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Geography BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    F800

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


What physical and human factors are impacting on our environment? How are they being addressed at local, national and international level? How can we influence change? If those sorts of questions interest you, then our Geography programme is for you.

Informed by research and a contemporary approach, enthusiastic and experienced academic staff support learning throughout the degree.

We prioritise seminars, workshops, and lab sessions that allow closer interaction between staff and students. We achieve this level of personalisation through small group teaching and one-to-one tutorials. There are also opportunities for residential fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

Staff ensure that students are ready for employment with effective study skills training and a career planning module.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Updated 15/10/2020

Highlights


  • Optional overseas fieldtrips.
  • Tailor the degree to your individual needs and interests
  • Small class sizes, enabling us to provide high levels of support.
  • Employability support incorporated into the curriculum.
  • 100% overall student satisfaction, NSS 2020
  • Accredited by Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
  • Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content


  • Teaching and learning

    We prioritise small group teaching in seminars, workshops, lab sessions, and tutorials that allow closer interaction between staff and students.

    You will be taught through a variety of methods such as:

    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Individual and group tutorials
    • Fieldtrips
    • Practical classes in the lab or computer room
    • Online activities and materials
    • Guest speakers

    All learning is supported by enthusiastic and experienced academic staff.

    Careers

    We offer an innovative approach to enhancing your employability.  Our geography programmes feature career planning modules, which focus on developing your awareness of your subject-specific and transferable skills and a reflective approach to learning.  Career planning workshops take place in all years of study.  We are confident that this experience gives you the edge when applying for employment or postgraduate training.

    We work closely with careers advisers to ensure students get one-to-one career guidance and support.

    Guest speakers from a range of businesses and organisations – including lots of our own Geography graduates – contribute to the curriculum. This gives students ‘real-world’ insights into current issues, provides up-to-date information about the workplace, and gives opportunities for networking with potential employers.

    MODULES

    Information about the modules for this course can be found on the award map:

    View Geography BSc (Hons) modules

  • This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

  • Are there any study trips?

    Fieldwork is key to understanding geographical issues and developing transferable skills.  Many of our modules include part- and full-day field trips.  Typical locations include London and the Midlands.  In addition, we often conduct fieldwork on campus and in Northampton.

    There are UK residential field trips at Stage 2.  Recent trips have included five days in Devon studying physical geography techniques and topics, and two days in Sheffield exploring urban geographies.

    As well as local area visits, there are optional overseas trips at Stages 2 and 3.  Locations in previous years have included Barcelona, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. There is no charge for field visits within the UK, however there are additional fees for the optional overseas trips.

    How will I be assessed?

    Each module includes two or three items of assessment.  Assignments are designed to develop your skills, as well as test your knowledge and understanding.

    There is a range of written assignments, including reports and essays.  You may also be asked to analyse data or reflect on your learning.  In some written assignments you will be tasked with writing in a style appropriate to a particular audience. Presentations, debates and discussions are used to assess your verbal communication skills.

    Some modules have an exam.  For most students, examinations make up no more than a quarter of all assessment.

    A detailed set of instructions is provided for every assignment.  Students are encouraged to meet with academic staff to get one-to-one support.

     

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

     

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Additional Costs

    This course includes residential and day fieldwork trips within the UK and overseas. These opportunities help you to develop your skills and also visit sites that may be restricted for the general public.

    As well as local area visits, there is a residential trip overseas where you will study the physical landscape, tourism and resource management.

    There is no charge for field visits within the UK, however the optional overseas trip would incur an additional to be confirmed by your tutor.

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation Study Framework: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Additional Costs

    This course includes residential and day fieldwork trips within the UK and overseas. These opportunities help you to develop your skills and also visit sites that may be restricted for the general public.

    As well as local area visits, there is a residential trip overseas where you will study the physical landscape, tourism and resource management.

    There is no charge for field visits within the UK, however the optional overseas trip would incur an additional to be confirmed by your tutor.

  • Amie - Geography student

    Amie is a Geography graduate:

    “My personal development has been incredible at the University. Practical elements of the course, such as fieldtrips, as well as extracurricular activities such as societies, have helped me hugely.”

    “If you love geography, this course is amazing! It covers so much and has so many module choices to suit everyone. I feel extremely confident that this course has set me up for my future career.”

    “I wouldn’t change my time at the University for anything. I can honestly say this University has changed my life!”

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