BSc Geography (F800)

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UCAS code F800
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 869
Number of places for 2016/17 135

About BSc Geography

In year one you receive an advanced overview of both human and physical geography, and develop a wide range of geographical and scientific skills. The following years are organised around six specialist pathways, of which you choose three at the end of year one.

The pathways allow you to explore physical and/or human geography and their interface.

The physical geography pathways reflect our staff's research skills in glaciology, hydrology and environmental change.

Human geography pathways provide in-depth study of cultural, economic and social geography, emphasising the importance of theory and methods for analysing contemporary geographical problems and policies. Topics range from economic development and global politics to inequalities of health and contemporary social theory.

In all pathways, you also take core elements that develop your skills, including the use of specialised computer software, statistics, and data collection in the field.

More about Geography

Find out more about studying Geography at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Four core units:
    • Physical Geography
    • Human Geography
    • Geographical Practices
    • Geographical Methods
  • Two open units from wide range of options

Second year

  • Core unit: Spatial Modelling 2
  • Three pathways chosen from:
    • Cryosphere
    • Hydrosphere
    • Environmental Change
    • Historical and Cultural Geography
    • Political Economy
    • Philosophy, Social Theory and Geography
  • One of:
    • Research Methods in Physical Geography and Study and Field Skills in Physical Geography
    • Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography and Study and Field Skills in Human Geography

Third year

  • Dissertation and Study Skills
  • Other units selected according to the pathways followed in year two:
    • Cryosphere
    • Hydrosphere
    • Environmental Change
    • Historical and Cultural Geography
    • Political Economy
    • Spatial Modelling 3
  • and cross-cutting options in:
    • Environmental Impacts and Policy
    • Political Ecology
    • People and Planet.
Further details about the course structure for Geography

Typical offer for BSc Geography

(including international A-levels)
A*AA in any subject or AAA in three specific subjects*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB in any subject
IB Diploma 38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level in any subject or 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level including three specific subjects*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall with 17 points at Higher level in any subject
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at distinction including 12 credits at distinction in Geography or a core science and 15 credits at merit
BTEC DDD with Distinction in relevant units
SQASH: AAAAA and AH: AA in any subjects or SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in two specific subjects*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade or AAB at A-level in three specific subjects and C in Welsh Baccalaureate Advance Core
EB88% overall or 85% overall including 8.5 in three specific subjects*
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile C
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Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:grade B or above in Mathematics.
Academic qualifications*Specific subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computing, Design and Technology – Product Design 3D, Environmental Studies, Further Maths, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Information Technology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics

More entry information

Admissions statements relate to 2016 entry and will be updated for 2017 entry in summer 2016.

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Fees and funding

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International students

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Key information about this course

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  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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