BSc (Hons) Geography

Geography at Winchester is uniquely placed to understand some of the most pressing issues facing the planet in the twenty-first century. These include globalisation, world population growth, resource shortages, geopolitical instability and climate change.

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BSc (Hons) Geography at University of Winchester

UCAS code: L700

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years)

For further details click here

Additional costs: 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA

Field trips:

Many modules within the course offer half-day and one-day field trips. A residential field trip is offered at Year 2. There are a number of regional and international options.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

Students may choose to take the Teaching Geography module in Year 2, for those students  who see this as a future  career path.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible final year students must accept an offer of a place by the end of March and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

The course offers an integrated human and physical geography perspective on a range of major global issues. In Year 1, students receive a broad introduction to geography and geographical issues today. In Year 2, students are encouraged to develop their geographical practice through specialised modules including fieldwork, laboratory and technology-based elements. By the final year, Winchester geographers are ready to apply their expertise to understand complex geographical problems through original research and to promote the external impacts of their work.

The programme recognises the value of geography to society and emphasises the importance of communicating this. Throughout the course students learn how to get their message across in a variety of ways and become effective communicators, addressing diverse audiences such as companies, organisations and communities. This combination of subject knowledge, external impact and communication produces rounded, confident geographers ready to enter a variety of growing areas of employment.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • People and Place
  • Global Risks
  • Introduction to Geographical Research and Fieldwork
  • Local Environmental Change
  • Exploring Geographical Data
  • Managing Geographical Issues
  • Geography and Society

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Communicating Geography
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geographical Enquiry or Archaeology/Geography Science Project
  • Geographical Fieldwork, American Studies Field Trip, Archaeology Field Trip or Geography Independent Study

Optional modules:

  • Global Environmental Change
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East
  • Global Governance
  • Religion, Nature and Sustainability
  • Faith and Globalisation
  • Teaching Geography
  • Geomorphological Science
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Volunteering
  • Geography Independent Study
  • Security Studies: Theory and Practice
  • Southern Cultures
  • Geomatics and Remote Sensing

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Geography Project
  • #geographywithimpact: Project Impact Case Study
  • The Nature of Geography

Optional modules:

  • Managing Environmental Hazards
  • Global Development
  • Geographies of Inequality
  • Climate Change and People
  • Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Globalised Crime: Organised Crime and Cybercrime
  • Debates in Globalisation
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Representing the Environment
  • The Archaeology of Winchester
  • Archaeology of Space and Place
  • Caribbean Peoples and Cultures
  • Politics, Energy and the Environment
  • China: Twenty-first Century Challenges
  • Global South: Politics, Inequality and (In) Security
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies
  • Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours
  • Placement: 24 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

The Geography programme includes a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, laboratory and practical sessions, fieldwork and independent research. There is an emphasis on the application of geographical theory, knowledge and skills to real world situations. This includes vocationally orientated work and that which has a social or environmental impact. Students engage with a host of geographical opportunities and experiences throughout the region and beyond.

Each year of study has a distinctive emphasis. Year one (becoming a geographer) is concerned with the provision of fundamental geographical concepts, approaches and knowledge. Year two (practising geography) allows students to extend and deepen their knowledge of the subject and hone specific skills of research, fieldwork and communication. Year three (applying geography) allows students to explore the ways in which geography is relevant to the real world and to develop and apply their specific interests.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

Attendance regulations

The Geography programme wants you to reach your full learning potential.  Therefore, it holds that it has a moral/ethical responsibility to make every effort to ensure that you get the most out of the degree programme and show a strong commitment to the subject area, thus becoming excellent geographers and ambassadors for the Programme and The University of Winchester.  Equally importantly, the approach aims to nurture and embed responsibility and accountability, which are so important in the labour market.  In accordance with Section D of the Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Programmes of Study, the Programme will implement and endorse an Attendance Policy.  This will ensure that you:

  •  achieve the learning outcomes for modules.
  • receive a high-quality educational experience.
  • prepare fully for assessments (Colby's (2005)) study shows a strong correlation between attendance and attainment in assessments).
  • share and reflect upon their experiences with other students.
  • begin to appreciate multiple representations of reality.
  • enjoy the Winchester experience to the full.
  • get value for money.
  • are fully prepared for the labour market. 

Full attendance is expected on the Geography programme.  Teaching and learning sessions are not just about listening to the speaker, you will be expected to contribute ideas, learn from one another, and participate in debates.  You will be expected to attend all of the sessions timetabled or publicised during the teaching weeks. In exceptional circumstances, you may be requested to attend a session in the assessment period. 

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

 

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 85 per cent coursework
  • 11 per cent written exams
  • 4 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 91 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 9 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 100 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Geography graduates secure roles within the Government; the public, private and voluntary sectors; teaching; cartography and surveying; planning;and sustainability.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

Course Enquiries and Applications

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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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