Geography (BSc Hons)

Swiss Alps

Study mode

Full-Time or Placement


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Water, climate change, sea-level rise, coastal risk, pollution, ecological dynamics and global sustainability. These present some of the critical environmental challenges of this century, are geographical in origins and solutions, and are the focus of our BSc Geography degree. With this world view, breadth of content and the development of an extensive range of laboratory, statistical and GIS skills, Geographers continue to be one of the most sought-after graduates, able to turn their hand to a vast range of employment sectors.

At Gloucestershire, you'll progress from field training in the UK to field research overseas, forging unforgettable field experiences with us in the landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Americas. The flexibility of our degree programmes means that you have the option to select Human Geography themes on our companion BA course or indeed switch to the BA up until the end of Year 2. You can also choose to benefit from invaluable employment experiences though our internship and sandwich degree options, gaining a competitive edge of experience, networking with potential employers and gaining academic credit towards your degree, all at the same time.

This programme is 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. This accreditation is reviewed once every 5 years.

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Study style

Your programme will be coursework-led, with varied assessment types allowing you to demonstrate your strengths across a range of abilities expected in the graduate workplace. We place an emphasis on using a range of learning environments throughout your degree, running small group seminars, one-to-one tutorials, lab sessions, computer practicals and fieldtrips alongside conventional lectures.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeF800
BSc (Hons) - 4 years placementF80P


  • Geographic information systems (GIS) roles
  • Teaching, lecturing and research
  • Sustainable development management
  • Environmental consultancy

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Student Focus

Sophie Hartfield

After graduating I started out as a senior onshore environmental developer for Mainstream Renewable Power. I worked with off-shore wind farms and educating people about climate change. I’m still focussed on green energy solutions, now as the Head of Environmental Management at Ørsted.

I'm doing something for a greater cause. My degree taught me so much. We went to Arolla in Switzerland for a week to monitor glacier meltwater output. We visited North Wales and saw the historic progression of the last 20,000 years on cliff faces. It was fascinating. I did my dissertation on historic climates in peat bogs. We found a cooling event that happened post ice-age. I had a great sense of achievement.

Placement information

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

Industry links

You can choose to undertake an internship to gain workplace experience, network with potential employers and obtaining academic credit towards your degree. Our internship students have been working in GIS industries, from flood mapping for major water companies to valuing land across the Cotswolds. Others have been gaining teaching experience in schools and some have joined us in our research on population dynamics, environmental change and global sustainability.

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Staff Profile

Lucy Clarke

“I’ve undertaken field work and attended conferences in some amazing places including Canada, Iceland, and New Zealand. I also serve on the executive committee of the British Society for Geomorphology, and for the European Geosciences Union. I have a variety of research projects on the go working on water (both flowing and frozen), but of particular note I am currently working with the British Antarctic Survey using historic aerial photographs and satellite imagery to look at glacier change on Antarctica. This gives me the opportunity to incorporate some of my Antarctic data into my geography teaching.”


Tackle pressing environmental challenges

Water, climate change, sea-level rise, coastal risk, pollution, ecological dynamics and global sustainability; each the focus of our BSc Geography degree.

Explore the world, on campus and in the field

Forge unforgettable experiences with us in the landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Americas, preparing you for graduate roles across the world.

Birds-eye view of the river Nile

Help shape the world through GIS

Geo-tagged data is fundamental to information flow and decision-making across our planet. Our optional geographic information systems (GIS) theme will place you at the core of this world, enabling your BSc studies to quantify deforestation, evaluate coastal and river change, perform suitability mapping for conservation, and map land use for landscape rehabilitation.


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Royal Geographical Society with IBG Accredited Programme