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This is an integrated geography programme which combines physical and human geography as well as offering opportunities for specialisation. Those choosing the BA will usually have studied social science or humanities subjects at A level or equivalent, but it is possible to transfer to the BSc if your interests develop differently.
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|Subjects||Geography grade A required. For the Geography with Quantitative Methods stream, grade A in Mathematics is also required.|
|AS Levels||For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs|
|Subjects||A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Geography, with no score below 5. For the Geography with Quantitative Methods stream, grade 6 in Mathematics at higher level is also required.|
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- You will gain a broad range of practical skills enabling you to work successfully in the public and private sectors in the UK and around the world.
- We offer a wide range of optional courses and have a particularly low staff-to-student ratio, encouraging individual choice and personal supervision.
- We are proud of our research record, which has been very highly rated in each of the Higher Education Funding Council Research Assessment Exercises.
- Resources include specialist facilities for geographical information and satellite image analysis; science laboratories; a reference map collection; a dedicated reading room and first-class library facilities.
The Geography BA and BSc share core elements and it is your personal interests, and the options you wish to pursue, that should shape your choice. In your first year you take three core courses and five options.
In year two, compulsory courses are supplemented by your choice of six options. It is possible to focus your selection around systematic themes such as development, environmental management, social geography and climate change.
Your dissertation is the main focus of year three. In addition you take further options, which may include participation in exchange programmes with universities in Australia, Canada, Europe or Singapore.
Fieldwork in the first and second years is normally UK-based, but some third-year options include field trips outside the UK, and it is possible to base your dissertation on an overseas project. Recent destinations include Australia, Belize, India, Montserrat and Papua New Guinea. Some financial support may be available through expedition funds.
Your timetable will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and fieldwork. As you progress, the focus shifts to independent and critical learning, with student-led discussions and presentations becoming more important.
First-year assessment combines independent coursework completed throughout the year, with end-of-year written examinations. In years two and three, assessment may vary, some courses combine written examinations with independent projects, some assessed solely by written examination. Your dissertation carries significant weight in your final year.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Further details on department website: Geography BA
Having been trained in both sciences and humanities, UCL geographers are skilled in taking different perspectives on an issue, working independently to complete a project and adapting to changing circumstances.
Geographers embark on many diverse careers: from teaching and research to commerce, planning and administration. Their expertise is valuable for environmental and physical planning, surveying and employment in government, industry and the financial sector.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:
- Finance Trainee, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2012)
- Graduate Banker, Royal Bank of Scotland (2012)
- Graduate Real Estate, Deloitte (2011)
- Financial Analyst, Gemini Environmental Group (2011)
- Full-time student, MA in Urban Studies at UCL (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
In the selection process we aim for there to be two-way communication so both you and the department can make the right choices. In addition to looking at your qualifications we will also be examining your personal statement for evidence of your interest in and enthusiasm for geography and for proficiency in key skills.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Most students are invited to attend an open day once they have been made an offer based on their predicted or actual A level (or equivalent) performance and their potential and aspirations. Our open days include student-led seminars, a tour of UCL and a tutorial with a member of staff.
We are happy to consider applications for deferred entry, especially where interesting and productive plans are being made for the 'gap' year.
The Geography BA and BSc degrees follow similar paths. Although it makes no difference to the course choices open to you, most applicants base their degree choice on the A level (or equivalent) subjects they have followed: BA if they have taken arts or social science, BSc for those with sciences. It is possible to transfer if your interest develops in a different direction.
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