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Geography

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52, to include a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points.

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

**Overview**
If you’re fascinated by the relationship between human society and the natural world, this BA (Hons) Geography degree, accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), provides the skills and knowledge you need to help shape the future of the planet.

You'll investigate how we can preserve both the natural environment and the social and economic wellbeing of human populations. When you graduate, you'll have what you need to work in a wide range of areas, such as within urban or environmental planning, the energy sector, teaching or research.

- Use industry-standard laboratory tech, including laser survey technology, drones, GIS and photogrammetry equipment and our environmental simulation cabinet – a controlled lab area that simulates different environmental conditions

- Create your own bespoke final year to match your interests and career ambitions by choosing from a fully optional list of modules, including environment and society, gender and development, and transport and sustainability

- Experience some of the societies, cultures and landscapes you’re studying through fieldwork, including in places such as Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda

- Choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Canada, Australia, Germany, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary and France, or build experience on a work placement at an organisation like the Environment Agency or Natural England

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society.

**Careers and opportunities
On this BA (Hons) Geography, you’ll learn how to sustainably develop urban areas, and how governments, business and individuals can help protect the planet for future generations. You’ll examine themes such as conservation, sustainability, geopolitics, and economic and urban development, and hunt for answers to big questions about the world and society.

Geography graduates are valuable in all sorts of job roles. As well as learning skills to help you understand and engage with the world, you’ll develop as a professional. You’ll come away as a confident communicator, able to solve problems, make good decisions and work well with others.

When you graduate, you'll be ready for a career in a wide range of important fields and sectors, with technical and professional skills many employers are looking for. Our previous students have gone onto work in areas such as transport planning, engineering, civil services, teaching and research.

**What jobs can you do with a geography degree?**
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- geo-environmental consultant

- transport planner

- urban planner

- GIS analyst

- spatial analyst

- operations watchkeeper

- geography teacher

**Graduate destinations**
Organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include:
- Mott McDonald

- AECOM

- Savills

- Bulb

- Department of Business and Energy

- Thames Water

- Hampshire County Council

You could also go on to study at postgraduate level.

**Placement year (optional)**
Either before or following your third year, you can opt for a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Placements give you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you attractive to employers after graduation.

You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas – some Geography students have chosen Australia, Spain or Malta for their placement year.

Whichever route you choose, you'll receive support and guidance. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills.

**Potential placement destinations**
Our students have completed placements at organisations including:
- Atkins Global

- Pfizer Research and Development

- Hampshire Ecological Services

- The Environment Agency

- Natural England

Modules

** Year 1 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]:** Academic Communication Skills; Environmental Processes and Hazards; Global Environmental Challenges; Practical Fieldwork Skills; Society and Place; Tools for Geographical Enquiry | ** Year 2 core modules: ** Research, Fieldwork and Professional Skills (40 credits) | ** Year 2 optional modules [all worth 20 credits each]: ** Environmental Change; Geographies of Development; GIS and Remote Sensing; Glaciers and Glaciation; Introduction to Teaching; Regional Economic Development and Inequality; River Processes; Social Identities and Place; Sustainable Environmental Management; Uneven Cities | ** Year 3 core modules:** Dissertation (40 credits) | ** Year 3 optional modules: ** Climate Change; Cold Environments; Conservation Biogeography; Creative Economy, People and Place; Environment and Society; Environmental Auditing and Assessment; Environmental Pollution and Waste Management; Gender and Development; Hazardscapes; Introduction to Teaching; Practical Boating Skills; Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology; Science & Technical Diving Techniques A; Science & Technical Diving Techniques B; Transport and Sustainability; Weather Science

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through coursework, examinations, contributions to electronic discussion forums, web page design, posters, projects, presentations, portfolios.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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
£18,300
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:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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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.

74%
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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

74%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
40%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
17%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Other elementary services 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.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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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