BSc

Environmental Science (with integrated foundation year)

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Key Facts

Code F75F
  • UCAS Tariff

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Aberystwyth University’s Environmental Science with integrated Foundation Year degree is an engaging course that explores the most important environmental issues of our time. We offer you a unique opportunity to study Environmental Science in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe.

Set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland, the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is uniquely placed to make the most of the stunning landscapes that surround it, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities. This degree will equip you with the skills, abilities and expertise to face and engage with the environmental challenges facing society today.

The integrated foundation year - designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background - is the perfect option to access this highly-sort scheme. In the Foundation Year, you will be brought up to speed on the fundamentals of Environmental Science, providing a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

91% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. (NSS 2019)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Following the foundation year, the syllabus of this course is identical to its sister course [Enivronmental Science, F750].

Why study Human Geography at Aberystwyth University?

As a large dynamic Geography community we are able to offer you an extremely broad range of geographical specialism, opportunities and facilities:

  • Current trends in Geohazards;
  • Urban sustainability;
  • Regional Development;
  • Political and Cultural geography;
  • Fieldwork opportunities in New Zealand, Crete, New York, and Ireland;
  • Travel awards available each year to fund your own adventures (up to £400);
  • State of the art teaching facilities with the latest technology to enhance learning;
  • Fully stocked laboratories with an array of analytical instruments e.g. mass spectrometers and core scanners of which can be used for fieldwork and independent study.
Our Staff

Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations * GS10810 10
Earth Surface Environments * GS10610 10
Ecology * BR13510 10
Evolution And The Diversity Of Life BR14310 10
Fieldwork Skills GS12410 10
First Year Environmental Earth Science And Environmental Science Tutorial GS11910 10
Global Ecology And Soil Systems GS10410 10
Microbial Diversity * BR12110 10
The Atmosphere And The Water Cycle GS12210 10
The Biosphere BR13210 10
The Dynamic Earth GS11710 10
The Green Planet * BR13610 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What can I do with a degree in Human Geography?

Our graduates have, for example, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, and in education amongst many other things.

Employability is embedded within all courses provided by us. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand.

The skill sets include:

  • Enhanced mathematical and computational skills;
  • Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills;
  • Information technology skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Time-management, organisational skills;
  • Communication skills both written and oral;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four-year degree scheme.

In the first foundation year, you will be introduced to core components of Environmental Science.

In your second year, you will be introduced to:

  • Key concepts in geographical study;
  • Issues and techniques in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical data;
  • Climate change;
  • Economic development;
  • Globalization;
  • Global Environmental Change.

In your third year you will develop further in:

  • Computer research skills in preparation for your independent research project;
  • You will learn how to analyse qualitative data sets;
  • Produce maps and other graphical representations of geographical data;
  • Participate in a residential field trip in the UK or overseas;
  • You can also choose optional modules to specialise or simply maintain a broad interest across Geography.

In your final year:

  • You will undertake an independent research project involving collection, analysis and interpretation of your own data;
  • You will be allocated your own advisor who will provide guidance;
  • Optional modules as diverse as urbanisation, rural change, and regional policy will enable you to tailor your study to suit your interests.

How will I be taught?

Our courses are taught through lectures, seminars, computer practical classes, small group tutorials, field courses, and individual supervision of project work.

How will I be assessed?

We assess our students through a different range of methods. Some modules are assessed in part through traditional exams, but some have elements of coursework. We also have some modules that may require the student to produce practical reports, oral presentations, the design of web pages, production of short films, or contribution to online discussion forums. Some modules, notably the tutorials and field courses are assessed entirely through coursework. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Available to candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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