This course allows you to study Geography as a single honours degree, giving you an in-depth knowledge of the subject.
If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction in what it means to be a university student, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge for effective undergraduate study. In addition, during your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress your studies in your chosen subjects.
Geography at BGU considers changing environments and landscapes, the effects of natural processes on the earth, the interaction of people with the planet, and the fortunes and fates of ecosystems. BGU Geography students also learn about the enjoyment of and exploitation of the world’s natural and human resources, the promotion and protection of environment and peoples, issues of inequality and division, and the ways by which we govern and plan countries, cities and countrysides. There are no formal examinations and an
emphasis is placed on fieldwork and ‘doing geography’.
|Academic School:||School of Humanities|
|Mode of Study:||Full-time|
|Awarding Institution:||Bishop Grosseteste University|
Why Study This Course?
Entry Requirements for Foundation Year
Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GSCE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.
Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.
The Foundation Year syllabus does not include any specific element of upskilling in English language and you are not entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L into a Foundation Year. International applicants are not eligible to apply for an undergraduate course with a Foundation Year.
In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (AP(E)L).
About The Course
Are you looking to explore the many attractions and dilemmas of the world around us? Geography is an amazing discipline to study at university. Geography at BGU aims to cover the spectrum of human and physical areas of enquiry. You will study challenging ideas in geography, but also many of the geographical methods and approaches used in applied work contexts, such as in education and teaching, urban and rural planning, conservation and economic regeneration, market research, risk management, tourism and leisure, and defence.
In order to experience the degree in greater depth, we will be giving you opportunities to take part in optional enrichment activities to enhance your knowledge, including a range of field courses and trips.
In studying Geography at BGU, you will also investigate how geographical information is gathered, analysed and displayed using sophisticated and advanced methods and technologies. In addition to our full-time staff, you will learn from other specialists and professionals who work with geographical information and skills. Field course experiences will also be a key aspect of your experience.
This course is ideal if you’re interested in the environment and human societies, and want to learn more about how geography features across the world and in everyday life. By the end of the course, you’ll leave us equipped with a wide range of transferable skills, which can be taken to a broad set of public, private, commercial and third-sector settings.
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
Students can apply to do a “study abroad” module in semester one of their second year as part of the Erasmus+ Programme.
International Symposium on Climate Change and the Role of Education
Students will also have opportunities to be involved in examining the role of education in regards to Climate Change as part of the International Symposium on Climate Change and the Role of Education run and organised by staff members of BGU; Dr Sarah Hemstock and Professor Walter Leal.
There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.
You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework, work-based placements or even field visits. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.
Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.
Foundation Year 0 Modules
Self As Learner
In this module you will explore and consider what it means to be a successful learner at university. You’ll explore the principles of effective learning and engage with a range of tools and techniques to practice and develop strategies for your own learning. These include for example, understanding your needs as a learner, effective time management and organisational skills.
You will learn about a range of resources and practice locating and using these resources to support effective learning. These resources will include, for example, textbooks, websites, academic journals, and popular press. In addition to these key techniques, the module covers academic conventions including referencing, citation and the risks of plagiarism.
This module will allow you to learn to utilise sources in a considered and critical way. You will begin to engage effectively with literature and other sources in a meaningful manner that promotes deep learning and enables knowledge and understanding of a topic. You will also begin to differentiate qualitative and quantitative data and consider their appropriate interpretation and use.
Critical thinking is an integral part of university study. While studying this module you will define critical thinking, its importance and how it can help you in your learning. A range of critical thinking models will be utilised to demonstrate how this works in action, allowing you to recognise critical thinking and identify barriers and challenges.
The Digital Learner
The skilled use of digital technologies is an important element in university study and is used to support both the obtaining and demonstration of knowledge. This module will develop your digital capabilities and confidence, encouraging you to develop techniques for the purposeful use of a range of digital tools to support learning. These include specific tools such as the Virtual Learning Enrivonment and appropriate and effective uses of wider applications such as social media, email and the internet.
This module explores, compares and evaluates a range of communication types, giving you opportunities to combine written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. From a theoretical, sociological perspective you will explore different communication media and styles of discourse, for example, discussion, debate, enquiry and reporting.
Reflection is a powerful learning tool that enables you to consider your existing knowledge and also to plan for your future learning and professional development. The module content includes the principles of reflective learning and collaborative planning with reference to structured models. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to attend live delivery of an ongoing degree programme which will provide a taster of discipline-specific undergraduate study.
Academic writing is an essential element of successful university study, so this module explores a range of techniques to help develop your own academic writing style. It will enable you to draw together your learning throughout the Foundation Year and reflect on the feedback you have received. You will structure a clear and effective piece of academic writing on a subject-linked topic in which you will apply standard academic conventions.
We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.
During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include, short-form writing, annotated bibliography, presentations, micro-teach, use of digital technologies, reflective journal and academic essay. Assessment strategies are designed to be supportive, build confidence and also aim to ensure you will develop the core skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, comprehensive, diverse and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support your preparation for undergraduate study. All modules involve early, small and frequent informal and formal assessments, to ensure that you gain confidence in your knowledge and abilities as you progress through the Foundation Year. You will also have opportunity for self-evaluation and reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.
In Geography, we don’t have exams. Instead, we use a wide range of assessment methods which reflect the importance of both thinking and practical approaches to Geography, and the importance we give to the future employment skills of our graduates. These assessment methods are varied and include essays, displays of work, oral presentations, placement portfolios, a dissertation and reports. Our aim is to produce confident geographers who demonstrate well-developed knowledge and awareness, and advanced analytical and communication skills.
Careers & Further Study
Throughout this course you will acquire a number of useful skills which can be transferred to the workplace, such as good communication skills, the ability to work effectively in groups and as an individual, good organisational and decision-making skills, effective analytical skills, and the ability to apply theory to practice. Possible future careers for geography graduates include education and teaching, town and country planning, conservation work, market research, the media and tourism and leisure.
Year 1 Modules
This module will focus on coastal and river environments as a fascinating context for studying the impact of physical and human processes, and the challenges that these represent.
This module explores people and place in the UK context, including demographic change, spatial and cultural mobility, geographical differentiation, and identities.
Students on this module will bring together various aspects of their learning. They will draw on human and physical knowledge and approaches, with a feature of the module being a UK field-course setting.
In this module you will consider areas of practice relating to the use of data, GIS and spatial analysis, with a particular focus on aspects of historical and cultural change, and local and regional UK contexts.
In this module you will be introduced to degree-level physical geography. You will investigate the importance of physical geography, and how different approaches develop our understanding and management of the earth and natural processes.
In this module you will be introduced to human geography at degree level. You will examine the significance of human geographies, and how geographical perspectives help advance our understanding of societies and peoples.
Year 2 Modules
This module develops the knowledge and understanding of students in relation to a specialist area of enquiry in Cultural and Human Geography. Students will consider key areas of theory and practice relating to the exploration of changing geographical thought and the development of geographical imagination. Focus will be on the themes, for example: power and powerlessness, the creation and cultivation of identities, and the cultural significance of consumption habits. This will include critical ideas, sources and interpretative approaches. Students will study the use of qualitative methods in human and cultural geographical investigation of people and place. Students will express their ideas and findings in written and spoken form through discussion and argument.
This module develops the knowledge and understanding of students in relation to a specialist area of enquiry in Human Geography. Students will consider key areas of theory and practice relating to the study of urban places and their experience of change, renewal and planning. This will include critical ideas, sources and interpretative approaches. Students will study quantitative and qualitative methods in the geography of cities and towns, and focus in particular on the European context. The module will engage in consideration of various critical intellectual and methodological issues relating to, for example: urban cultures and identities, decay and gentrification, and the role of urban environmental management. Students will extend their range of study skills, including in research methods.
In this module you will explore the contemporary city in Europe, including historical legacies and current trends.
In this module you will deepen further your understanding of the discipline of geography. You will learn how it has been shaped by leading geographers, new theoretical thinking, and shifts in fields of research interests and methodologies.
In this module you will explore travel, transport and tourism patterns and processes in the European context, and can be the setting for a residential field course experience.
This module examines rural environments in the European context, including the challenges faced by rural societies, settlements and landscapes.
In this module students will have the opportunity to apply their geographical knowledge and skills in a placement context. Opportunities for placement-based learning will be found typically in settings like schools, local government, heritage management, and charities.
This module investigates the diverse use of spatial data and GIS in understanding societies and the challenges facing people and populations.
Year 3 Modules
In this module you will explore local and regional settings in the contemporary global context, including the challenges to customs and traditions being brought by development today. This module can be the setting for a residential field course experience.
In this module you will apply the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have gained in an extended piece of independent study. A dissertation supervisor will support you in optimising this research opportunity.
This module follows on from the GIS module in year 2, and will you will understand further how GIS can be used in specialised areas of geographical research.
This module considers the essential issues of sustainability and food and energy security, and the range of challenges and solutions evident globally.
Students on this module explore physical and environmental geographies further, in particular the nature of extreme locations and events.
Studying at BGU is a student centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
Fees & Finance
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Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.