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Geography (Physical)

BSc (Hons)

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UCAS code:
F840
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our Geography (Physical) degree lets you discover the processes and phenomena that help shape the natural world.

This course is ideal if you are fascinated by the physical geography and structure of the Earth. You will explore everything from fluvial, coastal and glacial processes to tectonic and volcanic processes that have helped form the geological history of our planet.

There is also a chance to apply your skills to contemporary issues of sustainability and how globalisation, inequality and power are impacting on our physical environment.

You will also join geography students from other fields in learning to gather and analyse geographical data on residential field trips.

This course is delivered by enthusiastic staff who are experts in their field. You’ll study in a department with high levels of student satisfaction, small class sizes, free fieldwork provision, friendly and supportive staff, and excellent facilities.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:

BSc (Hons) Geography (Physical)

Course content

In Years 1 and 2, you’ll develop your knowledge of earth surface processes and landforms, climate, earth hazards, biogeography, geology, and environmental issues. You’ll also learn techniques for analysing the physical environment. And you’ll explore field investigation, data analysis, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

In Year 3, you’ll take a number of specialist physical geography modules to develop an advanced knowledge of your subject area, such as Glaciers and Ice Ages, and Cities and Nature. You’ll also complete either a dissertation or a work placement project.

Our generous fieldwork provision is included in the cost of your tuition fees, so you don’t have to fund any extra costs. In Year 1, you’ll attend a residential weekend field course and have a number of regional field days. In Year 2, you will have a week-long UK residential field course, and in Year 3 you’ll go on a week-long international residential trip.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
The Dynamic Earth
Geology and Landscapes
Ecology
Geographical Skills and Tutorials
World Regional Geography
Global Challenges
Year 2 compulsory modules
This Changing Earth
Advanced Practical and Fieldwork Skills for Geographers
Geographers in the Real World
Project Preparation and Planning
Year 3 compulsory modules
Advanced Geography Fieldwork
Ice Age Britain

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 96 points

  • A levels: CCC
  • BTEC: MMM

Facilities

Careers

  • Teaching - primary, secondary, further and higher education
  • Environmental consultancy – surveying, waste management, logistics
  • Surveying and mapping - GIS technicians
  • Public sector - local government, civil service, media and research
  • Expedition management and outdoor education
  • Third sector - charities, non-governmental organisations

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

In Geography we recognise that students learn in different ways and we use a wide range of different teaching methods and situations, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops (skills based), fieldwork, technology packages, project work, roleplays, virtual learning environments and webpages to reflect this and to best deliver the specific learning outcomes of the modules. In all classes, emphasis is placed on active, experiential learning. Many of the lectures involve student-student and student-staff interaction. 

In all three years, classroom based teaching is supported by residential fieldwork (three days at Level 4, six days at Level 5, seven days at Level 6). The fieldwork in first and second year is UK based whilst in your final year you will participate in a foreign field course.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.  

Tim Harris
Tim HarrisCourse Leader

Tim's research interests include: Glacial and periglacial geomorphology, Climate Change, Quaternary Environmental Change, The Ice Ages in Britain and Pronival ramparts in Scotland and Iceland.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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