Geography is about places and people. It explores how people’s lives vary in these different places, and how our own lives are dependent on people and places, near and far.
An ability to link environmental processes and social and spatial behaviours is a defining feature of geographical practice. As a result, geography is clearly important in understanding today’s pressing global and local issues including climate change, inequality, migration, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development.
Studying Geography at Bath Spa University, you’ll learn geographical concepts, theories and knowledge, while gaining skills that can improve your career prospects. Geography graduates are valued by employers for this unique combination.
While Geography combines the earth and social sciences, we appreciate that you may be more interested in the nature and role of people and society, rather than analysis of the physical processes of landscape formation and change.
This award provides a specialist human geography pathway through our Geography programme. You’ll cover a wide variety of human geography themes, building your specialist knowledge.
You’ll graduate with a range of skills that are highly valued by employers. These include scientific techniques and computer skills, as well as people skills like communication, team-work and critical thinking.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
260–320 UCAS Tariff points with minimum 80 points from geography or a related subject such as science, sociology, economics.
We welcome applications from mature students with an Access to HE qualification. If you have non-standard qualifications we will consider any prior learning and professional experience in your application.
The first year of this course introduces you to the exciting world of Geography at university. You’ll acquire foundational geographical knowledge, understanding and skills. You’ll get a taste of a variety of geographies, and there are plenty of opportunities to do fieldwork, visiting local places such as the Bristol and Bath.
Topics you’ll study include:
examining and debating contemporary geographical issues
developing practical skills such as computer mapping
learning about unfamiliar physical environments and different societies and cultures
exploring key issues such as development and sustainability, global food issues or geopolitics
how to use the technologies, methods, techniques and equipment that geographers need to use.
This year you’ll continue to explore human geography. Greater emphasis is placed on research methods; you’ll learn a wide range of useful geographical methods and techniques, both in the classroom and in fieldwork settings where you’ll apply your growing mastery of your subject to real-world problems and issues.
Optional topics include:
climate change and sustainable societies
the use of exciting new geotechnologies
urban geographies through examining the issues of global cities
migration and citizenship
field trip to India
You’ll also start to further explore career options and planning, with opportunities for a work placement or volunteering overseas. We also give you the chance to engage with the Royal Geographical Society and other professional bodies.
This year you will further specialise in human geography. You’ll develop your skills as an independent scholar by undertaking primary research that will enable you to explore further your geographical interests. Alternatively, you can undertake an extended work placement with a relevant research report.
Optional topics include:
development and disasters
identities and inequalities in society
gender, migration and social diversity
You can further broaden your studies through a field trip to Barcelona to study historical, cultural and political geographies. There is also the opportunity to undertake a community placement and project as part of your studies.
There are opportunities to undertake work placements in your second and third year – this is an excellent way to gain experience in the workplace.
Guest speakers from industry contribute to the learning experience throughout the course. This engagement with potential employers will help you make those all-important career decisions when you graduate.
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