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Human Geography (Placement Year) BA (Hons)

Lancaster University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

With a unique blend of social sciences and geography, gain first-hand experience of the ways in which people interact with their environment and how they form communities, cultures, and economies. Benefit from support to secure a paid placement enabling you to experience twelve months working in the type of organisation that you might aspire to join when you graduate. You will study a diverse range of modules that are developed and taught by our world-class academics who are leading experts in human, environmental and political geography, development studies, Anthropology, political economy and science and technology. Our location, between the rural settings of the north and the bustling cities of Liverpool and Manchester, enables us to explore some of the UK's most unique areas of geographic interest. You will gain a wealth of hands-on experience with field trips to places such as Manchester city centre, the Cumbrian coast and the Lake District, as well as international locations such as Paris, Amazonia, New York and Croatia. First year modules equip you with a well-rounded introduction to some of the key themes of human geography, as well as helping you to develop skills used by geographers to analyse problems within the discipline. In addition to the Geography modules, you will be given the opportunity to take two other subjects alongside your first year studies. You may use this opportunity to explore some of the many subjects offered within the LEC, or study further social sciences such as Sociology or Politics, or gain transferable skills in Economics or Marketing. You will undertake a Placement Preparation module which provides guidance on writing your CV, finding a placement and interview techniques. In the second year, you will undertake a series of core modules that focus on human geography skills, concepts and research techniques. Optional choices include a field trip to Paris and modules that address individual topics in culture and politics, as well as our Communicating Geography module in which you can help teach the subject in a local school, gaining valuable classroom experience. You will also take part in a work-based learning module designed to provide guidance and support as you apply for nationally advertised placements and help you gain the most from your placement year. You will spend your third year on an industrial placement, before returning to Lancaster for your fourth year where you will continue in your chosen specialities. The placement offers you the opportunity to work as a full-time employee of the organisation whilst still receiving both academic and pastoral support. The University will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all placement roles offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills. If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and would continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year. In the final (fourth) year you will undertake a dissertation project, guided by your academic supervisor, which offers a chance to perform original geographical research on a topic of your choice. While completing the dissertation, you will use the key research, analytical and academic writing skills you have learnt throughout your degree. In addition, you may select from a range of optional modules which cover topics such as food and agriculture, health, enterprise and global consumption, as well as field courses to New Yo

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

A level Geography is recommended, or alternatively one of the following subjects: Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, World Development.

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University information

Lancaster University

  • University League Table

    8th

  • Campus address

    Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW, England

Students from over one hundred countries study at the Lancaster campus. An open and welcoming community, equality and diversity are valued.
Lancaster University offers students a range of high-quality, safe and comfortable accommodation.
Lancaster University campus has a vast array of facilities including shops, banks, hairdressers and coffee shops.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 72

    10th out of 118 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    153 73%

    16th

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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88 88%

    2nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%

    36th

    5
  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    150 70%

    28th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    4th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.22 84%

    15th

    2

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