In our fantastic new facilities, you will address the major issues facing humankind today – from global warming, scarce resources and biodiversity to overpopulation, hazard risks and globalisation.

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    Studying for a BSc in Geography will provide you with a gateway to life-long learning about issues that will really matter to our shared future.

    Guided by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals you will explore the big issues of the day including: climate change; the threat of over-population; loss of biodiversity; global inequalities; levels of economic development; and global security, - these are only a few of the many issues that will be explored.

    Why Study Geography with Foundation Year?

    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    On our Geography degree there is a strong emphasis on field work, including regular visits to sites around the local area making your real-world experiences relatable to those of the classroom – exploring a variety of human and physical environments, processes and systems.

    The laboratory and generic scientific skills you will gain will increase opportunities for you to integrate your field observations with a knowledge of biological, chemical, and physical processes in the environment - a clear key strength of this curriculum that sets this course apart from many other geography degrees.

      All about the course

      During the foundation year, you'll learn essential study skills that you'll need as you progress through the degree.

      Field trips abroad will encourage you to explore new landscapes and cultures through the lens of your unique geographical knowledge, while placement options will enable you to gain vital employability skills.

      Over four years, you will develop the skills to collect, manipulate, analyse, map, visualise and communicate geographical phenomena independently as you research topics of your own choice, often with specific employment goals in mind.

      Industry links

      The Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent was launched in March 2016. Discovery Park is a fabulous site with well over 100 companies now based there, many of which are active in the science sector.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

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      How you’ll learn

      You will study modules entitled as follows. Module descriptions will follow soon.

      Foundation year:

      • Introduction to Biology
      • Introduction to Chemistry
      • Science Skills
      • Advancing Chemistry
      • Introduction to Global Environments
      • Advancing Biology

      Year 1:

      • Natural Environments
      • Human Environments
      • Chemistry for Life and Environmental Sciences
      • Statistics and Introduction to ‘R’ Software
      • Diversity, Evolution and Ecology
      • GIS and Remote Sensing

      Year 2:

      • Field to Fork: Farming systems and food production
      • Global Sustainable Economic Systems
      • Applied GIS
      • Principles of Conservation
      • Sustainable Places and Planning

      Optional modules in Year 2:

      • Soils, Plants and Environment
      • Work Placement

      Year 3:

      • Honours Project in Geography (40 credits)
      • Climate Change: Impacts and Policy
      • Spatial Policy, Planning and Management
      • Global Food Security
      • Global Geopolitics and Environmental Sustainability

      You will be taught through a combination of workshops, field visits and trips, laboratory practicals and seminars.

      Workshops will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your Personal Academic Tutor at least once each semester, but you are encouraged to arrange additional meetings as required.

      You will use industry-standard software. You will also have access to specialist facilities and equipment throughout your course.

      In the final year, you will conduct an independent research project that can cater to your particular interests and skills development. You will be supervised by a member of our academic team and guided in undertaking independent research, data analysis and presentation of your results. Depending on the topic of your project, you may also have the opportunity to collaborate with an industry partner on an industry-relevant research project.

      Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

      When not attending workshops, practical sessions, or other timetabled activities you will continue learning through self-study that will be structured for you by the module leader for each module. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, engaging with online learning materials (videos, quizzes etc.), undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops, and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For the Honours Project module in the final year you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of our academic team, with support of other members of the teaching team where necessary. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

      All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications. They are research-active. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

      Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

      Working with researchers in the classroom, the lab and a wide variety of field locations you will learn to apply your knowledge to solve real world problems in different kinds of environments and situations, all preparing you for a long life of learning and employment.

      Dan DonoghueCourse Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is also a formal or 'summative' assessment element for each of the modules. Assessment methods a range of coursework assessments such as laboratory reports, literature reviews, skills assessments, presentations, and your final year major project. Some modules also have a formally assessed exam. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

      Typically, there will be two coursework assessments weighted at 50% and 40% and a practical skills portfolio weighted at 10%. Some modules will have an exam that replaces the 50% piece of coursework.


      You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader or personal academic tutor.

      We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

      Your future career

      Putting theory into practice, all within an overarching context of the world we live in and the real-world problems we face, means a focus on management, planning and policy is imperative in the latter stages of the degree as you prepare to graduate and move into careers or further learning at MSc or PhD level.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

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