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What is Geography BA (Hons)?

Population, migration, conflict, development, global crime, health and ageing. These present some of the most pressing social challenges of this century, are inherently geographical in nature and are the
focus of our BA Geography degree. With this world view, breadth of content and the development of an extensive range of research skills, Geographers continue to be one of the most sought-after graduates across a vast range of employment sectors.

You’ll join a course rated first for overall satisfaction in UK Geography by The Guardian in 2020.

You’ll progress from field training in the UK to field research, forging unforgettable experiences with us in the landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Americas. You’ll also have the flexibility to select physical geography themes from our companion BSc Geography course, or to switch to the BSc up to the end of Year 2. There is also the opportunity to spend a semester in Year 2 at partner Universities in Canada, the USA or New Zealand.

Beyond the conventional 3 year degree and 4 year placement version, Gloucestershire is the only University in the UK to offer Geography in a fast-track format. On this accelerated degree you will graduate in 2 years. In doing so you will make a significant saving on tuition fees, accommodation and general living costs. You will also stand out from the crowd, demonstrating drive, focus and employability. It also means that you will start earning or begin postgraduate study a year earlier. The faster pace of study is made achievable by the well-structured degree at Gloucestershire, involving some concentrated intervals of work in the early summer. There is also flexibility to switch to the three or four year degree options at the end of Year 1 of fast-track if you wish.

Study style

Your programme will be coursework-led, with varied assessment types for you to demonstrate the strengths you’ll need in the workplace. You’ll learn in a range of environments throughout your degree – small group seminars, one-to-one tutorials, lab sessions, computer practicals and field trips alongside conventional lectures.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L700 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L700

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • geographic information systems (GIS) roles
  • teaching, lecturing and research
  • sustainable development management
  • planning consultancy
  • civil or security services
  • renewable energies.

Industry links

We offer short-term internships and year-long placement options – so you can gain workplace experience, network with potential employers and obtain academic credit towards your degree. Recently our students have been flood mapping for major water companies, valuing land across the Cotswolds, and planning urban developments and transport networks.


Help shape the world through GIS

Find out how to use geographic information systems (GIS) to link crime hotspots and urban planning, analyse deprivation, perform suitability mapping for new retail locations, and evaluate the factors around urban growth.

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Choose a course consistently ranked highly for satisfaction

Our Geography courses are in the UK top 15 according to the Guardian University Guide and were ranked 1st for course satisfaction in 2020. Over the last 6 years of the annual National Student Survey, our course has consistently scored 90% or more for overall satisfaction.

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Geography and Environmental Science - Teaching Quality - The Times GUG 2021

Our Geography and Environmental Science courses rank 6th in the UK for teaching quality, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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Geography and Environmental Studies - Feedback - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Geography and Environmental studies rank top 5 in the UK for feedback, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

Trips and experiences




As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience


"Field research is key to our degree course"

“I lead the South Africa trip, where our human geography projects focus on development, sustainability and social transformation. My own research specialism lies in ‘development studies’, which along with ‘population and migration’ and ‘the geography of crime’ make up the three human geography themes of our degree. Lately I’ve undertaken fieldwork in Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa, examining food production and distribution, and considering representation, development and change in Africa.”

Kenny Lynch, Professor of Development and Communities

Kenny Lynch

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