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What makes Human Geography at Worcester special?

Never have questions of social, economic, cultural and political change been so central to our lives as they are today - in our hyper-accelerated culture, change is fast and dynamic. Human Geography is your opportunity to answer some of the great questions of our time, questions of people and planet.

Whether being challenged by the elements in the Cairngorms, or using a Roman arena in France as an impromptu presentation venue, you’ll have plenty of chances to immerse yourself in the greatest learning resource of all, our world.

Key features

    • Outstanding student satisfaction in 2018 National Student Survey
    • Fieldwork opportunities - UK and overseas (Provence, Malawi)   
    • Small class sizes to improve engagement with interactive learning time       
    • Excellent resources include a digital mapping and visualisation suite
    • Highly practical assessments        
    • City location, but also handy for urban geographers
    • Strong links with local and national employers    
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    "Everything I was able to do whilst here enhanced my experience. I feel that I have learned a lot from the staff here and I am looking forward to my future studies."

    Zuzka Majcova, BA Human Geography graduate.

    Royal Geography Society accredited programmeThis programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education.

    The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

    Entry requirements

    What qualifications will you need?

    Entry requirements

    104-120 UCAS Tariff points

    The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

    Other information

    If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

    Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

    If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Science and Health & Social Science pathways page.

    Course content

    What will you study?

    Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

    Year 1

    Mandatory

    • Geographical Investigations
    • People and Place
    • Risk and Resilience

    Optional      

    • Cultural Geography
    • Climate Change: People, Politics and Action
    • Optional language modules 

    Year 2

    Mandatory

    • Geography Field Course
    • Researching Geography
    • Contemporary Issues in Human Geography

    Optional

    • Geographical Information Systems
    • Geographies of Development
    • Rural Geography
    • Urban Geography
    • Architecture and the Built Heritage
    • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
    • Optional language modules

    Year 3

    Mandatory

    • Independent Study in Human Geography
    • Changing Places Field Course

    Optional

    • Work Placement
    • Geographical Information Systems
    • Political Geography
    • Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change
    • Town and Country Planning
    • Architecture and the Built Heritage
    • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
    • Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa 
    • Geographies and Disability

    In your first year you will explore the fundamentals of this exciting and dynamic subject, learning subject knowledge and skills essential for more advanced study. Modules at this level allow you to find out more about the fascinating research and consultancy activities undertaken by staff.       

    What really sets this course apart from others is its practical, hands-on emphasis. As a student at Worcester, you will enjoy a generous fieldwork programme, seminars, computer-based practicals and a friendly and supportive learning environment. These activities help you to understand subject knowledge and develop a wide range of specialist and transferable skills, invaluable for employment or further study. This approach, repeatedly praised by external experts, is complemented by an assessment strategy that focuses on coursework rather than formal examinations.  

    Teaching and Assessment

    How will you be taught?

    We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

    A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

    Teaching

    All modules within the BA Human Geography programme aim to encourage learners to engage in discussion of key issues and application of key concepts. Students are taught through a combination of fieldwork, seminars, presentations, tutorials, laboratory work, project work, and online activities.

    In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year, and three occasions in the second and third year of the course. You have an opportunity to meet with your personal academic tutor on more occasions if you wish. A key aim of the academic tutorial programme is to provide you with support for your academic studies.

    In the second semester in the second year of your course, you have an option to study abroad for a semester at a university either in Europe or in an international location. Previous students have studies abroad for one semester at an American, Canadian, Australian and Spanish university. Other destinations are also available.

    During your course, you will have access to a wide range of specialist resources, including a fully equipped GIS Mapping and Visualization Suite, which provides access to high-end computers, industry standard GIS (ArcGIS), statistical analysis software, and other mapping and remote sensing software. You will also have access to a variety of field equipment, laboratories for teaching and research, and industry-standard design software to prepare you for future employment.

    Contact time

    In a typical week, you will have approximately 12-16 contact hours of teaching. The exact contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. In the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order carry out more independent study. The type of teaching activities varies per module, but an example of teaching activities for a first year module for one semester are:

    • 20 hours of (large group) lectures
    • 12 hours of seminars
    • 12 hours of discussion groups
    • 4 hours of fieldwork activities

    Independent self-study

    In addition to the 12-16 hours of contact time, you are expected to undertake approximately 21-25 hours of personal self-study per week respectively. Typically, this will involve visiting the library and carrying out recommended reading, planning and writing assignments, and undertaking group work.

    Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

    Teaching staff

    You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professors in human and physical geography, senior academics with industry experience, demonstrators and technicians. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

    Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and a very high percentage (85+%) of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

    Assessment

    The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

    Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, written assignments (including planning statements), journals, practical investigations, practical reports, portfolios, individual and groups presentations, posters, and a final year independent studies project.

    The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken. You will not be expected to complete all assignments list below (i.e. the exact pattern of assignments depends on your optional modules); however, a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

    Year 1
    1 essay
    4 written assignments
    1 within module test
    1 practical report
    2 individual or group presentations

    Year 2
    3 essays
    6 written assignments
    3 individual or group presentations
    2 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
    2 practical reports
    1 research proposal
    1 poster and discussion

    Year 3
    3 essays
    1 practical assessment
    4 written assignments
    1 journal
    5 individual or group presentations
    3 projects
    1 practical report
    1 poster and discussion
    1 independent study of approximately 10,000 words

    Feedback

    You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

    We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

    Careers

    Where could it take you?

    Employability 

    The knowledge and skills acquired in Human Geography, together with the ability to think critically about the world we live in, are useful in many different careers.

    This course will prepare you for a range of interesting and diverse careers, including, geographical information systems (GIS) management, local government and planning (e.g. town and country planning, regeneration managers, tourism officers, climate change development officers, data managers, community service managers), research and teaching.

    Geography graduates have a good track record in gaining employment in a wide range of professions and organisations, as a result of the broad range of skills developed through hands-on learning activities centred on the analysis of real world issues and processes.

    Alternatively, you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.

    • Case study

      Liam Wright, Human Geography graduate.

      “For my degree, I wanted to combine the two subjects that I was most keen to pursue further, and to develop my own interests in. Human Geography and Sociology, although based in different departments, possess significant overlaps, which provided me with a holistic understanding of a number of social processes and practices. This was one of the reasons why I chose the University of Worcester for my degree; the ability to be able to study both subjects in conjunction with each other.

      "Overall, my degree has not only enhanced my subject knowledge in the disciplines that I have studied, but also provided me with a number of skills and strategies that have enabled me to use these to my advantage. My course allowed flexibility in the modules with which I studied, which gave me the opportunity to explore in further detail my own personal interests.”

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    Costs

    How much will it cost?

    Full-time tuition fees

    UK and EU students

    The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

    For more details, please visit our course fees page.

    International students

    The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

    For more details, please visit our course fees page.

    Part-time tuition fees

    UK and EU students

    The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

    For more details, please visit our course fees page.

    Additional costs

    Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

    If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

    Accommodation

    Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

    We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

    For full details visit our accommodation page

    Apply

    How do you apply?

    Applying through UCAS

    Human Geography BA (Hons) - L701 BSc/HG

            

    UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

     

    Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

    UCAS CODE:

    L701

    Apply now via UCAS

    Get in touch

    If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

    Admissions office

    01905 855111
    admissions@worc.ac.uk

    Head of Geography and Archaeology

    Dr Cheryl Jones
    01905 855425
    c.jones@worc.ac.uk 

    Departmental Office

    Lisa Hopkins
    01905 855201
    l.hopkins@worc.ac.uk