Most of our students take Single Honours BA or BSc Geography degrees. These allow you to choose what aspects of Geography you want to focus on as you move through the 3 years of study. All students study a set course of physical and human geography modules at Level One. BA and BSc Geography students choose from the same set of optional modules at Levels Two and Three. Normally, students with more of an interest in Human Geography and with Arts subjects at A level (such as English, History or languages) choose the BA scheme and students with more of an interest in Physical Geography and with Science subjects at A level (such as Biology or Computing) choose the BSc scheme, but the choice is yours. Other factors that might influence your choice of degree scheme include your eventual career path and your personal preference. Once you start at Swansea you can change between these schemes.
A levels: grades ABB-BBB or equivalent to include Geography or a related subject (for example, Sociology or World Development; Geology or Environmental Science; or an additional Science subject)
BTEC: DDM plus A level grade B in Geography or a related subject
Scottish Highers: ABBCC to include Geography (or a related subject) grade B
Access to HE (Science or Humanities): Pass with Distinction (24 Dist to include 3 in Geography or a related subject, plus 15 Merits)
Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass acceptable as equivalent to an A grade A level
IB: 33-32 (including 5 in Geography at Higher Level)
IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test
All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.
General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.
Many students choose Geography because of the scope it provides for studying a wide range of current themes and issues, the important insights it offers for understanding our contemporary world, and the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice through fieldwork. However, what many students do not realise before coming to university is that a Geography degree also offers a broad range of employment opportunities, allowing graduates to pursue a flexible and varied career path.
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