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Geology (Including Foundation Year)

Entry requirements


A level

E,E

To include one Science subject and to exclude General Studies. We take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Access to HE Diploma

D:0,M:0,P:45

Science or Mathematics Access required. Combinations of credits amounting to the same tariff points are acceptable – if you have any questions please contact [email protected]

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

PPP

Relevant subject required. We take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact [email protected]

UCAS Tariff

32

To include one Science subject and to exclude General Studies. We take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Geology

The foundation course in Geology is designed for applicants who do not meet the entry criteria for the BSc (Hons) Geology degree. You’ll start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your scientific skills and knowledge and progress to the degree in Geology.

On this Geology course, you’ll explore diverse topics, including how to describe, analyse and interpret rocks, how volcanoes are formed, how ice ages originate, how to search for oil and gas, and what Britain was like 300 million years ago. Our Geology degree emphasises applied geology, so you will learn vital skills for the workplace, including geographical information systems (GIS), geological mapping, and geological methods. The final year also includes several industry led workshops.

Modules

In the first year, you will gain basic geological knowledge and scientific background. In years two and three, you will enjoy more detailed study and develop practical and transferable skills.

Foundation Year: Geology degree
Foundation Statistics
Foundations of Mathematics
Essentials of Science
Foundations of Earth Science
Rocks in the Field
Foundation Ecology and Environmental Science
Physical Science
Year Two: Geology degree
The Dynamic Earth
Rocks, Minerals and Fossils
Basic Field Geology
Advanced Field Geology
Introduction to Data Analysis and GIS
Geological Research Techniques
Year Three: Geology degree
The Evolving Earth
Sedimentology
Structural Geology
Petrology
Geological Expedition
Applied Geochemistry (optional)
Digital Mapping for Geology (optional)
Year Four: Geology degree
Basin Analysis and Hydrocarbon Exploration
Geophysical Methods
Independent Mapping and Project
Volcanology
Engineering and Mining Geology
Hydrogeology

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£12,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Pontypridd

Department:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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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.

90%
med
Geology

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.

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
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?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

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.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£21k

£21k

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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