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University of Reading

Environmental Science with Professional Experience

UCAS Code: F852

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

One of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Environmental Science or Geology required at grade B.

Access to HE Diploma

D:18,M:27

including relevant science units

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Maths/Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Geography/Environmental Studies/Geology required at M2

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Maths/Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Geography/Environmental Studies/Geology required at grade 5 at Higher Level

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

DDM

including relevant science modules

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

One of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Environmental Science or Geology required at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

120-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Environmental sciences

On this BSc Environmental Science with Professional Experience course you will broaden your scientific knowledge of the environment through a strongly practical course, and gain valuable work experience through a year-long placement.
This course studies the environment from a scientific perspective. It will enable you to explore the Earth’s natural systems and their physical, chemical and biological interactions. This knowledge can then be used to create strategies for solving the biggest issues facing the world today, including pollution and climate change. Taught by the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, the course has a strong practical basis and you will learn the essential skills needed by today’s professional environmental scientists. You will also have the chance to experience life in another country by spending a term abroad during your final year.

Our staff are actively engaged in research and will tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies within the sector. You will also benefit from small class sizes, enabling staff to support you better through your studies.

Fieldwork is a major part of this degree, and you will benefit from regular local trips and longer residential visits. The University of Reading’s award-winning campus is home to over a thousand different animal species and is extremely useful for learning fieldwork skills. It offers multiple habitats for study, including lakes, hay meadows and woodlands, and allows you to step straight from the classroom to the field. Meanwhile, the University's large farms provide access to hedgerow, marshland and the Thames.

During the first year you will visit Somerset to study topics such as flooding, geology and soil formation. In your second year you will be able to visit Almeria in Spain, which is the driest area in mainland Europe. Here you will visit a solar research station and examples of greenhouse horticulture, and investigate issues such as pollution and water supply. In the final year, there is an optional field trip to Iceland.

The structure of the course enables you to pursue your own interests and even allows you to study modules from other subjects, such as biological sciences or meteorology. You can decide to pick and choose options for yourself or can stick to specialist pathways in water resources and quality, conservation and sustainability, climate and palaeoclimate change, and pollution and remediation. Furthermore, you will have the option to work as an environmental consultant for a real client. You will be assigned a stretch of the River Loddon and will carry out assessments, liaise with key stakeholders, and report your findings to the Environment Agency.

During your final year you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, such as water quality, carbon budgets or soil. You may have the chance to run it in conjunction with an outside society and gain experience of completing research for a major organisation. In the past, students have worked alongside Natural England and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. There is also the option to spend a term studying abroad in areas such as Svalbard in Norway and Rhode Island in the USA.

Placement
This four-year degree course includes an industry placement or a year's study at a university abroad. The placement will involve working on a project for a local company or organisations, providing you with valuable experience of professional work, as well as enabling you to develop your research, survey, data analysis and presentation skills. Our department has a dedicated member of staff in charge of placements, who can provide you with advice and support. We have numerous links with universities in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and you may have the opportunity to study at one of them, depending on your course. Additionally, field trips will enable you to travel to a variety of locations to carry out research.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Chemistry of the Earth and environment
* Earth structure and processes
* Environmental science field class
* Introduction to environmental science
* Introduction to physics of the environment

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£20,315
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
C

After graduation


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Environmental sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

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£20,000
med
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
77%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Conservation and environment professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals

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