BA (Hons) Geography

Overview

This course allows you to study Geography as a single honours degree, giving you an in-depth knowledge of the subject.

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 environments and peoples, issues of inequality and division, and the ways by which we govern and plan countries, cities and countrysides.

Key Facts
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: F840
Academic School: School of Humanities
Duration: 3 years
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will normally need 96 -112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications that meet this requirement, such as A/AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc.

However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff.

Further Information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

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.

Delivery

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.

Assessment

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.

In Geography, we use a wide range of assessment methods which reflect the importance of both thinking and practical approaches in 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 reports, a dissertation and a small number of source-test exams. 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
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 the contemporary city in Europe, including historical legacies and current trends.
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.
Academic Staff
Dr Sarah Hemstock
Programme leader

Programme Leader Geography

Sarah holds a PhD in bioenergy systems modellin

Dr Nick Gee
Head of School

Dr Nick Gee joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2015 to take up the post of Hea

Dr Steven Puttick
Academic Staff

Steve has oversight of Secondary PGCE, FE, and Research Education which includes the school’s Masters pro

Support

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

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

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.

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