Geography (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Geography (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

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  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • UCAS Code:

    G587; Short form: GFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Environmental change and the physical processes that affect the natural world increasingly impact on our everyday lives. This hands-on course will provide a solid understanding of the global environment and how problems relating to it prompt us to develop ways to manage and conserve the world around us. You’ll learn how to write critically, how to interpret data, and how to develop as a researcher. Modules span the breadth of geography recognising that issues such as climate change, connect human and physical dimensions of the subject.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Geography and the Environment
  • Extended Study in Geography
  • Study Skills


Optional modules:

  • Key Themes in Archaeology
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to History

Year 2

  • Physical and Human Geography
  • Ecology
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Measuring the Environment
  • Environment and Sustainability

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Theory and Practice
  • GIS
  • Practical Physical Geography

Optional modules:

  • Urban and Social Geography
  • Environmental Change
  • Geographers in Schools
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Placement / Project

Year 4

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Project
  • Fieldwork
  • Applied River Management

Optional modules:

  • Historical and Cultural Geography
  • Nature, Science and Society
  • Soils Degradation and Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Carbon and Energy Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Further Information

Why study this course?

BSc (Hons) Geography provides you with a broad multidisciplinary education in geography. Geography at UCLan explores natural environments, their structures, processes by which they function and interactions between them and humans. It equips you to understand the basis of, and use approaches to, geographical investigation.

The programme will make possible explanation of complex processes which historically shape the physical world, their development in different places, variation and forms of environmental processes, and issues which arise from them, at all scales, from local to global.

Our programmes are designed to provide you with a foundation in Human and Physical Geography at Year 1, which can be developed further in subsequent years where more choices are available. We combine flexibility, which may allow transfer to other degree programmes in the School, with a planned progression in knowledge and skills. There is a balance of compulsory modules to ensure you are equipped with the required skills, with a wide variety of optional modules so that you can follow your own particular areas of geographical interest.

You will take elective (free choice) modules, which offer an excellent opportunity to discover new subjects. The degree is modular, each year comprising six modules. Some modules will be 'core' compulsory and others 'options' selected by you. You decide whether to specialise in Physical Geography (BSc Hons) or Human Geography (BA Hons) or choose a programme that mixes the two. You will develop valuable interdisciplinary skills – analytical, numeracy, special data handling, GIS, ability to communicate complex information succinctly, interpretation, field and lab skills. Strong field work ethos for each module which could see you study abroad in the USA, Canada, China, Poland and Spain looking at issues such as conservation, wildlife, development, resources, culture and natural environment.

Students in Guyana

The first year introduces geography at university level covering study skills as well as how to write critically, how to interpret data, and how to develop as a researcher. Modules span the breadth of geography recognising that issues such as climate change, for example, connect human and physical dimensions of the subject.

Second year compulsory modules cover research skills, soils, and earth surface processes. Optional modules take in geology, geomorphology, climate change, biogeography and GIS. Policy or human geography modules can be integrated into study of physical geography if desired.

Third year modules include the research-based dissertation; a fieldwork module, and; river and water management. Options include environmental impact assessment, soil degradation, carbon management, land contamination, and applied ecology.

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Students on a field trip - walking


Professional practice and the use of external speakers from a range of professional backgrounds, as well as visits to relevant outside organisations, plays a key part in our teaching strategies.

Third-year fieldtrips include destinations overseas. Recent fieldtrips have included opportunities to research such issues as: Maasai ways of life in the Kenyan savannah; urban change in Chinese cities, gentrification in Seattle; first nations and mineral development on Vancouver Island in Canada; and the economics of crofting in the Scottish Highlands. In addition, our students have the option of spending a semester in other institutions, both European and further afield, with the study abroad scheme.

Alongside subject knowledge, the strength of Geography at UCLan lies in the development and application of a range of transferable skills all of which are strongly sought after by employers. Our programmes place a central emphasis on employability and at developing students’ transferable skills.

Our students go into a range of careers, some of which involve use of subject-specific knowledge, eg. planning, teaching, environmental management, conservation, or development agencies. Others utilise transferable skills e.g. resource-based companies, banking, accountancy, retail, local government and management. Another key destination is postgraduate study e.g. School Direct, PGCE, MA / MSc, PhD, vocational and professional qualifications.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Industry Links

The School has strong professional links with the Royal Geographical Society. All undergraduates are encouraged to become student members.

Professional Accreditation

Learning Environment and Assessment

The Geography programme is designed to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and discussion of important issues, as well as for the acquisition of knowledge. Lectures are the basis of the undergraduate programme. Group sizes ranging from around 50 for first year modules to about 20 on some specialist final year modules. Project work, field and presentation work is conducted within small groups. Group work enables students to develop their skills in presentation, to develop competence in analysis and interpretation, to acquire the ability to design and carry out investigative research, expertise in the synthesis ideas and information, report preparation, and organising skills. You will be assigned a personal tutor on arrival at the School. This tutor will remain with you throughout your degree and will provide academic support through scheduled and on demand meetings.

All modules have coursework components that include writing extended papers, or reports, group and individual presentations, data analysis and poster presentations. Geography students are required to undertake a third year dissertation.

Students with hard hats on a field trip

The field trips were a great chance to look at the world through different eyes. It was invaluable to experience the ways in which theory and practice came together and gain insight into some of the issues we studied to as to begin to explore possible solutions.