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Human Geography

Entry requirements


Access course in a relevant subject from an Open College Network accredited course with 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 Mathematics at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in Geography or a related social science subject (such as Business Studies, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology). For example: BBC at A Level including a relevant subject(s). DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject(s). A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

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

Human geography

- Gain flexible skills for a successful career across sectors and industries.

- Learn by doing, with hands-on study and real-world experiences.

- Study abroad in one of 25 countries — understanding and experiencing new cultures.

- Have the opportunity to work abroad — with the possibility of Erasmus funding being available for European placements.

Human geography is a dynamic, exciting subject that focuses on the ways human activities affect the planet. On this course, you'll explore complex political, economic, social and cultural geographies — understanding and responding to the ever-changing world around us.

**How you learn**

A variety of teaching methods are used, creating a stimulating learning environment. You're exposed to a variety of viewpoints from module tutors and their peers to become aware of the current debates within human geography. Learning from first-hand experience is a key part of the teaching approach on this degree.

You learn through:

- lectures

- field work

- seminars

- tutorials

- case study analyses

- group debates and discussion

- poster presentations

- projects based on real-life challenges, locations and organisations

- assessment tasks

- practical classes in IT suites

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

**Applied learning
Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. This may involve working with private companies or government and voluntary organisations in the UK or Europe.

You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period). It's a great opportunity to focus on a career path and gain the skills, knowledge and experience to find a job after you graduate. Sheffield Hallam University has Erasmus and international study exchange agreements with over 100 institutions in 25 different countries. Current exchange locations include Prague, Paris, Neuchatel (Switzerland), Georgia (USA), Ontario and Victoria (Australia).

**Field trips**

There is a strong emphasis on the importance of developing your skills in the field, and gaining valuable first-hand experiences. You take part in a substantial amount of UK-based fieldwork, which includes local activities as well as a week-long residential trip outside Sheffield. Overseas residential field courses also form an integral part of the course, such as a week in New York, Amsterdam and Spain.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Approaches To Human Geography 20
Explorations In Urban Geography 20
Fieldwork And Professional Skills In Human Geography 20
Introduction To Regeneration And Planning 20
Key Concepts In Social Science 20

Elective modules

Development And Sustainability 20
Foreign Language 20

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Geographies Of Everyday Life 20
International Field Work 20
Professional Experience 20
Research Methods In Environmental, Geographical And Social Sciences 20

Elective modules

Critical Geographies 20
Development, Power And Imperialism 20
Economic Geography 20
Foreign Language 20
Geographical Information Systems 20
Outdoor Learning For The Environment And Geography 20
Sustainable Settlements 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Placement

Final year

Compulsory modules

Dissertation (Geography, Environment And Planning) 40
Globalisation, Democracy And Change 20

Elective modules

Advanced Field Research 20
Advanced Gis 20
Development In Latin America 20
Foreign Language 20
People And The Natural Environment 20
Place, Memory And Meaning 20
Sustainable Regeneration Practice 20
Sustainable Urban Design 20
Transport Geography And Planning 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exam

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

86%
med
Human 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.

Human geography

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

86%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
0%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

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.

Human & social geography

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
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Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Customer service occupations
10%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
10%
Other administrative occupations

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

£25k

£25k

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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