Geography BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

F800

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Overview

Covering physical landscapes, the natural environment and global change, our Geography BSc (Hons) course can show you how our world is changing.

Having taught geography for over 40 years, Coventry is ranked as one of top 10 universities in the UK for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

This course focuses on the dynamics of physical landscapes and their links with people and places. We will cover the natural environment – landforms, glaciers, rivers and coasts, together with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. You should seek new insight into global issues, such as environmental change, climate change, sustainability and pollution.

We offer a common first year across the Geography BSc and the Geography BA courses, so students will touch upon topics covered in the Geography BA, namely human geography. Both degrees have mandatory field trips, here in the UK and overseas, embedded within them (which may be subject to additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements). Past students have studied natural and cultural landscapes in the Lake District and the processes of change in human and physical environments. They have put into practice various physical geography field techniques in Tenerife examining themes, for instance biodiversity, environmental gradients and hazards such as wildfire and volcanic eruptions, and also considered a range of environmental management issues in Morocco.

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

Employability

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)

Accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) until June 2023 for the purpose of recognising the delivery of geographical knowledge, understanding, skills, approaches and attributes expected of high quality geography graduates. The University’s accreditation with RGS shall be up for renewal in June 2023. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

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.

What our students say

Coventry University has provided an incredible experience. Studying Physical Geography (BSc) has offered opportunities to undertake fieldwork in beautiful destinations, providing hands-on learning. It has been a genuine pleasure to have studied at Coventry, I could not recommend it more for an extraordinary and memorable student life!

Malini Navinchandra, Geography BSc (Hons), graduated 2018

Course information

All of our geography degrees are designed to help 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 encouraged to develop your practical, analytical and problem-solving skills, with appropriate training in how to conduct robust independent research in the laboratory and in the field, as well as detailed critical analysis and methods of reporting.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year of the course, common across both our BA and BSc geography courses, encompasses the study of people and place, spatial patterns, globalisation, economic, development, political social and cultural geographies as well as landscape, climate change, and meteorology. 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 qualitative and quantitative techniques and have certified training in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software to map and visualise geographical issues.

Modules

  • Earth surface environments

  • Geosystems

  • A Globalising World

  • People and place

  • Fundamentals of geographical research

  • Introductory academic skills for geography

  • Introductory professional skills for geography

Add+vantage

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.

Overview

In the second year of the course you will explore in more depth the physical geography themes studied in the first year, for example climate change, river and coastal processes and biodiversity and ecology. 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 specialised optional module to further your specific interests in GIS, hydrometeorological hazards or contemporary environmental issues.

Modules

  • Biogeography and environmental change

  • Climate change: The science and symptoms

  • Fieldwork and research applications

  • Rivers and coasts

  • Academic and professional skills for geography – futures

  • Extended academic and professional skills for geography

  • Optional modules (one of the following)

     

    • Applied GIS and remote sensing
    • Contemporary environmental issues
    • Hydrometeorological hazards

Add+vantage

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.

Overview

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*.

*Please note that placement opportunities and/or study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Modules

  • Professional Training

  • Study Abroad

Overview

In your final year, we aim to deepen your understanding of environmental systems and problems, such as assessing environmental hazards in different climates, and applying this knowledge during an international field trip*. You will be able to select more specialised options, including past climate and environmental change, biodiversity and conservation, planning and sustainability, and develop further skills in GIS.

You will also be required to carry out an independent piece of research for your dissertation. For example, former students have investigated sea level change in Scotland, evaluated lake reconstructions from south-east Asia, developed ways of assessing the value of alternative water management techniques, calculated the carbon storage potential of green roofs and assessed the potential for improving landscape connectivity for endangered species.

*Please note that such opportunities may be subject to additional costs and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Modules

  • Applied geomorphology: theory and practice

  • Individual project

  • International fieldwork for physical geography

  • Advanced academic and professional skills in geography

  • Academic and professional skills in geography – the next step

  • Optional modules (one from the following)

     

    • Biodiversity & conservation
    • Geo informatics
    • Quaternary climate and environmental change
    • Shaping places: planning, sustainable, environment

Add+vantage

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.

10th

Our geography and environmental studies courses are ranked 10th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Research expertise in flood risk, storm water management, sea level change, quaternary environmental change, and ecological monitoring and management.
  • Outstanding student satisfaction – 100% overall for Geography in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.
  • Coventry is ranked 10th in the UK for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Excellent support for, and track record in employability.
  • Opportunities to participate in challenging and exciting residential field trips 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 environmental change and management, hazards, biodiversity and conservation, planning and sustainability, Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing.

Our main study themes are:

  • Earth and environmental systems: the functioning of the systems that drive the physical environment.
  • Environmental issues and their management: the physical and human causes of the issues and what options are available to address the consequences.
  • Climate change: The impacts of a changing climate on environment and people, together with techniques needed to mitigate and adapt.
  • Scientific techniques for environmental research: Gaining experience in studying the environment and the most appropriate techniques to employ.
  • 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 an industrial training placement or study abroad between year two and year three*.

In their sandwich year, former students have chosen to study geology and natural hazards in Iceland and environmental change in Sweden, where classes are taught in English. Those undertaking a placement have previously worked in local authority planning and sustainability departments, taught practical skills in field study centres, taught in schools, worked in ecological and environmental consultancies and as flood and water planning officers.

We have a wide range of teaching methods which are an established feature of all of our geography courses. For example, we utilise computer workshops to undertake data analysis using specialist software, such as a GIS system. You will also have the opportunity to use our specialist facilities, where, for example, learning to reconstruct environments from physical data or to assess levels of pollution from chemical and biological samples by undertaking analyses in our environmental laboratories.

The field trips, 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 the opportunity to undertake a range of day-trips, to gain a practical experience to apply your knowledge.

These local trips monitor river flow, for instance, and we offer a number of optional modules which include visits, an example being to consider the implications of conservation management strategies. These UK field trips are included in the course fees.

You will be taught by teaching staff who aim to bring professional experience and their own research into their teaching. Our staff members are active researchers in topics including environmental change, ecological monitoring in southern Africa, flood modelling, water management and coastal management. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you in meetings throughout all years of your course and will be available for advice during published hours.

*Please note that such opportunities may be subject to additional costs and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Meet our staff

Frank Warwick

Frank Warwick is a senior lecturer in Physical Geography at Coventry University.

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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 assessment strategy endeavours to ensure 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 will have knowledge of:

  • The nature, practical value and application of geography and the earth sciences and their 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 will 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.
  • 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.

Geography is a global subject and international themes are core to our teaching. As such, much of our teaching relies on using case studies from overseas and your lecturers will draw on case studies related to their research from around the world. For example, previous cohorts have considered ecological monitoring and management in southern Africa and in the case of South America looked at the impacts of dams on natural river flows, biodiversity, infrastructure management and flood risk.

There are exciting international field trips in your second and final year. Our students will have the opportunity to visit Tenerife to gain field skills to better understand biogeography and ecology, and different natural hazards. Final year students will have the opportunity to explore Morocco to investigate topics such as flooding, ecological succession, habitat management, evidence of land movement over time, and environmental reconstruction from sediments. You can also apply to work abroad or study at an international university during your sandwich year – the geology and natural hazards course at Reykjavik in Iceland proving a popular choice. Students have also previously participated in a community outreach programme in Jordan, assisting local communities in development projects, while others have spent their summer performing voluntary work in the USA to enhance their skills and experience of an increasingly connected world.

These international experiences aim to provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental issues affecting other parts of the world, and to develop and apply your skills as a physical geographer in an international setting.

Please note that such opportunities may be subject to additional costs and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

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)


3,482

Student experiences

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


21,000

and counting

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


12

global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU013
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB DDD-DDM 29 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

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: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. 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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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. 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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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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £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!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £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.

Course essentials – additional costs

  • Field trips may be subject to additional costs. Students are also expected to be equipped with appropriate fieldwork clothing and footwear.

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, as skills include literate and numerate, experienced in solving complex problems and developing solutions for multiple stakeholders through the collection and analysis of information.

Past students have gone onto a wide variety of roles, such as a GIS officer, data analyst, flood risk analyst, sustainability officer, asset systems manager, planning consultant, environmental energy consultant, public health officer, teacher, meteorologist, insurance assessor or government administrator.

Our faculty’s employability and placements unit 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 applying for work experience while you study and employment on graduation. Choosing to undertake a work placement should improve your chances of finding graduate employment, while your GIS skills can help enhance the skills required in one of the most important emerging industries.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you with skills and helping you apply 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 graduates are working for the Environment Agency, environmental departments of local authorities, environmental consultancies, such as Halcrow Group Ltd and Middlemarch Environmental, the Met Office, the Metropolitan Police, various research institutes and utility companies, such as Severn Trent Water. Others have gone on to pursue postgraduate study, teacher training and other professional qualifications.


What our students say

The course is engaging from the first week to the last. The staff are enthusiastic and very knowledgeable in all areas of Geography. Overall the BSc Geography course covers a full spectrum of Geographical topics and prepares you for any related job after graduation!

Nathaniel Revell , Geography BSc (Hons), graduated 2018
Disclaimer

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.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
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