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University of Plymouth

Geology with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: F602

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


32-48 UCAS points to include 2 A Levels with a Grade E in a Science Subject

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pass a science based Access course

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

To include 3 at Higher Level in a science subject. Maths and English accepted within

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

H4,H4,H4,H5,H5

To include a science subject. Maths and English considered within

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

PPP

from a related science subject

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

72 UCAS points to include 2 Advanced Highers and a pass in a relevant science subject

considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

32-48

To include 2 A Levels with a Grade E in a Science Subject

Considered in combination

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

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Geology

If you are interested in geology and earth sciences but don’t have the qualifications to apply for a degree, this could be the foundation year for you. Build your skills and knowledge on a one year course from which you’ll have the right to progress, subject to achieving the relevant technical skills, onto the first year of our geology degrees.

Progress onto the BSc (Hons) Applied Geology, Geology, Geology and Ocean Science, Physical Geography and Geology suite of degrees. You also have the option to later transfer from these degrees to our masters level MGeol degree.
Apply the latest techniques in the laboratory and the field - through training and extensive fieldwork in the UK and further afield in for example Spain, Sicily, Cyprus and Death Valley, USA.
Stand out in subject specialisms by choosing from engineering geology, mineral resources, hydrocarbons, GIS and many more.
Benefit from a degree accredited by the Geological Society of London.
Focus on practical and professional skills meaning you’ll graduate primed to enter the workplace. We also maintain a wide range of links with industry.
Kickstart your career - our students have gone on to careers in all aspects of geology and all parts of the world.
*Benefit from attending the largest university-based Geocareers Fair. We organise the event and it’s attended by a range of employers who often send our own graduates to represent them.

*Benefit from a full staff tutorial support programme and Peer Assisted Learning (PALS), the latter lead by students a year ahead of you so you can have a student’s perspective.

Enhance your employability-take a work-based placement and/or collect data for your final year research project by undertaking field research in locations including Arctic Norway, Shetland, Rhum, southern France, the Spanish Pyrenees, the Alps and Cyprus
The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree. Completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but will provide access to Year 1 of your degree.

Modules

We provide you with a sound foundation across the sciences which will support your aspirations in Geology and Earth Sciences. We will help you develop your skills for independent, reflective and self-managed approaches to study, learning, scientific writing, time management and mathematical skills for the study of science. Optional modules include biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics and statistics for science. Core modules: * Study and Mathematical Skills for Science * Fundamentals of Geoscience Optional modules: * Biology * Chemistry * Mathematics and Statistics for Science * Physics 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

37% of assessment is by exam, 48% by coursework and 15% practical assessment

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

84%
med
Geology

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.

Geology

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
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

92%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
E

After graduation


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Geology

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
90%
low
Employed or in further education
64%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Engineering professionals
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

The market for geologists is has been quite linked to the oil industry for some time now, and the drop in the price of oil has meant the industry has stopped recruiting as many people for the time being. Geologists are still in demand, though, so the main effect has been to reduce the opportunities - and salaries - for geologists working abroad. At home, the oil industry remains a big employer, and so are the mining, civil engineering, construction and consultancy industries, with geology graduates working as geologists, geophysicists, civil engineers and environmental professionals.

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