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Geography BA (Hons)

UCAS code: L701

Pack your bags and discover how human societies, cultures and behaviours are shaping the planet on our geography degree. By specialising in human geography, you’ll explore the socio-economic, cultural, political and environmental issues facing today’s world.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Geography and Geology
Department: Geography and Geology
Students enter a lecture theatre in the Geosciences building.

See how human societies, cultures and behaviours have shaped our environment. Exciting UK and international fieldwork opportunities will broaden your geographical knowledge of the Earth’s human and physical environments, landscapes and processes.

Using the latest industry technology on our geography course, you’ll gain experience in geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. And develop your understanding of the human factors – social, economic, political and cultural – that influence life on our planet.

Specialising in human geography will help you understand the economic and environmental challenges facing the world. You’ll complete theoretical and practical investigations, and learn about Earth’s changing physicality to better understand key global issues.

We’ll help you to prepare you for life after Edge Hill. Take part in tailored careers and employability activities across your three years to help you discover what to do next.

Course features

  • Fieldwork

  • Learn a Language

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

What you'll study

Get involved with residential fieldwork and master practical techniques for handling, analysing and communicating spatial and graphical data. You’ll cover global environmental issues and the relationship between people and places. This includes the human and physical landscapes of Earth. You’ll also develop skills in cartography, research and statistical analysis.

Compulsory modules:

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Contemporary Geographical Research

Contemporary Geographical Skills

Introducing Human Geographies

Introducing Physical Geographies

Two of:

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Environmental Issues

Practising Human Geographies

Language 1

Design a research proposal and take part in and report on field investigations. You’ll uncloak digital geographies, remote sensing analysis and learn how to read aerial and satellite imagery to better understand human geographies. In your optional modules, you can explore sustainability, migration, community resilience and political geographies. There’s also the chance to take on a work placement.

Compulsory modules:

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Digital Geographies

Human Geography Research in Practice

Research Methods for Human Geography

Three of:

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Biogeography

Cultural Analysis in a Global World

Gender, Sex and Violence

Geographies of Vulnerability, Risk and Hazard

Geomorphology

Political Geography

Political Ideologies

Retail and Consumption Geographies

States, Conflict and Political Violence

Sustainable Urban Futures

Urban and Rural Geographies

Violence and Society

Weather, Climate and Soils

Work Based Learning for Geography, Environmental and Geological Science

Language 2

During Year 3 of BA Geography, you’ll complete independent research and have the opportunity to specialise in social, cultural and political geographies. This can range from reviewing socio-cultural issues and migration politics to heritage and culture in the tourism industry. You can also study natural hazards, environmental change, and environmental management.

Compulsory modules:

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Dissertation in Human Geography

Four of:

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Natural Hazards

Environmental Change

Sport Geographies

Rivers and Coasts

Heritage Tourism

Wetlands

Environmental Hydrology and Flood Management

Applied Geographical Information Systems

Landscape Ecology

Critical Geographies of Modern Slavery

Critical Autism Studies

Critical Terrorism Studies

Childhood and Sexuality

Superdiversity and Community

Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions

Sociology of the Body and the Emotions

Language 3

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Teaching is through laboratory and workshop practical activities, lectures and seminars, directed independent study, dissertation supervision, tutorials and fieldwork. We place an emphasis on building your employment potential through the acquisition of subject-specific, key and career management skills, as well as the development of knowledge and understanding.

Fieldwork is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable aspects of our programme. Current fieldwork locations include Cumbria, the Netherlands and Mallorca as well as local sites.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessments give you the opportunity to display your knowledge and understanding and to develop and demonstrate your competence in subject-specific and key skills. Modules are assessed by either coursework only or a mixture of coursework and examination. Exams never count for more than 60% of the total mark for modules that include an examination. Coursework includes practical portfolios, essays, project reports, field notebooks, individual and group oral presentations and poster presentations.

Who will be teaching you

We have experienced and knowledgeable staff who take pride in the quality of their teaching. All staff are research active, which means that they keep up-to-date with current developments in their areas of interest and pass this knowledge on. We are a friendly and approachable department where you won’t get lost in the crowd and we will respond to your needs.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112 UCAS Tariff points, including Geography, Environmental Science or a related subject. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or Adult Numeracy at Level 2 or above, or equivalent, is also required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

GeoSciences buildingThe Department of Geography and Geology’s modern and wide-ranging facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.

The GeoSciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, physical geography and environmental science laboratories, a geology laboratory, a geo-engineering laboratory, geo-information laboratories and a large social area.

Where you'll study

GeoSciences

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

By the end of the degree, you’ll have developed a range of transferable skills useful to both public and private sector organisations. Our graduates are now working with:

  • the City of London Corporation
  • the Local Government Association
  • Cadent Gas
  • John West Foods
  • Eversheds Sutherland International LLP

Their job titles include project manager, principal town planner, GIS analyst, financial litigation paralegal and lecturer. To help you work towards these kinds of roles, you can attend our annual Careers and Employability Week. Alumni, industry professionals and staff from other University departments will help you sharpen your employability prospects.

Another option you may want to look at is postgraduate study. Graduates from this degree have gone on to study town planning, teaching, law and GIS.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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