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What makes Geography at Worcester special?

With a sweep as broad as the horizon, Geography offers you the chance to explore questions of people and planet, from natural hazards and climate change to migration and religion.

With the world as our subject, why limit your studies just to the classroom? Geography at Worcester has a strong emphasis on practical work, enhancing both your learning and your employability, whilst giving you the chance to study Geography where it works best, in the field.

Key features

  • Strong links with national bodies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Wildlife Trusts
  • State-of-the-art facilities to support your learning, including a drone, helikite, 2 river monitoring stations and a virtual mapping suite
  • Fieldwork opportunities in Scotland, the Lake District, France and Switzerland
  • Keep your interests broad, or tailor the course to your interests with options in Human and Physical Geography, or explore the relation between the two
  • International partners in the USA, Ethiopia, Malawi, Chile and Slovenia
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

260-300 UCAS tariff points

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Please note that shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Geographical Investigations
  • Earth Systems, Processes and Landscapes
  • People and Place

Optional

  • Introduction to Geology
  • Introduction to River Science
  • Country and the City
  • Unequal World

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Geography Field Course
  • Researching Geography

Optional

  • GIS
  • Mountain Environments, Landscapes and Hazards
  • Meteorology and Climate
  • River Monitoring and Assessment
  • Natural Hazards
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Geography
  • Geographies of Development
  • Rural Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Research Project in Geography

Optional

  • Mountain Environments Field Course
  • Changing Places Field Course
  • Work Placement
  • GIS
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
  • River Conservation and Management
  • River Science Research Project
  • Environmental Geology
  • Mountain Glaciers and Landscape
  • Ice Age Environments
  • Critical Geographies of Leisure and Consumption
  • Political Geography
  • Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change
  • Town and Country Planning
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Geographies and Disability

In your first year you will explore the fundamentals of this exciting and dynamic subject, learning subject knowledge and skills essential for more advanced study. In your second and third years of study, you can specialize in human or physical geography if you so wish. Modules at this level allow you to find out more about the fascinating research and consultancy activities undertaken by staff, whose enthusiasm for their topics is infectious!

What really sets this course apart from others is its practical, hands-on emphasis. As a student at Worcester, you will enjoy a generous fieldwork programme, laboratory work, computer-based practicals, seminar discussions and a friendly and supportive learning environment. These activities help you to understand subject knowledge and develop a wide range of specialist and transferable skills, invaluable for employment or further study. This approach, repeatedly praised by external experts, is complemented by an assessment strategy that focuses on coursework rather than formal examinations

Read our 'Guide to Geography'

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Think geographically and critically assess spatial and temporal change in both the physical and human environments
  • Plan, design and execute a piece of original geographical research
  • Work effectively in a variety of interpersonal situations that will enhance your communication and employability skills
  • Apply your knowledge and skills to a range of contemporary geographical issues

Teaching approach

  • Lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, computer practicals, local and residential fieldwork, individual and group project work, tutorials and work placements
  • The emphasis on fieldwork and practical work is a distinctive feature of the programme, allowing you to develop specialist and transferable skills that will provide you with the edge in further study and employment. Strong links with local employers also provide interesting and exciting work placement opportunities.
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment, with a strong practical programme that helps you develop knowledge and skills relevant to your career
  • Strong links with local employers provide opportunities to conduct innovative third year research projects

 

 

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

This course will prepare you for a range of interesting and diverse careers, including environmental consultancy, geographical information systems (GIS) management, local government and planning (e.g. town and country planning, regeneration managers, tourism officers, climate change development officers, data managers, community service managers), conservation, working with the wildlife Trust or Civil Service, research and teaching. Alternatively you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.

Geography graduates have a good track record in gaining employment in a wide range of professions and organisations, as a result of the broad range of skills developed through hands-on learning activities centred on the analysis of real world issues and processes.

There are many opportunities to extend one’s experience and enhance one’s CV by carrying out voluntary work. Staff members in the Institute have links with several local government (such as local authority planning departments) organisations and other environmental and conservation agencies and can help organise voluntary work (which can feed into Independent Studies projects in the final year of study). Numerous undergraduates have volunteered to assist in the collection of River Science field data in recent years and have gained experience in using our state of the art river monitoring equipment. This has helped some of them gain employment after graduation in the water industry, with environmental consultancies and the Environment Agency.

  • News

    Bristol Geography Student to Spend a Month Studying Volcanoes

    geography student to study volcanoesPhysical Geography student at the University of Worcester is embarking on a month-long trip to monitor volcanoes in the Canary Islands.

    Aaron Provis, from Bristol, has been awarded a £400 scholarship from the University to support him on his academic adventure in July.

    The 20-year-old will spend a month in Tenerife monitoring the El Hierro Volcano and Teide Volcano Summit Cones.

    “I wanted some work experience but as my main interest is natural hazards I thought it would be difficult to find something other than flooding related roles,” he said.

    “I looked at this internship and saw there were only 1 or 2 places and also it was open to undergraduates from both Europe and America. So I just worked on my CV and thought why not, nothing to lose.”

    Aaron’s hard work paid off and he was offered the internship. His time in Tenerife will give him experience in field work, looking into diffuse volcanic degassing surveys. During his time there, Aaron will also help in the lab to analyse chemical and isotopic soil gas samples collected during the field work.

    Aaron said he was extremely grateful for the University’s support in making the trip happen. “The scholarship is very important to me as I would have struggled to pay for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said.

    On his return Aaron hopes to use the work he does on the internship to support his studies at the University. “I am hoping to base my Independent study on the work I carry out in Tenerife,” he said.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Geography BSc (Hons) L700 BSc/Geo

 

Joint Honours:
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Geography - LN79
Ecology and Geography - DF48
Environmental Science and Geography - NF98
Geography and Physical Education - LX74
Geography and History - LV71
Geography and Mathematics - FX83
Geography and Sports Studies - LC76

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

L700

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk 

Head of Geography and Archaeology

01905 855440
d.mcdougall@worc.ac.uk

Departmental Office

Lisa Hopkins
01905 855201
l.hopkins@worc.ac.uk