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Geography

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

AAB if no preferred subjects* are included ABB if one or more preferred subjects* are included *Geography, Biology, Maths, Psychology, English Literature, Economics, History, Chemistry, Sociology, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, Politics, Business, Art. A Pass in science practical is required where relevant science A Levels are taken. General Studies is excluded for entry. Contextual Offer: We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB if no preferred subjects BBB if one or more preferred subjects* are included *Geography, Biology, Maths, Psychology, English Literature, Economics, History, Chemistry, Sociology, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, Politics, Business, Art.

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6

Typical Offer: 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

Typical offer : D3 D3 M2 Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer , where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

Extended Project

A

A Level students also taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will be made an alternative offer of one grade below the typical A Level offer.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Typical offer : Pass with an overall minimum score of 34 points to include a minimum of 17 points at a higher level International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

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

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

Plus English and Maths Ordinary Level O4 or higher. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

Plus one A Level at grade A

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD

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

DD

Plus one A Level at grade A

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

D

plus two A Levels at grades AA

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

DDD

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

plus two A Levels at grades AA

We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. For example, S5 – S6 (2 years): AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year): ABBBB (A in specific subject). Unless a more advanced level (Higher or Advanced Higher) is specified in the stated entry requirements, all applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4" We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner's potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

AA from two A levels and Grade B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

UCAS Tariff

128-136

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Physical geography

On this BA Geography degree, you’ll gain a highly transferable set of skills and an understanding of the complexities of our world. You’ll learn how economic, social, and cultural processes affect health and wellbeing. You’ll study human-environment relations and the market-economy. Using tools such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) you’ll explore the similarities, differences and challenges of people living across our inter-connected planet. You’ll be able to adapt your degree programme to fit your interests and academic passions after successful completion of year one.

You’ll travel to a location such as Amsterdam for your year two compulsory overseas field course (included in course fees). This field trip is an important milestone in developing your skills as a researcher, giving you the opportunity to undertake human geographical research in international cities. Further optional overseas field courses allow you to hone these skills in the diverse and unique environments that European and South East Asian locations offer.

Your future employability is a key priority throughout your studies and all University of Southampton geography programmes are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society. Southampton graduates work in a range of careers including public policy, teaching, environmental consultancy, financial services, retail, marketing, town-planning, GIS-related and government advisory roles.

Geography at Southampton is ranked 5th in the UK in The Guardian University Guide, 2022.

Subject to revalidation.

Modules

Field work is an important element of your degree and you will have the option to participate in projects in each year of study.

You will also complete core modules (listed below) and choose additional optional modules each year.

Year One:
Field work,
Non-residential one-week field course, looking at both human and physical geography topics.

Core Modules:
A global world,
Curiosity, Creativity and Communication,
Dangerous world,
Dynamic Landscapes,
Society, Culture and Space,
The Earth System

Year Two:
Field Work,
One-week overseas field trip (compulsory and covered by your fees) previous trips have been to Amsterdam.

Core Modules:
Introductory GIS systems,
Remote sensing for Earth Observation,
Practicing Human Geographical Research,
Researching Human Geography.

Year Three:
Field work,
Optional field trips further afield. Previous trips have been to Berlin and Cambodia.

Core Modules
Geography Research Project

The full list of modules is available on the website course page: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/geography-degree-bsc#modules.

Assessment methods

The learning activities for this course include the following: lectures, classes and tutorials and coursework.

We’ll assess you using: developing websites, essays, individual and group projects, oral presentations and written and practical exams.

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
£21,580
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

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
Physical 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.

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

65%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
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.

Physical geographical 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
95%
low
Employed or in further education
49%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Business, research and administrative professionals
6%
Teaching and educational 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

£27k

£27k

£32k

£32k

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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