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Geography (Human)

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course LL77 or LL78 (with professional placement year)
  • Geography handbook

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Geography (Human)
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: LL77 or LL78
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades BCC - CCC preferred with a grade C in Geography, Sociology Economics or Science.

View typical offers for more information.

Expand your understanding of how people affect, and are affected by the environment.

  • Friendly, supportive team of lecturers, who are excellent teachers and active researchers.
  • Specialisms include: poverty and development, cultures, identities and difference, urban geographies and more.
  • Field trips currently include residential trips to Barcelona, the Lake District and Northern India.

Geography is about places and people. It explores how people’s lives vary in these different places, and how our own lives are dependent on people and places, near and far.

An ability to link environmental processes and social and spatial behaviours is a defining feature of geographical practice. As a result, geography is clearly important in understanding today’s pressing global and local issues including climate change, inequality, migration, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development.

Studying Geography at Bath Spa University, you’ll learn geographical concepts, theories and knowledge, while gaining skills that can improve your career prospects. Geography graduates are valued by employers for this unique combination.

What you'll learn

Overview

While Geography combines the earth and social sciences, we appreciate that you may be more interested in the nature and role of people and society, rather than analysis of the physical processes of landscape formation and change.

This award provides a specialist human geography pathway through our Geography programme. You’ll cover a wide variety of human geography themes, building your specialist knowledge.

You’ll graduate with a range of skills that are highly valued by employers. These include scientific techniques and computer skills, as well as people skills like communication, team-work and critical thinking.

Course structure

Year 1
The first year of this course introduces you to the exciting world of Geography at university. You’ll acquire foundational geographical knowledge, understanding and skills. You’ll get a taste of a variety of geographies, and there are plenty of opportunities to do fieldwork, visiting local places such as the Bristol and Bath.

Topics you’ll study include:

  • examining and debating contemporary geographical issues
  • developing practical skills such as computer mapping
  • learning about unfamiliar physical environments and different societies and cultures
  • exploring key issues such as development and sustainability, global food issues or geopolitics
  • how to use the technologies, methods, techniques and equipment that geographers need to use.

Year 2
This year you’ll continue to explore human geography. Greater emphasis is placed on research methods; you’ll learn a wide range of useful geographical methods and techniques, both in the classroom and in fieldwork settings where you’ll apply your growing mastery of your subject to real-world problems and issues.

Optional topics include:

  • climate change and sustainable societies
  • the use of exciting new geotechnologies
  • urban geographies through examining the issues of global cities
  • migration and citizenship
  • field trip to India

You’ll also start to further explore career options and planning, with opportunities for a work placement or volunteering overseas. We also give you the chance to engage with the Royal Geographical Society and other professional bodies.

Year 3
This year you will further specialise in human geography. You’ll develop your skills as an independent scholar by undertaking primary research that will enable you to explore further your geographical interests. Alternatively, you can undertake an extended work placement with a relevant research report.

Optional topics include:

  • development and disasters
  • identities and inequalities in society
  • Globalisation
  • environmental justice
  • gender, migration and social diversity

You can further broaden your studies through a field trip to Barcelona to study historical, cultural and political geographies. There is also the opportunity to undertake a community placement and project as part of your studies.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll experience a variety of different assessment methods throughout your degree. These include essays, project reports, presentations, posters, video clips, fieldcraft assessments, reflective items, time-constrained tests and examinations. These will give you a rich and diverse skills learning experience, be of real benefit in the search for a good career, and be useful in your professional activities.

How will I be taught?

Good teaching is important to us; our graduates highly rate the quality of teaching on the course. In our friendly department you will benefit from small classes, specialist expertise, and up-to-date technologies, including ArcGIS and GPS survey instruments.

You’ll experience lectures and workshop or seminar-based teaching, with small groups to enable discussion about specific topics.

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Australia, Finland and the USA.

Field trips

“Field trip opportunities have been brilliant and a really valuable experience”
– Geography graduate, 2015

We’re committed to giving you a relevant, interesting and useful degree; fieldwork is integral to this. There are various field days during modules, as well as residential fieldwork options in the UK and overseas in Years 2 and 3.

You’ll visit places and landscapes such as Avebury, Mendip, the Somerset Levels, the Welsh National History Museum, the Royal Geographical Society in London, and Bristol and Bath. Residential courses currently go to Spain and Northern India.
Please note that you’ll have to make a financial contribution towards these residential study visits.

Work placements, industry links and internships

There are opportunities to undertake work placements in your second and third year – this is an excellent way to gain experience in the workplace.

Guest speakers from industry contribute to the learning experience throughout the course. This engagement with potential employers will help you make those all-important career decisions when you graduate.

Competitions and awards

There are prizes awarded each year in recognition of excellence in the core modules. This culminates with the Geography Project of the Year Award, for the best dissertation.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught on Newton Park campus, with access to a range of facilities including:

Resources

We have all the latest technologies and learning resources. You’ll have access to IT laboratories with geographical software such as ArcGIS and Idrisi. In addition we have a comprehensive stock of field and laboratory equipment.

Other resources available include Leica Smart Rovers and Laser Scanner, handheld Global Positioning System devices, survey seismograph, Russian and standard sediment corers, teaching microscopes, stream flow meters, particle size analysis kits, digital Schmidt hammers, digital weather station, campus stream gauging station, digital dictaphones, digital video cameras, tablets and laptops.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

UK and EU students part time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for interested and motivated students who understand the importance of a geographical perspective on the issues facing society today.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Grades BCC - CCC preferred with Grade C in Geography, Sociology Economics or Science
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points required.
  • Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Contact the admissions team at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

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