BA Human Geography with Education

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

In choosing to study a degree in Human Geography with Education at Aberystwyth University you will be part of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, one of the largest and most dynamic departments of its kind in Britain. The Human Geography with Education degree (L7X3) is an exciting and rewarding subject to study.  Expand the sections below and find out more...


If you would like to investigate how human societies define, make and shape place – and gain skills in teaching – then this BA in Human Geography with Education is the course for you.

This course has a major/minor degree course structure, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time examining the human forces that shape and reshape a variety of terrains, and one-third of your time on the processes and tactics for teaching and learning. This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest in Geography.

You will be able to tailor your programme of study to suit your interests by selecting Geography and Education option modules from a broad range including The Dynamic Earth; Global Environmental Issues; Bilingual Education; Children's Rights; and Play in Practice. You may also opt for the residential Geography Fieldwork module, in which you will look at the human impact on the environment first-hand.

You will benefit from the latest learning and teaching environments in both departments, the expertise of our experienced staff members, and the partnerships the School of Education maintains with communities, schools and authorities across Wales and the UK.

This major/minor BA in Human Geography with Education will be of great use to you in a range of graduate jobs, particularly in schools and colleges. Not only will you possess a high level of subject expertise in geography, you will be thoroughly equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to apply for teacher training at primary or secondary level.

For jobs beyond the classroom, you will be a fluent communicator of ideas, capable of arranging complex data and formulating compelling arguments. These are just some of the many assets that you will be able to bring to any graduate workplace.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction results show high levels of satisfaction in both Human and Social Geography and Physical Geography and Environmental Science courses, with 91% of students satisfied with the quality of the teaching. Overall satisfaction was above UK national averages for the subject.

96% of our Geography and Earth Science graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, 11 percentage points higher than the previous year and 3 percentage points higher than the UK subject average (DLHE 2014).

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction results show a significant improvement in the overall satisfaction of our students with their course; a rise of 9 percentage points to an overall satisfaction rate of 90% (3 percentage points above UK average).

93% of our 2014 Education graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating - 3 percentage points higher than the previous year (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

Our Staff

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

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning are either qualified to PhD standard or are experienced practitioners in their field. All teaching staff currently possess, or are working towards, a recognised teaching qualification.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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.

Year 1 Core (30 Credits) The following modules are core.

Semester 1

Key Concepts And Skills For Geographers GG13000

Semester 2

Key Concepts And Skills For Geographers GG13020

Power, Place And Development GG14210

Year 1 Options EDUCATION CORE MODULES (40 CREDITS). You must take both ED (English) or the AD (Cymraeg) modules.

Semester 1

Polisiau A Materion Mewn Addysg AD10120

Policies And Issues In Education ED10120

Semester 2

Datblygiad Plant AD19220

Child Development ED10220

Year 1 Options Core (30 credits). Welsh medium (DA) and English medium (GG) modules. Welsh speaking students are encouraged to take DA11900/10 instead of GG11900/10, DA10110 instead of GG14410, and DA10210 instead of GG10210.

Semester 1

Cefn Gwlad A'r Ddinas DA10210

Tiwtorial Daearyddiaeth Lefel 1 DA11900

The City And Country: Processes Of Conflict And Change GG10210

Level 1 Geography Tutorial GG11900

Place, Culture And Society GG14410

Semester 2

Pobl A Lle DA10110

Tiwtorial Daearyddiaeth Lefel 1 DA11910

Level 1 Geography Tutorial GG11910

Year 1 Options EDUCATION OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You can take up to 20 credits from the following modules

Semester 1

Sgiliau Allweddol I Brifysgol AD13620

Early Years Provision: Principles And Practice ED10620

Key Skills For University ED13620

Semester 2

Plant Ifainc Yn Dysgu AD11320

Young Children Learning ED11320

Play And Learning:theory And Practice ED13720

Year 1 Options (20 credits) Students must choose up to 20 credits from the list below, or from appropriate modules offered elsewhere in IGES or in the university. DA10610 and GG10610 cannot be taken together.

Semester 1

Amgylcheddau Wyneb Y Ddaear DA10610

Planet Earth EA11510

The Atmosphere And The Water Cycle EA12210

Earth Surface Environments GG10610

Semester 2

Amgylchedd Cymru DA10810

Methodoleg Maes Amgylcheddol DA10910

Byw Gyda Risg DA12810

Global Ecology And Soil Systems GG10410

Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations GG10810

Global Environmental Issues GG12710

Year 2 Core (10 Credits) (10 credits) The following modules are core.

Semester 1

Researching People And Place GG20510

Year 2 Options CORE MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must take either the ED or the AD module

Semester 1

Seicoleg Dysgu A Meddwl AD20120

Psychology Of Learning And Thinking ED20120

Year 2 Options Core (30 credits). Welsh medium (DA) and English medium (GG) modules. Welsh speaking students are encouraged to take DA22100/10 instead of GG22100/10, and DA22420 instead of GG22420.

Semester 1

Tiwtorial Daearyddiaeth Lefel 2 DA22100

Level 2 Geography Tutorial GG22100

Semester 2

Tiwtorial Daearyddiaeth Lefel 2 DA22110

Gwaith Maes Daearyddiaeth DA22420

Level 2 Geography Tutorial GG22110

Geography Fieldwork GG22420

Year 2 Options OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must also choose another 20 credits from the following list:

Semester 1

Llythrennedd Mewn Plant Ifanc AD20220

Literacy In Young Children ED20220

Cultural Diversity In Education ED20420

Working With Children ED20600

Discourses Language And Education ED22420

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil AD20320

Research Methods ED20320

Bilingual Education ED20520

Working With Children ED20620

Making Sense Of The Curriculum ED20820

Year 2 Options (40 credits) Students must take 40 credits from the modules below. DA28700/20 and GG28700/20 cannot be taken together.

Semester 1

Cyfathrebu Cymdeithas A Gwyddor DA28610

Lleoli Gwleidyddiaeth DA28700

Placing Culture GG28500

Placing Politics GG28700

Sustainability And Resilience GG28910

Semester 2

Hanes Amgylcheddol DA22710

Lleoli Gwleidyddiaeth DA28720

Placing Culture GG28520

Placing Politics GG28720

The Welsh Environment GG29110

Final Year Options CORE MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must take either the ED or the AD module

Semester 1

Gwerthuso Ac Adlewyrchu Ar Sgiliau Dysgu Yn Gritigol AD30120

Critically Reflecting And Evaluating Learning And Skills ED30120

Final Year Options Core (20 credits). Welsh speaking students are encouraged to take DA34200/20 instead of GG34200/20.

Semester 1

Prosiect Daearyddiaeth Anrhydedd Cyfun/prif Bwnc DA34200

Geography Joint Honours/major Project GG34200

Semester 2

Prosiect Daearyddiaeth Anrhydedd Cyfun/prif Bwnc DA34220

Geography Joint Honours/major Project GG34220

Final Year Options OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You can choose 20 credits from this list:

Semester 1

Datblygiad Mathemategol Yn Y Blynyddoedd Cynnar AD30320

Mathematical Development In The Early Years ED30320

Health And Education ED30500

Semester 2

Special Educational Needs ED30420

Health And Education ED30520

Children's Rights ED30620

Communicating Science: The Scientists, The Media And The Public ED33020

Final Year Options (60 credits) Students must choose 60 credits from the list below.

Semester 1

Landscapes Of British Modernity GG36220

Geographies Of Memory GG37920

Regional Geographies GG39920

Semester 2

Daearyddiaethau Cenedlaetholdeb DA32220

Geographies Of The Global Countryside GG36820

Urban Risk And Environmental Resilience GG37520

World Regional Islam GG38420


Career Prospects

Your BA in Human Geography with Education will prepare you for teaching and a broad range of employment or training options. Your geographical training will suit you for work in cartography, environmental consulting, town planning and development or teaching. Your teaching knowledge will help you establish a career as a community education officer, early years teacher, education administrator, teacher, lecturer, special educational needs teacher or youth worker.

Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) show that over 82% of Geography graduates and over 88% of Education graduates find either paid employment or continue with further study upon graduation.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Human Geography with Education will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• enhanced numerical and computational skills
• the ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving
• analytical and creative thinking skills
• decision-making
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

Year in Employment scheme (YES)

The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales

GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Personal Development Plan

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures and seminars designed to stimulate your academic interest in human geography and inspire you in teaching and learning. By joining these two disciplines, this course will help you deepen your geographical knowledge and equip you with the skills vital for success in the classroom.

As you study, you will be both challenged and inspired by our staff members, who have created a vibrant culture of creativity and intellectual curiosity perfect for the study of education and geography. 

You will be assessed through essays, exams, practical exercises, oral presentations and final dissertation. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks.

As you study, you will develop a range of skills which will benefit you in further study or any graduate workplace. You will learn to: develop a reflective learning style to promote self-improvement; employ multiple critical techniques when approaching complex data sets; develop a rigorous approach to vital areas such as child protection; and articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subject.

Your personal tutor

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Student Views

I love it! I have been exposed to a variety of different subject areas and it has allowed me to choose modules to fit with my own interests. The tutors are great, approachable and friendly. Would recommend to anyone considering doing human geography. Ashley Wilding

I love my Human Geography course because it has made me look at the world around me in a different and more interesting way. I can understand why it is like it is, and what it might look like in the future. It has really opened up my eyes to the different processes which shape our modern society. Rebecca Priest

My Human Geography course allows me to look at the world from a different perspective, appreciating the idea of place and the way sense of place shapes everyday life. I now can sit on a park bench and 'people watch'; analysing how people act in public spaces, but under the title of ethnography. Human geography takes into account the spatial relations of areas that have not been considered before, or have been taken for granted. It is like looking through a pair of epistemological glasses. Florence Genis

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