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Environmental Science with Professional Experience

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 | 2021

Subject

Environmental sciences

Study the environment from a scientific perspective, and discover how to solve some of the most-critical challenges facing planet Earth, with our accredited BSc Environmental Science with Professional Experience.

You’ll explore Earth’s natural systems – its physical, chemical and biological interactions – and use this knowledge to develop strategies for tackling major environmental issues such as climate change and pollution.

This three-year degree has a strong scientific focus. Your learning will span from the single cells and atoms that form the building blocks of our world, to the cycling of matter and flows of energy into, between, and within the:

- solid Earth and its surface

- hydrosphere

- atmosphere

- biosphere.

Gain essential skills needed by today’s professional environmental scientists. Our balance of practical and theoretical learning enables you to gain experience in the field and enhance your specialist subject knowledge with real-life experience – preparing you for a career, or further research, in the environmental sector.

Choose BSc Environmental Science with Professional Experience at the University of Reading

- Accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

- The University is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Environmental Studies, and 54th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

- Ranked 4th in the UK for research power for Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (Research Fortnight’s Analysis Power Rankings, 2014, based on its analysis of Research Excellence Framework 2014).

The flexibility of this degree allows you to make an informed decision about where to focus your study, providing the opportunity to adapt your degree to your chosen interests as they develop.

Alternatively, you can choose from a variety of specialist pathways, including:

- water resources and quality

- conservation and sustainability

- climate and palaeoclimate change

- pollution and remediation.

**BSc Environmental Science with Professional Experience placement year**

A key component of this degree is a year-long professional placement, which occurs between your second and final year.

Working with a local company or organisation, you will:

- deepen your knowledge and put your learning into practice

- develop your research, survey, data analysis and presentation skills

- build your professional network

- gain insight into the sector and potential career options.

Some of our students choose to complete their dissertation in conjunction with an outside agency, engaging in research for major organisations such as Natural England and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Professor Hilary Geoghegan leads on the £1.3m national ‘Community for Engaging Environments’ project, giving students an opportunity to get involved with professional environmental research.

**Careers**

Your BSc Environmental Science with Professional Experience degree will equip you with a wide variety of skills – from teamwork writing and presenting, to the ability to adapt to changing circumstances – highly desirable to a range of employers.

You’ll be well placed to enter a variety of technical and scientific roles in areas such as:

- environmental protection

- renewable energy

- sustainable transport

- water

- environmental consultancy.

Recent students have gone on to work for a range of major organisations, including:

- AWE

- Centre for Alternative Technology

- Thames Water

- Sustrans

- Syngenta

- Jacobs Engineering

- Environment Agency.

Your degree also offers a route into postgraduate study, research or teacher training.

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
£20,830
per year
International
£20,830
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 Reading

Department:

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

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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.

91%
med
Environmental sciences

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.

Environmental sciences

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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

73%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
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?

55%
UK students
45%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
A

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.

Environmental 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.

£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

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.

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

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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