Geography (BSc Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)
2 Years (Fast-Track)


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 origin and solution, 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 BSc 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. There is also an opportunity to spend a semester in Year 2 studying at partner universities in Canada, the USA or New Zealand.

We came 1st in the UK for learning resources in physical geographical sciences in the National Student Survey 2020.

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.

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

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Ice Age Earth' to 'Practical Environmental Investigation'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, BTEC DMM or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total. Please note that if you are applying for the fast-track degree your offer will also be contingent on passing an interview.

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeF800
BSc (Hons) - 4 years placementF80P
BSc (Hons) - 2 years fast-trackF802


  • Geographic information systems (GIS) roles
  • Teaching, lecturing and research
  • Sustainable development management
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Civil / Security Services
  • Renewable Energies

Our partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the associated mentoring scheme have been shortlisted as finalists for excellence in career and employability service engagement (Target Jobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2020 -

Graham Rush - Geography student

Student Focus

Graham Rush

I am now a PhD student and Associate Lecturer at the University of York. Six years ago, I was working for the British Antarctic Survey in a support role when I decided that I wanted to return to education. The fast-track Geography degree offered me a unique opportunity to learn about our planet while gaining the qualification I needed within my personal constraints.

As a fast-track student, I completed my degree in two years – a pace made achievable by the well-structured degree at Gloucestershire, involving some concentrated work in the summer but leaving enough time to enjoy the vacation period. The programme was interesting, challenging and enjoyable and opened doors that I never knew existed. Through the supportive staff, fieldtrips and modules that I studied I gained a thorough grounding and developed an aptitude and love for research. Following my Geography degree, I completed an MSc in Applied Ecology at Gloucestershire. I am now researching how melting ice and sea-level rise impact ocean circulation and climate in the North Atlantic, which has involved fieldwork in Scotland and the Falkland Islands. I plan to continue my career path as a researcher and teacher.

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

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Internships and Placements

We offer short-term internships and long-term sandwich placement options, enabling workplace experience, networking with potential employers and obtaining 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.

Teacher Training

With some 1500 new secondary Geography teachers required each year, teacher training in this area attracts the highest bursary (£26,000, tax free). A further £2000 scholarship can also be sought from the Royal Geographical Society. If you aspire to teach, Gloucestershire will support you from securing necessary placement experience in Schools as part of your degree through to preparing you for entry onto our Teacher Training (Secondary) PGCE. If combined with fast-track study of the Geography degree, you could become a qualified teacher within 3 years rather than the standard 4 years.

Profile photo Lucy Clarke

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.


School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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Royal Geographical Society with IBG Accredited Programme