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Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Geography

Geography

Overview

Study the interaction between human societies, the natural processes of the earth and their impact on the global and local environment.

You will complete a range of both human and physical geography modules and explore topics such as natural hazard management, climate change, hydrology and environmental science, and you will benefit from a personal tutorial programme, laboratory work and field trip opportunities. Your studies will combine theory about the physical nature, characteristics and environment of the world and human interactions with practical experience.

You will learn in an engaging environment designed to foster your analytical and methodological skills and support your development into an individual, autonomous and reflective learner.

Field trips

Throughout this course you will have the opportunity to take part in offsite visits and field trips. Off-site visits will enable you to gain an understanding of real-world issues and examples in geography, using locations for conducting fieldwork to develop competence in practical research skills and apply theoretical concepts to a specific place. You will evaluate the implementation of spatial, cultural, economic and environmental policies, gain an awareness of cultural differences, tolerance and develop a sense of place. Trips will also enable you to practise identifying problems, consider solutions, gather data and collect information while you learn generic and transferable skills such as team working and observation.

We have an excellent network of employers who will be able to offer relevant experience to help you develop employability and personal skills to help prepare you for employment. We also offer a work placement module to hone your personal, professional and employability skills.  

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v63 or higher (recommended), Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Visit our distance learning guide for a complete list of technical requirements.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

Course Features

  • Work placement opportunity
  • Contemporary curriculum
  • Development of professional skills
  • Expert careers service
  • Collaborative approach to learning

Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants:

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable..

All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example we accept some Functional Skills Tests. 

UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

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Teaching and learning

 
Overall workload
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261 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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939 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year one is assessed predominately by coursework, with some examinations.

Core Modules

Gain an understanding of how to apply principles of sustainability to cities and the other urban places we live in, learning how cities are dealing with the threat of climate change. You will take a field trip to a European city to examine how the city has incorporated aspects of best practice in its attempt to adopt elements of sustainable urbanism.

Through case studies of a series of contemporary events and media prominent in the public domain, you will learn the importance of the geographical discipline in understanding the world we live in.

Gain an understanding of the origins of the earth, and of key environmental systems, such as the atmosphere. You will study concepts of geomorphology to understand the origins of the earth’s landforms and how landscapes evolve in the context of long-term environmental change.

Examine the impact of global, national and local urban policies on the development of cities and how they are shaped both physically and environmentally.

This is an applied project-based module. You will build on some of the core geographical and planning content from Semester 1 and learn to apply this knowledge in the context of two fieldwork projects.

Learn, practice, and explore some of the fundamental study skills that you will be using on a daily basis during your time at Leeds Beckett. You will build employability skills which will continue to be developed through your year two placement module, ensuring you are in the best possible position to embark on a successful professional career when you graduate.

This module provides an introduction to environmental science and global environmental issues, with particular reference to the science underpinning the control of air, noise and water pollution.

Overall workload
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260 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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870 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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70 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions

Year two is assessed by coursework, with some examinations and practical assessments.

Core Modules

Develop your employability skills through a ten-week work placement supported by a series of taught sessions. You will build subject specific, graduate employability and intellectual and cognitive skills, develop your professional skills and learn how to reflect on what transferable skills you need for your chosen career.

With increased population, human activities and other natural impacts such as climate change transforming the environment, it is important to understand the factors that determine the abundance and distribution of species and their interactions in their environment. This module covers a range of fundamental topics in ecology, focusing on processes at different scales (individual, population, community and ecosystem). You will examine case studies which employ ecological principles to global challenges such as food security and biodiversity loss.

This module provides an introduction to remote sensing and the types of data generated, with consideration given to digital image acquisition, land observation satellites such as Landsat and the use of LIDAR for terrain mapping. You will cover data import into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and consider the range of geographical and environmental applications to which it can be put.

Develop an understanding of the theoretical background to the carrying out of research and foster the practical skills to be able to carry out research in the social sciences using a number of different research methods.

Explore the causes of natural hazard vulnerability (e.g. in relation to flood risk), conducting fieldwork and gathering evidence to evaluate key strategies in natural hazard management. You will be introduced to key theories and frameworks and use these to evaluate a range of alternative pathways to climate change adaption.

Building on the knowledge you have gained during the Sustainable Places and City & Society modules; you will explore how changing complex urban problems are addressed in the UK and internationally through policy and practical responses.

This module builds on the year one Introduction to Physical Geography module to examine earth surface processes and geomorphology in more detail. You will cover key geomorphological concepts and look at the relationship between earth surface processes and landforms. You will also gain hands-on experience of a number of earth surface processes as you carry out a small-scale field-based research project.

Overall workload
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239 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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961 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year three is assessed predominately by coursework, with some examinations.

Core Modules

Use the research methods, techniques and skills you have gained during your degree to carry out a sustained piece of research that examines current issues or problems in the fields of human geography and/or planning.

Water is crucial for human civilisation. The supply and use of water are threatened by climate change and human use. The supply and distribution of water as a sustainable resource is changing rapidly; you will explore both the threats to water management and some of the projects and solutions that offer sustainable management strategies at local and global levels.

Explore the physical processes that operate within coastal environments at a range of temporal and spatial scales, covering such issues as coastal geomorphology, sea-level change, societal interaction with coastal environments and near-shore environments. You will study theoretical aspects of coastal environments as well as engaging with more practical activities.

Option modules may include:

Examine the emerging policy debates about the ways cities are and should be evolving. You will focus on key dynamics, including the urban form of cities and the pressures of population growth, sustainability, governance and the search for global competitiveness.

Explore the different spaces and geographies of consumption, in terms of place identity, networks of retail and consumption, and commodity chains on a local, national and international level.

Examine the main trends and challenges facing cities, as well as the range of alternative practices which are being discussed within academic literature and experimented with directly by urban inhabitants.

Develop your critical understanding and knowledge of heritage conservation theory and practice and its relation to urban regeneration and renaissance in the UK.

Examine the relationship between women and the built environment, thinking about women as designers, planners and builders. You will also look at the spaces inhabited by women, those designed for them, and those adopted by them.

Develop a critical understanding of the theoretical, technical and legal principles underpinning policies and strategies for controlling the impact of pollution on the environment and public health.

Dr David Haigh
Dr David Haigh
Head of Subject
David became one of our lecturers in 2003 after eight years working in local government in areas such as planning, local economics, regeneration, community planning and housing. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Institute of Economic Development and also sits on the Professional Housing Education Group, consisting of housing course leaders from UK Universities.
Our BSc (Hons) Geography allows you to study both human and physical geography before you specialise in your third year. If you want to understand the built environment and natural processes of the earth and their impact on the global and local environment, this course is for you.

Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

    In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

    Course-specific essential costs
    • Year 2 international trips form part of the optional International Field Trip module and are a compulsory requirement of passing the module, alternatively you could complete a local field trip.
    • Year 3 international field trip as part of optional modules.
    Optional costs
    • Year 1 European field trip forms part of Sustainable Urbanism but passing the module is not dependent upon the trip.

    Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

    As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

    This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

    Additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following are also included in the cost of your course:

    • 24/7 Library and student IT support
    • Free wifi via eduroam
    • Skills workshops and resources
    • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
    • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
    • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

    In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

    Essential Costs
    • Year 2 international trips form part of the optional International Field Trip module and are a compulsory requirement of passing the module, alternatively you could complete a local field trip.
    • Year 3 international field trip as part of optional modules.
    Optional Costs
    • Year 1 European field trip forms part of Sustainable Urbanism but passing the module is not dependent upon the trip.

    Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

    As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

    This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

    Facilities

    • Northern Terrace
      Northern Terrace

      Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment, Engineering & Computing.

    • Library
      Library

      Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

    • Social learning spaces
      Social learning spaces

      Our social learning spaces typically include PCs, desk space and seating areas, enabling you to study and socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.

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