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This course focuses on the dynamics of physical landscapes and their links with people and places. We will cover the natural environment – landforms, glaciers, rivers and coasts, together with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. You should seek new insight into global issues, such as environmental change, climate change, sustainability and pollution.

We offer a common first year across the Geography BSc and the Geography BA courses, so students will touch upon topics covered in the Geography BA, namely human geography. Both degrees have mandatory field trips, here in the UK and overseas, embedded within them (which may be subject to additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements). Past students have studied natural and cultural landscapes in the Lake District and the processes of change in human and physical environments. They have put into practice various physical geography field techniques in Tenerife examining themes, for instance biodiversity, environmental gradients and hazards such as wildfire and volcanic eruptions, and also considered a range of environmental management issues in Morocco.

This course focuses on the dynamics of physical landscapes and their links with people and places. We will cover the natural environment – landforms, glaciers, rivers and coasts, together with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. You should seek new insight into global issues, such as environmental change, climate change, sustainability and pollution. We offer...

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Course Content

  • Year one

Overview

The first year of the course, common across both our BA and BSc geography courses, encompasses the study of people and place, spatial patterns, globalisation, economic, development, political social and cultural geographies as well as landscape, climate change, and meteorology. For example, we will examine how processes of globalisation have impacted people across the planet and in the UK.

You will also have opportunity to learn to apply qualitative and quantitative techniques and have certified training in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software to map and visualise geographical issues.

Modules

  • Earth surface environments

  • Geosystems

  • A Globalising World

  • People and place

  • Fundamentals of geographical research

  • Introductory academic skills for geography

  • Introductory professional skills for geography

 

  • Year two

Overview

 

In the second year of the course you will explore in more depth the physical geography themes studied in the first year, for example climate change, river and coastal processes and biodiversity and ecology. Skills in research, data collection and analysis will be taught in class and put into practice on an international field trip. You will also have the opportunity to select one specialised optional module to further your specific interests in GIS, hydrometeorological hazards or contemporary environmental issues.

 

Modules

  • Biogeography and environmental change

  • Climate change: The science and symptoms

  • Fieldwork and research applications

  • Rivers and coasts

  • Academic and professional skills for geography – futures

  • Extended academic and professional skills for geography

  • Optional modules (one of the following)
  1. Applied GIS and remote sensing
  2. Contemporary environmental issues
  3. Hydrometeorological hazards

 

  • Placement year

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution*.

*Please note that placement opportunities and/or study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Modules

  • Professional Training

  • Study Abroad

 

  • Final year

Overview

In your final year, we aim to deepen your understanding of environmental systems and problems, such as assessing environmental hazards in different climates, and applying this knowledge during an international field trip*. You will be able to select more specialised options, including past climate and environmental change, biodiversity and conservation, planning and sustainability, and develop further skills in GIS.

You will also be required to carry out an independent piece of research for your dissertation. For example, former students have investigated sea level change in Scotland, evaluated lake reconstructions from south-east Asia, developed ways of assessing the value of alternative water management techniques, calculated the carbon storage potential of green roofs and assessed the potential for improving landscape connectivity for endangered species.

*Please note that such opportunities may be subject to additional costs and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Modules

  • Applied geomorphology: theory and practice

  • Individual project

  • International fieldwork for physical geography

  • Advanced academic and professional skills in geography

  • Academic and professional skills in geography – the next step

  • Optional modules (one from the following)
  1. Biodiversity & conservation
  2. Geo informatics
  3. Quaternary climate and environmental change
  4. Shaping places: planning, sustainable, environment

Year one Overview The first year of the course, common across both our BA and BSc geography courses, encompasses the study of people and place, spatial patterns, globalisation, economic, development, political social and cultural geographies as well as landscape, climate change, and meteorology. For example, we will examine...

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Entry Requirements

A Level :- ABB-BBB

BTEC :- DDM

IB Diploma :- 29 points

GCSE requirement :- 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three? A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

A Level :- ABB-BBB BTEC :- DDM IB Diploma :- 29 points GCSE requirement :- 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics. A-Levels A-Level applicants are required to have three? A2 Levels. Coventry University may include...

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Additional Information

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting: September 2020

Fees: £9,250

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting: September 2020

Fees: £9,250