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Geography

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Specific A Level subjects not required

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Specific BTEC subjects not required

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C,C-B,C,C,C,C

UCAS Tariff

112

[1] 4 qualifications for tariff points allowed [2] May also include AS level and EPQ [3] Specific subject not required

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2024

Subject

Geography

This BA Geography course will cover the comprehensive understanding of the complex reciprocal relationships between human societies and the physical components of the Earth.

The aim of this course is to provide you with experiential learning and field work to develop an applied knowledge and critical understanding of human environments and society. You will understand the evolution and significance of the distinctiveness of places, and the inter-relationships between people and the environment.

You will have opportunity to learn about how diverse communities interact with pressing socio-economic, geo-political and environmental concerns, such as climate change, poverty, social exclusion, population growth and sustainable living in a competitive global economy.

The course is designed to equip you with core knowledge, skills and expertise within the broad field of geography, together with a range of analytical abilities and transferrable professional skills to secure employment on successful graduation.

**Key Course Benefits**

The BA Geography course has fieldwork embedded at every level, including at least one mandatory residential fieldtrip to enhance their applied geographical skills*.  

Every student will experience international mobility at least once in their programmes, through a mandatory international fieldtrip. Students are required to contribute to the costs of the mandatory international fieldtrip, the precise amount of which will vary year to year and be dependent on location and the availability of University subsidies*. 

There is a strong career/employability focus throughout our Geography degree courses, which is manifested in the four-year sandwich degree, where the third year offers the option of a year in industry or study abroad, based on our long experience of organising placements with a wide range of professional contacts. 

Every student will acquire basic capabilities in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), a key skill sought by many employers. All students, receive a certificate of GIS training on successful completion of an appropriate exercise. This certificate is intended to improve the employability skills of students, as GIS is one of the top 15 skills gaps in the professional environmental sector. 

Students will also utilise the Simulation Centre, which enables geographical and environmental phenomena to be visualised in a safe setting that allows students to grasp issues and implications. This unique aspect of studying geography at Coventry facilitates an experience of fieldwork, research methods and hazard simulation, all within a monitored and recorded environment that allows students to develop skills, receive immediate feedback on their development and prepare for the transition into the workplace after graduation*. 

*UK and international opportunities

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

*Facilities

Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Modules

This course has a common first year.

The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn. 

If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements).

Common first year courses

Geography BSc (Hons)
Geography and Environmental Hazards (BSc Hons)

Modules
*A Changing Environment
* Dynamic Landscapes
* Research/Practical Toolkit
* People and Place
* Global Environmental Issues
* Sustainable Environments

*Year Two**
In Year 2, you will develop more advanced knowledge and skills to do with society, culture and space, climate change, and development, culture and change, amongst others.

Modules
* Society, Culture and Space
* Development, Culture and Change
* Climate Change
* Urban Design for Resilient Communities
* Fieldwork and Research Applications
* Sustainable Environments in Society: Developing Solutions

**Placement Year**
There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement* can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.

If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee* of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section on the course page on the Coventry University website. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.

**Final Year**
Year 3 aims to bring you to the level to enter the world of work by consolidating your knowledge and skills from Year 1 and 2. You will develop more advanced knowledge and skills to do with feminist geography and gender, humans and hazards, and global and comparative field studies, amongst others.

For detailed module information and to read disclaimers please visit the course page on the Coventry University website. We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Energy, Construction and Environment

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

94%
Geography

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Geography (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

99%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
85%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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