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Geography with a Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

Swansea University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Singleton Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    25-SEP-23

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

From exploring landscapes and how they are shaped, to interpreting satellite Earth observation and GIS data, to monitoring environmental changes from Space, the study of geography is more relevant than ever. **Why Swansea?**- 7th in the UK for satisfied with course [Guardian University Guide, 2021]- Top 10 in the UK for research impact [Research Exercise Framework, 2014-2021]- Top 200 in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021 (Shanghai Ranking)If you're returning to education after a break or don't have the necessary qualifications to go straight onto our BSc scheme, our Geography with Integrated Foundation is an excellent choice that will equip you with highly desirable practical, numerical and computational skills for a wide range of careers. These include regional planning, environmental management, local authority work, financial planning, computing or business and retail management. Our strong relationships with industry enable us to provide great work experience opportunities to enhance your employability. We are ideally placed to offer exceptional fieldwork opportunities. Just a short drive from the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Peninsula, you will have easy access to the Brecon Beacons, rural west Wales and the urban and industrial landscapes of South Wales. You'll also have an opportunity to carry out fieldwork overseas in Austria, Berlin, Malaysian Borneo, Mallorca, New York or Vancouver. During the foundation year, you will learn about physical geography, human geography and natural sciences, as well as developing your study skills. After successful completion, you will progress to one of our main Geography degrees through which you'll explore topical issues such as glacial environments and processes, climate change, meteorology and plate tectonics. You will be taught in our £4.2m state-of-the-art Science laboratories, in a vibrant and friendly department ranked 8th in the UK for research impact (REF 2014) and 20th for research quality (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2018). You'll have access to our high-performance computer lab for processing and interpreting satellite Earth observation and GIS data, a stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer, a climatic test chamber, mineral magnetic characterisation equipment and an automatic organic carbon analyser.You will learn from internationally renowned academics including Professor Tavi Murray, the first woman to be awarded Polar Medal by HM Queen, Professor Adrian Luckman, who has achieved global media coverage for his climate change research, Professor Peter North, who received international coverage of his work with NASA, and Professor Siwan Davies, whose work focuses on the dramatic changes to our climate. "The Foundation year was hard, harder than my first year of the degree course in some aspects! But it provided me with all the skills I needed to start my first year, not only on a par with those who came straight from A levels, but with an edge. The broader spectrum of topics during the foundation year allowed me to get a feel for what I enjoyed, and what I didn't, eventually leading to the selection of more physical topics for my second year. I graduated with a 2.1 - something I would never have even dreamed possible 4 years ago." -- Max Moss, BSc Geography with Integrated Foundation*We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information. *

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,100per year

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University information

Swansea University

  • University League Table

    42nd

  • Campus address

    Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales

Swansea University is proud of its diverse student community, with students and staff from over 120 countries.
Swansea’s dedicated international recruitment, admissions and student support teams will help to guide you from application to arrival and beyond.
Swansea offers highly rated teaching and is ranked in the top 30 UK Universities (Complete University Guide 2022).

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    37th out of 76 11

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    119 58%

    39th

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    49th

    23
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    22nd

    1

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