BSc

Geography (with integrated foundation year)

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Key Facts

F80F
  • UCAS Tariff

  • Course Length

    4 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is one of the most established and experienced of its kind in the UK. Designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background, the integrated foundation year course is the perfect option to access this highly sought-after degree scheme. The foundation year provides a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree in your second year.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (NSS 2020).

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

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

Overview

Why study Geography (with integrated foundation year) at Aberystwyth University?

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 at Aberystwyth 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 challenges facing society today.

We offer a broad range of fieldwork opportunities including a free trip at the beginning of the first year. In the second year we offer a range of trips to suit a variety of specialisms and budgets. Previous destinations have included Crete, Berlin, and a free, low-carbon trip to Mid and South Wales. Optional day trips are also embedded in many modules throughout your degree.

Opportunities for Geography students at Aberystwyth include:

  • being taught by world-leading researchers in their respective fields throughout your course
  • use of exceptional facilities for laboratory work in chemical and physical analysis (for example, for soils, water quality and pollen work), social investigation and data processing.

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

  • River catchment processes
  • Glaciology
  • Biogeography
  • Quaternary Environmental change
  • 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.

ACCA Accredited Programme


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
Academic Skills Foundation 1 * IC07620 20
Academic Skills Foundation 2 * IC07720 20
Critical Thinking and Research Skills GS01120 20
Foundation - Dialogue GS00120 20
Learning Experience GS00320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Environmental Management GS00420 20
Foundation in Liberal Arts GS00220 20
Information Technology for University Students CS01120 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Geography Fieldwork * GS22420 20
Level 2 Geography Tutorial * GS22110 10
Researching People and Place * GS20510 10
Concepts for Geographers GS20410 10
Geographical Information Systems GS23710 10
Physical Analysis of Natural Materials GS22010 10
Quantitative Data Analysis GS23810 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Catchment Systems * GS25210 10
Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society GS28910 10
Geohazards GS22810 10
Placing Culture GS22920 20
Placing Politics GS23020 20
Reconstructing Past Environments GS21910 10
The Frozen Planet GS23510 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Employability is embedded within all our courses. 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. Our graduates have, for example, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, and in education to name a few.

Studying Geography also equips students with the following skill sets:

  • 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.


Learning & Teaching

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 the following:

  • Academic Skills Foundation 1&2
  • Critical Thinking and Research Skills
  • Foundation - Dialogue
  • Learning Experience.

In your second year, you will be introduced to:

  • Conflict and Change: the Making of Urban and Rural Spaces *
  • Earth Surface Environments *
  • Living with Global Change *
  • Place and Identity
  • Researching the World: Data Collection and Analysis
  • How to Build a Planet *.

In your third year you will develop further in:

  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Concepts for Geographers
  • Geography Fieldwork *
  • Physical Analysis of Natural Materials
  • Frozen Planet
  • Catchment Systems *
  • Placing Politics *
  • Placing Culture
  • Sustainable Society
  • Geohazards *
  • Researching People and Place *.

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 expert guidance
  • Optional modules as diverse as glaciology, hydrology, volcanic hazards, past climate change, urbanisation, and rural change will enable you to tailor your study to suit your interests.

How will I be taught?

Our courses are taught through lectures, seminars, laboratory and 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. 

* also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged 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:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

International Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

European Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

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. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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