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Geography and Economics (Regional Science) with Professional Experience

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:18,M:27

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,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 B (or 6), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

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

DDM

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,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 | 2022

Subjects

Human geography

Economics

Explore concepts of economics and human geography – from globalisation, consumerism and sustainability, to the handling of epidemics and political and economic responses to climate change – with our BSc Geography and Economics (Regional Science) with Professional Experience degree.

This interdisciplinary, four-year degree, led by experts from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science and the Department of Economics, examines issues that dominate the news and shape the world in which we live. An integrated placement year between your second and final year enables you to gain valuable real-world experience in the workplace.

You’ll address challenges across a range of scales – local, regional, national and global – from the spatial implications of economic processes, to the economic impact of social processes.

Develop your knowledge and expertise as you critically analyse:

* how resources are allocated and used, and the consequences for social and economic wellbeing

* the impact of consumerism and sustainability

* issues of work, employment and development

* how neighbourhoods and urban spaces are regenerated

* the application of micro-economics and macro-economics to globalisation.

We’ll support you to develop subject-specific and transferable skills, including:

* GIS and remote sensing

* modelling and cartography

* statistical and numerical analyses

* research techniques, including quantitative analysis, interviewing and ethnographic approaches

* teamwork, communication, and leadership.

Throughout your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to shape your learning and follow your individual interests through our wide range of optional modules.

**Professional experience**

This degree includes an integrated year in industry – between your second and final year – enabling you to experience the workplace, develop your skills, and gain insight into possible future careers.

Previous students have applied for placements with the Government Economic Service, supporting professional economists in a range of government departments, or joined accountancy or consulting firms to gain experience in the private sector.

Students have recently worked with organisations such as:

* The Environment Agency

* The Earth Trust

* Department of Education

* Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

* Bank of England

* Deloitte

* NHS England

* IBM.

**Careers**

Your BSc Geography and Economics (Regional Science) with Professional Experience degree will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills and experiences to prepare you for your career.

You may choose to apply your economics knowledge in the private sector, with many graduates pursuing careers with economic consultancies, financial organisations, or policy think-tanks. You can also enter the public sector, making use of your specialist background in civil service with central or local government.

Your skills could be put to use as a teacher, campaigner, or communications specialist; provide consultancy on transport, regeneration management, insurance or real estate; or move into accountancy and banking, manufacturing, or retail.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

* Thames Water

* BBC

* Office for National Statistics

* Deloitte

* Citigroup

* Ministry of Defence.

Your placement will be supported by our dedicaed placement team, and you will also benefit from staff links with industry, including NGOs, local authorities and government departments.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Introducing Human Geography
* Introductory Macroeconomics
* Introductory Mathematics for Economics
* Introductory Microeconomics
* Introductory Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business.

Please check our website for more information about 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
£19,500
per year
International
£19,500
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.

84%
med
Human geography
84%
med
Economics

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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

61%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
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
96%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
D

Economics

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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
76%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
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?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
10%
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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
20%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
14%
Other elementary services occupations

Economics

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Business, research and administrative professionals
28%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Administrative occupations: finance

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

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.

Economics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£33k

£33k

£38k

£38k

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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