BSc

Physical Geography with Education

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Key Facts

Code F8X3
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study this Physical Geography with Education Degree at Aberystwyth University you will be taught in one of the largest and longest-standing, Geography departments in the UK. The Physical Geography with Education degree course offers an interactive, varied and exciting course structure that combines theory, field studies and laboratory-based studies.

You will be taught by world-class staff who will help you to develop your understanding of the physical processes shaping the earth, from sea to rivers, glaciers to volcanoes, including landscapes from the arid to the Arctic. You will be given the option to travel on an international field trip in your second year of study. Aberystwyth is an area rich in natural beauty - as a student here you can't go far without catching glimpses of the sea, beautiful beaches, mountains or rivers.

You will be able to able to apply for PGCE teacher training courses at either Primary or Secondary level. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for PGCE at Aberystwyth.

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)

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

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

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Education (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

93% of our students agree that staff are good at explaining things for the subject of Education (NSS 2018

97.5% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Physical Geography with Education at Aberystwyth University? 

  • This specialist BSc in Physical Geography with Education has been created for you to study the forces that shape the natural world, with the vocational benefit of understanding the latest theory and best practice of teaching in the twenty-first century.
  • This science-focused course has a major/minor degree course structure, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time examining the natural forces which shape and reshape a variety of terrains, and one-third 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 find the study of Physical Geography with Education to be a highly complementary and stimulating experience with a strong vocational outcome. You can further pursue your interests by selecting from a range of optional modules, including Earth Surface Environments; The Dynamic Earth; Reading the Ice Age Record; Psychology of Learning and Thinking; Bilingual Education; Children's Rights; and Working with Play.
  • This course is delivered by our internationally-renowned Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and supported by the School of Education. The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is one of the largest Geography communities in the UK and the fascinating coastal, fluvial and biological geography around Aberystwyth is an ideal setting in which to get out and conduct regular fieldwork – especially if you choose the residential Geography Fieldwork module, in which you will look at the forces at work within the environment first-hand.
  • This major/minor degree in Physical 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 be thoroughly equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to apply for teacher training at primary or secondary level, you will also possess a high level of subject expertise in geography.
  • For jobs outside the classroom, your abilities in fluent communication, data handling and the formation of compelling arguments will prove to be huge assets in 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.
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 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.

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
Child Development ED10220 20
Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations * GS10810 10
Earth Surface Environments * GS10610 10
Global Ecology And Soil Systems GS10410 10
Living With Global Change * GS11020 20
Policies And Issues In Education ED10120 20
Researching The World: Data Collection And Analysis GS13020 20
The Atmosphere And The Water Cycle GS12210 10

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Geographical Information Systems GS23710 10
Level 2 Geography Tutorial * GS22110 10
Psychology Of Learning And Thinking ED20120 20
Quantitative Analysis Of Geographical Data GS23810 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Bilingual Education ED20520 20
Catchment Systems GS25210 10
Chemical Analysis Of Natural Materials GS21010 10
Concepts For Geographers GS20410 10
Discourses Language And Education ED22420 20
Earth Resources And Environmental Impacts GS23110 10
Education, Diversity And Equality ED20420 20
Fundamentals Of Geochemistry GS22720 20
Geography Fieldwork * GS22420 20
Literacy In Young Children ED20220 20
Making Sense Of The Curriculum ED20820 20
Physical Analysis Of Natural Materials GS22010 10
Research Methods ED20320 20
The Frozen Planet GS23510 10
Working With Children ED20620 20

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What can I do with a degree in Physical Geography?

Our graduates have, for example, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, in and in education among 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 three-year degree scheme.

In your first year, you will be introduced to:

  • Key concepts in geographical study;
  • Issues and techniques in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical data;
  • The theory and principles surrounding the learner and the learning environment; 
  • Climate change;
  • The technology and tools that are used within teaching and learning; 
  • Effective classroom practices and teaching skills; 
  • Landscape processes;
  • Global Environmental Change.
  • Numeracy and Literacy for all. 

In your second year you will develop further in:

  • Laboratory and computer research skills in preparation for your independent research project;
  • You will learn how to analyse quantitative data sets;
  • The importance of safeguarding and professional practice; 
  • Produce maps and other graphical representations of geographical data;
  • How to support learners with complex needs; 
  • Participate in a residential field trip in the UK or overseas;
  • The policies and perspectives of learning differences and inclusions; 
  • You can also choose optional modules to specialise or simply maintain a broad interest across Geography.

In your third year:

  • You will undertake an independent research project involving the collection, analysis, and interpretation of your own data;
  • Children's rights; 
  • Supporting learnings with special educational needs; 
  • You will be allocated your own advisor who will provide guidance;
  • Teaching methods; 
  • A dissertation research project focusing on an area of interest; 
  • The role of assessment in education; 
  • Optional modules as diverse as glaciology, hydrology, volcanic hazards, and past climate 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 practicals, 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. 

Student Views

Physical Geography is EVERYWHERE - especially in Aberystwyth. You can't go far without catching glimpses of the sea, beaches, mountains or rivers, and what better subject to take than one that allows you to explore how these came to be and how they're changing today? It's a subject that will never cease to amaze me, and the course itself explains it in such an engaging way, and in such brilliant detail. Rachel Say

The thing I love about my course is that here in Aberystwyth, it's all around me - we have the sea, we have the mountains, we have the rivers, we have the valleys. My degree is the only one that wherever I am in the world, I can look and see it all around me. Jonathan Ackroyd

Physical Geography starts with a love for the outdoors. It's brilliant because it's real, it's out there - you can't walk down a street without noticing geography. So many people have a fascination for the natural processes which take place around us, but few truly understand them. By studying Physical Geography you can gain valuable knowledge about the world around you. By engaging with the world we live in we can understand it, promote it and conserve it for future generations, and that's pretty cool! Emily Brown

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Geography at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65-75% overall with 70% in specified subject

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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