Geography BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

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Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2019



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Geography (BA) is one of the highest ranked courses in the UK and can prepare you for careers in many areas including local government, urban planning, environmental agencies, international development, the arts, retail, finance, ICT, education and research.

Having taught Geography for over 40 years, Coventry is ranked as the 10th best university in the UK for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Focusing on human and environmental geography, this course explores the relationships between people, places and environments and their impact on society. You will have opportunity to develop an understanding of how historical and modern activities affect our cultural and built environment, such as globalisation, development and sustainability. We will examine our invasive processes – some harmful, others helpful – like farming, construction, biodiversity or conservation. 

We offer a common first year across two of our Geography degrees, so students will touch upon topics covered in the other degree, namely physical geography (BSc Geography). All two degrees have fieldwork, both here in the UK and overseas, embedded within them. Past students have visited the Lake District to study processes of change in human and physical environments; Dorset to put into practice various human geography field techniques, examining themes such as agriculture, historical change of the urban landscape, land management and conflict; and the Gambia to study development in the West African context.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

You will be enrolled for student membership of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for the duration of your course, which includes a subscription to Geographical Magazine and access to their facilities in London, a programme of talks, as well as information and advice on career planning. Staff and students have presented talks at the annual RGS conference. Students are active members of the RGS Ambassador scheme, which promotes the subject by giving talks at schools.

Course information

All of our Geography degrees are designed to develop your knowledge of the spatial organisation and evolution of the human and physical environment, within the broad field of geographical and geoscientific inquiry.

In all three years, you will be supported to develop your practical analytical and problem-solving skills, with appropriate training in how to conduct robust independent research in the laboratory or in the field, as well as detailed critical analysis and methods of reporting. Our modular degree also allows for a strong element of personalisation.

Course specification
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The first year of the course, common across our suite of Geography courses, encompasses the study of people and place, spatial patterns, globalisation, economic, development, social and cultural geographies as well as landscape, geology, climate change, and natural hazards. For example, we will examine how processes of globalisation have impacted people across the planet and in the UK.

You will also have opportunity to learn to apply techniques such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to map and visualise geographical issues.


  • Geosystems

  • Field Techniques and Skills

  • Earth Surface Environments

  • A Globalising World

  • Numerical and Spatial Skills for Geography

  • People and Place: Introduction to Human Geography

  • Introductory Academic Skills for Geography

  • Introductory Professional Skills for Geography


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


In the second year of the course you will explore in more depth the human geography themes studied in the first year, for example society and culture, consumption geographies and international development. Skills in research, data collection and analysis will be taught in class and put into practice on an international field trip. You will also have the opportunity to select one optional module to further your specific interests in GIS, climate change or contemporary environmental issues.


  • Shop 'til you drop: Geographies of consumption

  • Development, Culture and Change

  • Society, Culture and Space

  • Becoming a Human Geographer

  • Becoming a Physical Geographer

  • Project preparation for Human Geography, including Fieldwork

  • Extended Academic and Professional Skills for Geography

  • Academic and Professional Skills for Geography – Futures

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Climate Change: The Science and the Symptoms
    • Applied GIS & remote sensing
    • Contemporary Environmental issues 


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution.


  • Professional Traning

  • Study Abroad


In your final year, you will have the opportunity to study more specialised options including food geographies, urban regeneration and local economies, geographies of social exclusion and marginalisation and development and health.

In addition, you will be able to focus on a topic of your own choice for your final year dissertation. Past students have looked at Fairtrade cities, British Muslim identities, food waste, sustainable development in West Africa and Cultural Economies, to name just a few examples.


  • Individual Project

  • International Fieldwork for Human Geography

  • Living on the Edge: Geographies of Marginalisation

  • Optional modules

    two from the following:

    • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Alternative Geographies of Pleasure
    • Four horsemen: War, pestilence, famine, death
    • Environmental Management & Assessment
    • Advanced Geoinformation
    • Geographies of Food & Farming
    • Advanced Academic and Professional Skills for Geography (incl. employment skills) 


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Research expertise in development, social and cultural geographies.
  • Outstanding student satisfaction – 100% overall for Geography in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Coventry is ranked 10th in the UK for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Excellent track record in employability – with 95% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Opportunities to participate in challenging and exciting residential field courses each year, exploring the UK and overseas.
  • Large range of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree to suit your interests with topics such as climate change, development, consumption geographies and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Regular guest lecturers from organisations such as Tear Fund, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and a number of local speciality food producers.

Our main study themes are:

  • Social Geography: How social processes operate through space, place and environments.
  • Cultural Geography: The study of the ways in which people ascribe meaning to place.
  • Development Geography: Understanding the nature of inequality in the world.
  • Economic Geography: Geographies of production and consumption.
  • Environmental Geography: The relationship between people and their environment, especially the relationship between human activity and environmental degradation.
  • Career management and employment skills: An insight into the skills required for geography-related careers and how these skills are truly transferrable.

The programme can be studied full-time over three years of study with the option of extending this to four years, by taking a sandwich year in the form of study abroad or an industrial training placement between Year Two and Year Three. Some of our past students have chosen to work in local authority planning and sustainability departments, delivered practical skills training in field study centres or taught in schools.

We have a wide range of teaching methods which are an established feature of all of our Geography courses. For example, you will have opportunity to participate in computer workshops to undertake data analysis using bespoke specialist software, such as ArcGIS. 

The fieldtrips, which occur in each year, provide an unrivalled opportunity to contextualise classroom-based learning and develop practical skills through real-life application. In addition to the residential field trips, you will have opportunity to undertake a range of day trips to gain practical experience of applying your knowledge. Previous trips have included the Peak District, Ironbridge Gorge and Stratford-upon-Avon to study a range of human geographical themes. These UK field trips are included in the course fees.

You will be taught by experienced teaching staff who bring professional and research expertise into their teaching; for example, children’s geographies, development geographies of Africa and consumption geographies particularly relating to the fashion industry and ethical fashion. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

Teaching methods include:<br> lectures, seminars and tutorials, frequent field trips, practical classes and laboratory exercises.

Meet our staff

Michelle Newman

Michelle Newman is a senior lecturer in human geography.

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This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework reports, essays, practicals, presentations, posters, formal examinations and project work.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The nature, practical value and application of geography and the earth sciences and its concepts, methods and techniques.
  • The constitution and character of space, place and landscape.
  • Concepts of spatial and temporal scale, variation and change in the human and physical worlds.
  • Reciprocal relationships between physical and human aspects of environments and landscapes.
  • Patterns, processes and consequences of uneven development, difference and inequality.
  • Nature, mitigation and management of contemporary environmental problems and hazards.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Plan, design and execute a piece of rigorous research or enquiry using appropriate methods and strategies of acquiring, interpreting and analysing information.
  • Conduct field and laboratory work together with data collection and associated investigative and analytical skills.
  • Recognise the moral and ethical issues involved in debates and inquiries.
  • Show awareness of how skills and training can be applied to work of a geographical nature.
  • Understand the way in which organisations are structured and operate.
  • Observe, contextualise and analyse information through field and laboratory studies (including computational).
  • Demonstrate a range of transferrable professional skills including: intellectual and problem-solving skills; effective team work; initiative and responsibility your own learning and development; self-reflection; time management and personal organisation, including working to deadlines; excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 16 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of small group teaching each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminar each week
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake at least a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week.

Geography is a global subject and globalisation is a core theme running through course content and international themes are core to our teaching. As such, much of our teaching relies on the use of case studies from around the world; your lecturers will often draw on examples related to their research, such as child headed households in post-conflict Rwanda, for example.

There are exciting opportunities for international field work in your final year. Past students have visited Taiwan to understand the measures that can be taken by people to address the natural hazards and our current students explored The Gambia in West Africa to experience first-hand the workings of village communities and the challenges they face in education and health. You will also be given strategic briefings by government officials, investigate the relationship between trade, aid and development and conduct fieldwork in rapidly urbanising environments.

The optional sandwich year provides additional opportunities to broaden your international perspective by either studying or working abroad for a year. In the past, some students have chosen to study related subjects at Madrid, while others have undertaken placements volunteering in schools in South Africa, working for global charities in India and participating in a community outreach programme in Jordan, assisting local communities in development projects. Others have taken the opportunity to spend their summer performing voluntary work in the USA to enhance their skills and experience of an increasingly connected world.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU012
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB DDD-DDM 29 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.


Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from Coventry University. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community. Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is also the opportunity to apply to one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2019

£9,250 (per year)

UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2019

£9,250 (per year)

EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2019

£13,800 (per year)

International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Successful Geography graduates possess a number of skills that are highly valued by employers. They are literate and numerate, experienced in solving complex problems and developing solutions for multiple stakeholders through the collection and analysis of information. As such, excellent employment prospects are available.

Our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will help you in finding work experience while you study and employment on graduation. Professional placements significantly enhance your employability and many of our students have found their first graduate job through the organisation they worked for on placement, for example local authorities and planning departments.

Typically, our students seek work with local authorities, government agencies, utility companies, research institutes, charitable organisations, field test centres and consultancies. Alternatively, they progress onto MSc or PGCE studies. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent examples of graduate employers include: Transport for London; Barclays Bank; Grays Travel; Parsons Brinckerhoff; Football in the Community; Urban and Transport Planning; Network West Midlands; non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Concern Universal; and various graduate training schemes, including that of the Civil Service.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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