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Geography with Mountain Leadership

BSc (Hons)

94% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2018

Fieldwork opportunities

UK and international residential field trips

Expert teaching team

The team’s expertise is closely matched to the modules on the course

UCAS code:
F8X3
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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The only one of its kind in the UK. As well as gaining a degree in Geography, you'll qualify as a mountain leader with the Mountain Training Association.

If you’re interested in establishing a career in outdoor education, recreation management, outdoor pursuits, landscape assessment and management, or expedition leadership - or if you want to join the Armed Forces - this course could be for you. As well as gaining a full Honours degree in Geography, you’ll qualify as a mountain leader with the Mountain Training Association (MTA). It is also an excellent choice for anyone considering a career as a teacher. 

The course itself is delivered by staff who are experts in the field of geography and enthusiastic about the outdoors. 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 with Mountain Leadership

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

BSc (Hons) Geography with Mountain Leadership

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll study core modules in physical and human geography to set the basis for your studies. You’ll develop your practical skills in computing, cartography and data analysis and you’ll start to build your repertoire of outdoor and navigation skills. 

In Year 2, you’ll complete your MTA Mountain Leader Award training as part of residential fieldwork in UK uplands. You’ll also continue develop your knowledge of a range of physical and human geography issues, as well as having a further residential field class in the UK. And you will explore field investigation, data analysis and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 

In Year 3, you’ll take your Mountain Leadership Skills Assessment during a UK residential field class. You will also attend a week-long international residential field class, and choose from a range of specialist physical and human geography modules, such as Glaciers and Ice Ages, Global Cities, and Planning for Climate Change. You’ll also complete a dissertation or workplace project. 

UK and international residential field trips - and the costs of the mountain leader training and assessments - are all included in the cost of your tuition fees.

In Year 1, you’ll study core modules in physical and human geography to set the basis for your studies. You’ll develop your practical skills in computing, cartography and data analysis and you’ll start to build your repertoire of outdoor and navigation skills. 

In Year 2, you’ll complete your MTA Mountain Leader Award training as part of residential fieldwork in UK uplands. You’ll also continue develop your knowledge of a range of physical and human geography issues, as well as having a further residential field class in the UK. And you will explore field investigation, data analysis and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 

In Year 3, you’ll take your Mountain Leadership Skills Assessment during a UK residential field class. You will also attend a week-long international residential field class, and choose from a range of specialist physical and human geography modules, such as Glaciers and Ice Ages, Global Cities, and Planning for Climate Change. You’ll also complete a dissertation or workplace project. 

UK and international residential field trips - and the costs of the mountain leader training and assessments - are all included in the cost of your tuition fees.

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.

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
People and Places: An Introduction to Human Geography
The Dynamic Earth
Geographical Skills & Tutorials
Geology and Landscapes
Outdoor Skills
Year 2 compulsory modules
This Changing Earth
Advanced Practical & Fieldwork Skills for Geographers
Mountain Leader Award (Training)
Project Preparation and Planning
Year 3 compulsory modules
Professional Practice & Careers for Geography Graduates
Advanced Geography Fieldwork
Mountain Leader Award (Assessment)

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 96 points

  • A levels: CCC
  • BTEC: M

Typical UCAS Offer: 96 points

  • A levels: CCC
  • BTEC: M

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

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.

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.

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

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. 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 and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. 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.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. 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 and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. 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 fulfilled his lifetime ambition to study in Iceland by collaborating with a number of researchers both in the UK and overseas, including Staffordshire University’s Professor Fiona Tweed.

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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)
£11,320 per year of study

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

Mode of study
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 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

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