Wide angle shot of Bristol City Centre

BA(Hons)

Geography

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
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
Programme leader:
Andrew Tallon
Key fact:
This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Take a sandwich year and study with one of our international partners in locations such as the US or Canada.

Page last updated 19 September 2018

Introduction

Why study geography?

Geography is unique in integrating the social sciences with the natural sciences. It's about understanding the earth's peoples and their impact, as well as its landscapes, places and environments.

Geographers play a key role in developing and managing the response to challenges that are on the news on a daily basis - from globalisation and urbanisation, to terrorism and climate change.

Why UWE Bristol?

This BA(Hons) Geography course in human geography is strongly applied, meaning you'll look beyond the theories to explore their real-world application.

You'll broaden your geographical experience through field trips investigating innovative projects as diverse as industrial change in Wales and urban development in Mallorca all included within course fees.

Our strong industry links mean you'll get the chance to undertake inspiring learning opportunities outside the classroom: whether it's a work placement, a study year abroad, or an international research opportunity.

And because our geography tutors come from a variety of academic and industry backgrounds, your learning will be inspired by real-world experiences and different perspectives. Teaching and assessment alike are designed to embrace a range of formats and interactions, so that all learning styles are catered for. 

As well as mastering specialist techniques such as computer-based spatial analysis, you'll develop important transferable skills in communication, creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are valued by employers across the board.

You'll also have the opportunity to tailor the programme to your interests through module options including the regeneration and transformation of cities, international tourism development, global crime and migration.

 

Where can it take me?

As a graduate of this course your skills will equip you to pursue a career in a wide range of areas, from regeneration and renewable energy, to local and central government.

Past students have gone on to become town planners, property developers, environmental consultants and researchers.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Researching Human Geography
  • Professional Development for Geographers.

Plus five optional modules from:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement. 

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Final Year Project.

OR

  • Professional Experience
  • Independent Project.

OR (if a sandwich year has been completed):

  • Independent Project.

Plus three optional modules from:

  • International Tourism Development and the Environment
  • Transforming Cities
  • 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 dedicated and well-informed lecturing staff achieve consistently high scores on the National Student Survey and provide a friendly environment for learning. They're active researchers or industrial consultants and stay aware of advances in the field.

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

Learn through a blend of lectures, seminars, small group work, debates, laboratory classes, fieldwork, practical work such as IT and internet skills, and conference organisation.

Gain a solid grounding in geography before you choose specialist areas. These include resource management, urban studies and sustainability, and cultural geographies such as migration, identity and tourism.

Attend presentations from visiting professionals to learn about industry challenges and decide which field to go into. Develop key analytical, communication and business skills that will help you succeed in the workplace.

Receive mentoring from more advanced students through our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme.

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

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
127%73%0%
231%69%0%
319%81%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Socialise and network

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

Showcase your work

Demonstrate your environmental ideas at the annual degree show.

Study time

Lectures, workshops and seminars, group project work and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time each week.

You'll be expected to spend at least twice as much time studying independently and studying for assessments.

Assessment

Assessment takes a range of formats, including projects, reports, essays, posters, presentations and fieldwork, as well as exams. Modules are assessed through a combination of exams, coursework, essays, projects, presentations and field exercises.

You'll complete most coursework individually but there are some group assignments. Exams take place at the middle and end of each year.

Support is available if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
140%38%22%
250%25%25%
328%60%12%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Professional accreditation

This course has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), giving you access to talks and events across the country.

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

Studying geography opens up a wide range of careers. Placements reflect this, with past students completing placements with GE Electric to local authorities.

Bristol is a sustainability hub and gained recognition as European Green Capital in 2015. It's also the UK's first Cycle City. Students have found exciting placements locally in this field.

Read Ben's story to see how he helped Bristol City Council set the wheels in motion on their electric vehicle strategy.

Other opportunities are available with our Global Water Security Project, where you'll solve challenges through research that benefits communities worldwide.

Read about Oscar's placement, where he researched water and sanitation rights for a Ugandan NGO.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study year abroad

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and are relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement. 

Fieldwork

Field trips are an important part of this course. You will also go on three residential trips.

Year one

Spend four days in Margam Park Discovery Centre near Port Talbot in South Wales. Here you'll study industrial archaeology in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, urban issues and rural landscape change.

Year two

Visit the Spanish island of Mallorca to explore Palma's urban development, rural change, tourism development, and World Heritage landscapes and apply geographical research methodologies.

Final year

Spend two weeks on an advanced geographical expedition to an exotic location (recent destinations include South Africa, Iceland, China and Kenya).

You'll study a range of environmental, social and economic issues at the expedition destination.

Watch a student slideshow about studying Iceland's diverse geography on an advanced expedition.

Study facilities

Learn in modern, well-equipped facilities, including our physical geography laboratories.

Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.

Conduct spatial enquiry and analyse data using industry-standard geographic information system (GIS) and statistical software in our computer labs.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources

Careers

Careers / Further study

Studying geography can lead to a range of careers. You could work for environmental consultancies, conservation agencies and government, or take on research opportunities.

You could also apply your skills and knowledge in logistics, business management or finance.

If you're interested in teaching geography at secondary school level, this degree is a good foundation for a postgraduate teaching qualification. 

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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.
  • Relevant subjects: Geography, History, English, Sociology, Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Tourism
  • 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.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

Unistats

UWE Main Campus

You might also like

Back to top