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Geography

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,D-B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Must be science based and need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

DMM-DDM

Scottish Higher

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

UCAS Tariff

104-120

including A'level Geography or Environmental Science at grade C

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Physical geography

Human geography

Live your Geography degree, with the iconic Lake District acting as your personal laboratory.

Geographers explore the global challenges that face both humanity and the planet in the 21st Century. As such, with environmental responsibility and sustainability becoming increasingly prominent in personal, cultural, economic and political arenas, the BSc Geography programme at the University of Cumbria equips its graduates with the knowledge and skills that will prepare you for the dynamic challenges of the coming century. Based at our Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District, you will embrace the mix of natural and social sciences and humanities that create the diversity and exuberance we call Geography. We will explore the differences and dynamics between cultures, political systems, economies and landscapes; but you will also evaluate these as contested spaces that can be viewed through multiple lenses.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

Where better to study Geography than in an environment where you can immerse yourself in an inspirational landscape every day of your studies? Our unique location allows us to embed high-quality experiential learning throughout every module of the programme. Residential field-courses at every level take you beyond the Lake District and UK, placing your learning in a global context. In parallel with your degree studies, the unique opportunities and environment offered at the University of Cumbria through schemes such as UpSkill enable you to extend your skills and experience particularly associated with working outside the formal university academic setting and into real-world contexts.

- Broad range of physical and human geography modules to choose from to suit your interests

- Learn to solve large global challenges down to issues such as small scale flood management, boosting your problem-solving skills

- You’ll develop technical, analytical and interpretative skills through your studies to boost your employability

- National and International field work opportunities

Within the BSc Geography programme at the University of Cumbria we particularly celebrate the richness of Geography as an all-encompassing subject. As such, we break down artificial boundaries between ‘Human’ and ‘Physical’ Geography to encourage you to develop the knowledge, skills and practical experience that makes our subject so valued and valuable. We hope by the end of your Geography degree at the University of Cumbria you will have gained an engaged intellectual curiosity and the ability to observe and critically reflect on the world around you.

To do this, we will ground you with a strong theoretical and conceptual framework that is common within many Geography degrees, but one that we then apply into multiple real-world contexts through extensive field-work and practical activities. Our unique location within both an iconic National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site allows you to undertake high-quality fieldwork throughout every module of the degree as well as multiple opportunities for extensive laboratory, archive and geospatial practice. Consequently, you will become an effective and experienced practitioner of Geography.

Our programme explores many of the key grand challenges that face both humanity and the planet in the 21st Century, for example; climate change and its implications; inequality and difference at individual to global levels; and valuing the ecosystem services we derive from the Earth system. Through your studies, you will develop a progressively more sophisticated understanding of geographical thinking within four broad, interconnected thematic strands.

These four themes are developed through a variety of compulsory and optional modules with an increasing level of choice available as you progress through your studies, enabling you to specialise and follow your own interests as you develop as a Geographer.

Modules

Year One - Compulsory modules:

Communication & Analysis Skills in Geography,
Geographical Techniques,
Human Geographies 1: Geographies of Landscape,
Human Geographies 2: Environment and Resources,
Geosphere and Atmosphere,
Earth, Wind and Fire.
Year Two - Compulsory modules:

Research Methods and Statistics for Geographers,
Ecosystem Services,
Geographical Information Systems.
Options modules (subject to availability and demand) (40 credits, two from):

Environmental Change,
Hydrology and Catchments,
Biogeography and Soils,
Rural Economy and Society,
Cultural Landscapes,
National Parks and Protected Areas,
Conservation Policy, Practice and Philosophy,
Habitats and Ecosystems.
Year Three - Compulsory modules:

Dissertation,
Contemporary Issues in Geography.
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand) (40 credits from):

Ecosystem Service Assessment,
Catchment Management,
Upland Resource Management,
Culture, Identity and Place,
Tourism Management,
Work Placement,
Ice and Snow (Cold Environments),
Wilding and Conservation,
Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing,
Conservation and Society.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Ambleside

Department:

Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

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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.

85%
med
Physical 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.

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

72%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
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
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
41%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Human 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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
44%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

£16,320
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
30%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sports and fitness occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Geography, earth and environmental studies

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.

£16,320
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
30%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sports and fitness occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
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.

£16k

£16k

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

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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