BA (Hons) Geography

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Overview

UCAS Code:L701
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Department of Geography and Geology
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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Clearing & Adjustment:Places Available
  • Focus on the spatial dynamics of human societies, cultures and behaviours while also exploring the physical environments, landscapes and environmental processes of Earth;
  • Travel to a variety of fieldwork destinations in the UK and abroad;
  • Equip yourself with a wide range of fieldwork, laboratory and key skills that will enhance your employability.

This degree will provide you with a deeper appreciation of the world and your part in it, while broadening your horizons with travel to fieldwork destinations. Through theoretical and practical investigation you will develop an understanding of the environmental, political and socio-economic issues facing the world, as well as knowledge of the patterns, processes, interactions and changes in the Earth’s physical environments. The social, economic, political and cultural processes impacting on the human world will also be studied and you will gain expertise in Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing using the latest industry standard technology. Some specialisation in human geography is possible on this BA (Hons) programme.

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In Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 provides a foundation in human and physical geography and introduces you to a variety of environmental issues. You will gain an understanding of the physical framework of the Earth’s surface and the materials and processes operating there, while identifying and exploring key inter-relationships between people, places and environments. Practical techniques for the handling, analysis and communication of spatial and graphical data will be introduced as you develop skills in cartography, research and statistical analysis. You will also participate in residential fieldwork.

In Year 2 you will enhance your knowledge of essential research methods in human geography, discovering how to design a research proposal and conduct and report upon effective field investigations. You will be immersed in digital geographies, developing your skills and knowledge in remote sensing analysis and the interpretation of aerial and satellite imagery through the use of geographical information systems (GIS). The key concepts in urban and rural geography will also be examined, investigating the similarities and differences encountered by people living and working in urban and rural environments. A choice of optional modules enables you to focus on human geography themes including retail and consumption geographies and sustainability. Alternatively, you may wish to explore physical geography topics such as biogeography, geomorphology, weather systems, and the processes and properties of soils. There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

In Year 3 you will complete an independent research project, examine the cultural impact of modern sport and how it is used to explore geographical concepts of space, place and identity, and focus on the role of heritage and culture in the tourism industry. You will have opportunities for further specialisation through additional human geography modules covering themes from population and medical geographies to popular cultural practices in southern Asia. Physical geography options are also available enabling you to study natural hazards, environmental change, fluvial and coastal landscapes and processes, wetlands and their ecosystems, remote sensing and the application of GIS technologies.

How will I 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.

How will I 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 me?

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.

A Great Study Environment

A student sitting by a microscope examines a rock he is holding.The 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.

Modules

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Year 1

GEO1043Introducing Human Geographies (20 credits)

Introducing Human Geographies provides a broad introduction to the study of human geography, identifying and exploring key inter-relationships, namely between people, places and environments. The module outlines conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of human geography. Attention focuses on the role of time, space and scale in human geography. In addition, the module introduces students to current debates, concerns and issues within the discipline.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

GEO1044Practising Human Geographies (20 credits)

Practising Human Geographies focuses on the broad theme of ‘human geography in action’. The module will introduce you to the research process in human geography and the idea of ‘practising’ human geography. You will be guided through the research process, using local fieldwork activities to gain experience of practising and evaluating the effectiveness of a range of qualitative research methods. In addition, key themes and case studies in cultural, urban and environmental geography will be used to exemplify different ways in which human geography can be researched.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO1045Introducing Physical Geographies (20 credits)

Introducing Physical Geographies provides an overview of physical geography which looks at basic concepts and their development. The module outlines the physical framework of the Earth’s surface and investigates the materials and processes operating there. It covers aspects of biogeography, soils, climatology and geomorphology.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

GEO1046Environmental Issues (20 credits)

Environmental Issues provides an awareness and understanding of the nature of environmental issues facing the world today. Issues such as climatic change, water quality, flooding, biodiversity loss and human vulnerability to natural hazards will be considered. Through case studies, the physical processes underlying the issues will be explained together with an evaluation of management responses.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO1047Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science (20 credits)

Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science is a skills-based module, using geographical knowledge to develop a range of subject-specific skills together with general use of ICT and communication skills. The module focuses on the handling, analysis and communication of spatial and graphical data. You will be introduced to the principles, uses and practical skills of Geographical Information Systems as part of the module.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO1048Introduction to Geographical and Environmental Science Research (20 credits)

Introduction to Geographical and Environmental Science Research provides an overview of the subject specific and generic skills in Geography and Environmental Science that you will require to study, research and succeed in your studies. This includes the development of research skills, cartographical skills, statistical analysis and fieldwork skills.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either GEO1044 Practising Human Geographies or GEO1046 Environmental Issues.

Year 2

GEO2070Research Methods for Human Geography (20 credits)

Research Methods for Human Geography uses investigative research processes to enhance and develop your knowledge and understanding of essential research methods in human geography.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO2072Human Geography Research in Practice (20 credits)

Human Geography Research in Practice uses investigative research processes to enhance and develop essential field research methods in human geography. You will learn how to design a research project proposal using appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods, carry out and report upon effective field investigations in an overseas setting, and identify the significance of the appropriate ethical, health and safety and environmental issues in human geographical fieldwork.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO2078Urban and Rural Geographies (20 credits)

Urban and Rural Geographies investigates key themes, concepts and issues in urban and rural geography. The module’s attention focuses on exploring the similarities and differences encountered by people living and working in urban and rural environments through an examination of the economic, social and political processes which have shaped such lived experiences and relationships.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO2080Digital Geographies (20 credits)

Digital Geographies develops your knowledge and skills in remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) which are widely used in a variety of fields including planning, health studies, environmental investigations and resource management. The module focuses on remote sensing analysis and interpretation of aerial and satellite imagery, which has transformed the manner in which geographers and geoscientists view the Earth. You will explore how remote sensing and GIS have greatly improved our understanding of atmospheric, oceanic and landform processes, helped to sustain environmental management and enabled a better understanding of the interaction of humans with the natural world. The module also extensively covers the use of Geographical Information Systems as one of the most important tool to process and analyse geographical data.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select two of the following modules:

GEO2074Retail and Consumption Geographies (20 credits)

Retail and Consumption Geographies examines the workings of the retail industry, exploring how this industry impacts on people, places and environments. The module considers the ways in which the retail sector has changed over time, in particular in terms of space, technology and behaviour.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO2075Geomorphology (20 credits)

Geomorphology introduces you to the study of geomorphological processes and the landforms they produce in a range of Earth surface environments. The module will outline important concepts for understanding the relationships between processes and landforms. You will study the linkages between landforms and processes in a selection of Earth surface environments such as coastal, fluvial, desert and glacial. You will also be introduced to the identification of landforms and the observation of processes through work in the field and laboratory.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

GEO2076Sustainability and the Global Built Environment (20 credits)

Sustainability and the Global Built Environment explores the human-built environment’s relationship with sustainable development through a number of key issues, concepts and theories of architecture, urban planning and design. Particular emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the city culture and the transformation of the global built environment.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

GEO2077Weather, Climate and Soils (20 credits)

Weather, Climate and Soils provides you with a detailed understanding of the climate system and the soil system. The module covers a range of atmospheric processes through to the development of weather systems, with a specific focus on mid-latitude weather. The varying nature and properties of soils, and the soil processes which give rise to soil formation and development are then considered. You will receive practical training in the analysis and interpretation of meteorological data as well as being guided in the methods used in the field and laboratory analysis of soils.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO2079Biogeography (20 credits)

Biogeography examines spatial and temporal patterns of living organisms over the Earth’s surface and highlights the fundamental processes and causal factors which determine these patterns, examining contributions to these processes by human and physical phenomena. Key themes such as the history and development of ecological communities through time, human impacts on the biosphere and biodiversity run through the whole module.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO2081Work Based Learning for Geography, Environmental and Geological Science (20 credits)

Work Based Learning for Geography, Environmental and Geological Science provides you with a professional setting in which you can apply the knowledge and skills acquired in lectures, workshops and practical classes, while simultaneously extending and refining your knowledge and skills, over and above the experiences provided through the mechanisms of fieldwork and dissertation work.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Year 3

GEO3070Dissertation in Geography (40 credits)

Dissertation in Geography enables you to develop and apply a range of research and transferable skills in the planning, execution and reporting of an individual research project on a relevant topic of your choice. The module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to work independently and effectively, meeting deadlines and producing a professional product, in consultation with a supervisor.


Assessment: Coursework: 90%, Practical(s): 10%.

GEO3074Sport Geographies (20 credits)

Sport Geographies investigates how modern sport is used to explore geographical concepts of space, place and identity. The module examines the economic, social, political, health, environmental and cultural impacts of sport. You will focus on the economic, political and social processes operating at various spatial scales and build your understanding of how they produce a range of sporting opportunities, experiences and modes of engagement.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

GEO3076Heritage Tourism (20 credits)

Heritage Tourism explores the presence of the past in contemporary society, focusing on the role of heritage and culture in the tourism industry. You will define and understand classifications of heritage themed attractions, identify and critically evaluate the role of heritage in place promotion and economic regeneration, critically evaluate debates surrounding the representation of people, places and cultures, and assess key issues surrounding the management of heritage sites and attractions.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

You will select two of the following modules:

GEO3071Natural Hazards (20 credits)

Natural Hazards identifies the nature of geohazards and the relationships between hazards and risk to people. The module investigates the distribution, causes and management of a range of major geohazards. It will enable you to demonstrate your ability to research and evaluate information on geohazards both on an individual basis and in a group scenario.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO3072Population and Medical Geographies (20 credits)

Population and Medical Geographies enables a contemporary understanding of population and medical geographies through the exploration of a number of number of key themes, concepts and theories of demography, epidemiology and accessibility to health care provisions. The module also develops your practical skills through the use of statistical packages to analyse and map health care data.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO3073Environmental Change (20 credits)

Environmental Change develops your knowledge and understanding of the nature of environmental change from the last glacial period to the recent past. You will examine the evidence for change, consider potential causes, and analyse the spatial and temporal responses.  The module explores the major changes of the Late Glacial, Holocene and recent periods and examines the relative contibutions of forcing factors, such as climatic variability and anthropogenic activity. In addition, the module critically considers the techniques and methodologies used in the reconstrcution of environmental change.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO3075Rivers and Coasts (20 credits)

Rivers and Coasts immerses you in the advanced study of fluvial and coastal landscapes. The module draws on geomorphological, environmental and management issues in rivers and coastlines in the UK and around the world, with particular emphasis on fluvial/coastal processes and resources. The impact of management strategies and climate change on fluvial and coastal landscapes will also be explored. The module considers key theories on fluvial and coastal geomorphology, examines recent papers in each topic area and explores some of the techniques and instrumentation in modern research. A number of examples will be drawn from research in the North West of England and other areas of the UK.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

GEO3077Wetlands (20 credits)

Wetlands explores the largest terrestrial carbon store; wetlands. The module studies the flora and fauna that have adapted to and formed these environments. You will examine the sensitivity of these environments to climate change and analyse the historic, current and future management strategies required to preserve these ecosystems.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

GEO3078Popular Culture of South Asia (20 credits)

Popular Culture of South Asia explores cultural practices in both South Asian and diasporic South Asian communities living in the UK, with particular reference to historical geographies (including colonial and post-colonial period) of different nation states. You will critically assess key concepts such as orientalism, colonial and post-colonial culture, imperialism, hybridity and nationhood. The aim is to analyse the relationships between societal and cultural variables in major developing nations and the UK, synthesise the approaches of relevant disciplines (such as history, religion and social studies) and recognise cultural diversity and social inequality within South Asian societies.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

GEO3079Remote Sensing (20 credits)

Remote Sensing facilitates advanced learning in remote sensing, covering the theory behind the acquisition, interrogation and application of Earth observation imagery and the practice of image analysis. Module content will include remote sensing basics – the remote sensing process, the nature of imagery and image processing procedures, as well as the application of remote sensing to different environmental and social issues. These include deforestation, agricultural production and urban growth.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

GEO3089Applied Geographical Information Systems (20 credits)

Applied Geographical Information Systems recognises that GIS is an increasingly specialised and growing field, providing spatial data management and analysis to many academic disciplines as well as a broad range of business and public organisations. The module focuses on the theory and application of GIS technologies for geographical and environmental enquiry and/or application. You will develop advanced technological skills which will enhance your employability.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SPY3048Critical Autism Studies (20 credits)

Critical Autism Studies adopts a critical approach to understanding autism and seeks to challenge the dominant medical model of neurological deficit. Rather than viewing autism as a cognitive development disability, you will be encouraged to consider it as a naturally occurring form of cognitive diversity. The module will examine the argument that autism has been constructed as a neurobiological deficit in a context of neurotypicality or cognitive normality. Understanding autism as neurodiversity opens up spaces for more positive interpretations of autistic people’s experiences, skills and identities. The module is underpinned and, in part, informed by, research by members of the programme team which is focused on areas of sexuality and autism and, specifically, what professionals and care workers should do when providing support for people whose intellectual disability or mental condition makes their consent – being informed, competent and free from coercion – legally unreliable.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SPY3110Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits)

Critical Terrorism Studies recognises that in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and those in London, Madrid, Paris and beyond, terrorism and political violence have become ever more pressing contemporary issues. But, what is ‘terrorism’; what does the term itself actually mean? What causes political violence, how is it represented in modern multi-mediated societies and how does the issue of ‘counter terrorism’ impact on the lives of people today? How has the ‘fear’ of terrorism come to affect our society? These are the sort of questions this module is designed to address. You will be invited to employ and develop your understanding of critical sociological theories, concepts and approaches in order to investigate these matters of great contemporary social importance.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SPY3112Desire: Law, Politics, Ethics, Difference (20 credits)

Desire: Law, Politics, Ethics, Difference explores the question of how we understand sexual desires, how they shape our identities and relationships and how our practices make erotic, social and cultural meanings for us and others. The module also examines why we permit some sexual pleasures while regulating or prohibiting others and questions what rationales explain how these lines of distinction are drawn in contemporary societies. Whilst law clearly provides a coda of what is regulated or prohibited, it rarely explains why. You will explore these issues, develop a critical sense of enquiry and reconstruct ethical, cultural and political arguments for why society might wish to regulate or prohibit, or perhaps even encourage and celebrate, different desires and pleasures.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

SPY3118Childhood and Sexuality (20 credits)

Childhood and Sexuality juxtaposes how children and young people are constructed simultaneously as desexualised or pre-sexual beings and, therefore, in need of protection and, at the same time, young people, in particular, are portrayed as sexually ‘promiscuous’ or engaged in sexual ‘risk taking behaviour’. The module introduces you to the tensions between these contradictory constructions of youth sexuality and explores the ways in which young people understand their sexuality and develop their sexual identity.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SPY3122Superdiversity and Community (20 credits)

Superdiversity and Community explores the theoretical and conceptual platform of (super)diversity as well as its implications for policy and practice. (Super)diversity has slowly gained ground as an important concept in explaining the diversification of urban areas in the North Western world as a result of increased immigration and the contact between people of various backgrounds. At the same time, superdiversity research and the broader social science literature consider diversification a topic worthy of investigation in its own right. Recently the attention of scholars concerned with issues of diversification has turned to the implications that conceptual and societal developments linked to (super)diversity have for communities and practitioners. The module will analyse these implications in light of burgeoning literature in the field of diversification and community and social relations.


Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

SPY3125Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions (20 credits)

Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions provides you with the opportunity to intensively study a particular society and culture through some of its contemporary issues. The module allows for the comparative cultural analysis of a different society to the one you live in, focused around some preparatory lectures and reflective sessions and an intensive study trip to that country. The focus of the study trip will be to explore both comparisons and contrasts, and use the experience of difference to explore social and cultural issues and problems.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

Timetables

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.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

Entry Criteria 2019/20

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

Some examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • 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.

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Entry Criteria 2020/21

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

Some examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • 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.

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

A geography degree is recognised by employers for the extensive range of transferable skills that graduates have including IT and communication skills, project management, report writing, statistical analysis, group work and oral presentation skills. These skills are of great value to them and to you in your career.

You will be qualified for a career in industry, administration, finance, marketing, local government, environmental management, planning, remote sensing, environmental monitoring and consultancy, environmental education, postgraduate study, teaching (further training required) and research.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

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.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2019.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

6th February 2018 - New Module Added

GEO3089 Applied Geographical Information Systems (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

8th January 2018 - Change to Entry Requirements

An A-Level (or equivalent qualification) in Geography, Environmental Science or a related subject is now essential in order to meet the standard entry criteria for this degree.