism development, renewable energies as well as global migration and identities.

Real world experience

Throughout the course, you will broaden your experience on UK and overseas field trips and apply geographical theories in the field as well as in our well-equipped laboratories.  You will develop vital professional skills in mapping, environmental assessment, geographical statistics, qualitative research and computer-based spatial analysis. You can apply what you've learnt on a work placement in your preferred area of interest.

Where it can take you

Studying geography leads to an extremely wide range of careers.  On graduation, opportunities range from environmental consultancy, regeneration, conservation, energy and government, to finance, education and research.

Read Louise's story to see how she helps the Environment Agency assess and manage industrial operations.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

This course initially provides a solid grounding in geography before you choose a selection of areas to specialise in. These specialisms include resource management, urban studies and sustainability, and cultural geographies such as migration, identity and tourism. Alongside, you will also develop key analytical, communication and business skills.

Year one

You will develop fundamental geographical knowledge and skills within the following compulsory modules:

  • Environmental Challenges
  • Culture, Society and Place
  • Geographies of Globalisation
  • Field Study in Human Geography
  • Geographical Skills.

Year two

You can start to tailor your course to suit your interests. You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Researching Human Geography
  • Professional Development for Geographers.

In addition, you will study five of the following optional modules:

  • Rural Change and Development
  • Regenerating Cities
  • Migration, Policy and Society
  • Culture, Geography and Tourism
  • Geographies of Security
  • Managing Global Resources
  • Practising Sustainability
  • Managing National Parks.

Optional Placement Year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year in a work placement. Undertaking a placement is a fantastic opportunity to gain a foothold on the employment ladder. The curriculum in the second year provides support in securing a relevant placement.

Final year

As well as completing an independent final year project on a subject of your choice, you will have flexibility to study the aspects of human geography which are of most interest to you by choosing a further three modules:

  • Transforming Cities
  • International Tourism Development and the Environment
  • Society, Youth and Ageing
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Applications
  • Advanced Geographic Expedition
  • Environmental Management in the Global South
  • Integrated Water Management
  • Renewable Energy.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Our lecturing staff achieve consistently high scores on the National Student Survey and provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are active researchers or industrial consultants and aware of modern advances in the discipline. Staff are also active within third sector groups and work with organisations such as the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers and the Geographical Association.

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities, which include lectures, seminars, small group work, debates, laboratory classes, and fieldwork and practical work such as IT and internet skills, and conference organisation.

Through our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme, first year students receive mentoring and support from second year students.  Find out how we use PAL to enhance the learning experience across our courses.

Find out more about our department's approach to learning and teaching.

'The teaching staff were well organised and inspiring, so I really enjoyed lectures.' BA Geography student.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. However, as a full-time student, you will be expected to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study and preparation for assessments.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through various combinations of examinations, coursework, essays, projects, presentations and field exercises. Most coursework is undertaken individually but there are some group assignments. Examinations take place in the first, second and final years.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

This course has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Placements

Students who do a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Studying geography opens up a wide range of careers. Placement opportunities reflect this and past students have done work placements ranging from GE Electric to Local Authorities. Bristol gained recognition as European Green Capital 2015 and the UK's first Cycle City. As a result of this, some of our students have gone on exciting sustainability placements.

Be inspired by previous students' placement case studies including Oscar's placement during which he researched water and sanitation rights for a Ugandan NGO.

Other opportunities become available, such as the UWE Global Water Security Project, a placement abroad where you'll use your academic knowledge to solve challenges through research that benefits communities worldwide.

Fieldwork

Field trips are an important part of this course and you can take advantage of three residential trips.

In Year 1 we are based in Margam Park Discovery Centre near Port Talbot in South Wales for a four-day residential trip.  Here we study industrial archaeology in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and rural landscape change.

During Year 2, we spend a week in the Spanish island of Mallorca focusing on Palma's urban development, rural change, tourism development, and World Heritage landscapes, applying geographical research methodologies.

In Year 3 there is the opportunity to spend two weeks on an advanced geographical expedition to an exotic location (recent destinations include Iceland, China and Kenya).  A wide range of environmental, social and economic issues are studied at the expedition destination.

Watch a slideshow with students talking about studying Iceland's diverse geography on an advanced geographic expedition.

Study facilities

Experiment and test your theories in well-equipped general laboratories as well as dedicated field, earth sciences, environmental change and environmental physics laboratories. You will:

  • Investigate historic environments, and test water quality and soil mechanics in our physical geography laboratories;
  • Map and measure angles, distances and topography, and carry out level surveys in our surveying laboratory;
  • Conduct spatial enquiry and analyse data using industry-standard GIS and statistical software in our computer laboratories.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Learn from industry

To help you decide which career to go into and learn about industry challenges, there are opportunities to attend presentations from visiting professionals.

Socialise and campaign

Meet fellow geographers and campaign on environmental issues in our thriving Geography Society.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their environmental ideas at the annual degree show.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Studying geography can lead to a wide range of careers. On graduation, you can go on to work for environmental consultancies, conservation, government and research. There are opportunities to use your skills and knowledge in logistics, business management and finance. And if you are interested in teaching geography at secondary school level, this degree course offers a good foundation for a postgraduate teaching qualification. 

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects Career options with a degree in Geography

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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