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Geography

Entry requirements


104 - 112 Points, minimum 2 A Levels. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Science, Humanities, Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

Maths and English considered within

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Maths and English considered within

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Refer to institution

Considered in combination

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

DMM

Preferred subjects in Applied Science, Science, Social Science however please refer to institution for further advice.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

A typical Offer will be 112 Points

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

104-112

104 - 112 Points, minimum 2 A Levels. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination

About this course


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

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Physical geography

Geography explores the relationships between people, places and the environment. Our diverse degree has a strong emphasis on applied skills and career development. You can choose to specialise or maintain a broad range of interests, and an optional placement year offers work experience. You learn from expert, accessible, supportive staff who are skilled researchers in their field. Plymouth is the ideal setting as a vibrant urban environment surrounded by iconic rural and coastal landscapes.

Our geography degrees make the most of geography’s strengths in tackling head on the biggest global challenges we face. Modules have been designed to address many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – developed by the UN as the 'blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all' – all of our degrees are fully accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

* Our newly designed curriculum places sustainability challenges at the centre, with modules designed to help address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

* Choose from a range of physical and/or human geography choice modules so that you determine your degree pathway.

* Our supportive staff are expert researchers and many are world leaders in their field.

* Teaching is innovative and student-centred. You will learn through lectures, seminars, practicals, national and international residential fieldwork, tutorials and one-to-one dissertation support.

* Learn to use Geographical Information Systems to analyse and communicate complex spatial data.

* Take the opportunity to spend your second year studying abroad in Europe, Canada, Australia, USA or elsewhere through our bilateral and ISEP exchange programmes.

* Study on a course designed with a focus on employability and applied geography, supporting a range of career opportunities such as environmental consultancy, conservation and biogeography, earth science and hazard management, expedition work, and catchment management.

* Experience a valuable work placement programme, opening up a range of career opportunities.

* LABplus is a unique open access laboratory and resource centre designed for students studying science and engineering courses. The lab provides a flexible workspace, computing facilities, specialist software, access to microscopes, microscope cameras and bespoke resources.

* Benefit from our unique location, in the heart of the historical city of Plymouth, bordered by Dartmoor National Park as well as the Tamar Valley and South Hams Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Devon and Cornwall have glorious beaches, coasts, rivers and estuaries.Choose from a range of human, physical and environmental geography modules – our stimulating programme of geographical studies includes theory and practical elements.

Modules

In your first year, modules will introduce you to the latest developments in human and physical geography, and you’ll benefit from small group tutorials. Undertake residential fieldwork and develop your practical and applied skills through lab work.

In your second year, you’ll deepen your knowledge with a wide range of optional modules in human and physical geography and core modules in theories, practical skills and careers development. You’ll also have the chance to take field courses in Ireland or Brittany.

In your final year, you’ll have the option of an overseas field course (recent courses have run in USA, Iceland, Belize, Portugal and China). You’ll also write a dissertation on any aspect of human or physical geography. There’s a wide range of optional modules in human or physical geography, plus the option of taking a work experience module to prepare you for your first job.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

9% of assessment is by exam, 79% by coursework and 12% practical assessment

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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What students say


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.

Physical geography

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Physical geographical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
73%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Conservation and environment professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Geography, earth and environmental studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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