Faculty of Science and Engineering

BA Geography (with Teacher Training)

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L700

What you'll study

Students wishing to study BA Geography (with Teacher Training) must register on to BA (Hons) Geography. Successful students will be transferred onto the teacher training pathway during year one of the degree. The transfer will be subject to the usual requirements for admission to teacher training, including a successful period of experience in a school; successful interview; a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check; and GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or C or equivalent. Students who are interested in taking this option should apply for UCAS course L700, and will be guided on how to apply for the Teacher Training option during year 1 of the degree.

You will undertake several periods of block placement in schools throughout the degree. A minimum of 120 days placement in school must be accumulated during the programme. Placements are found and supported by the University. Block placement periods would normally be: at the end of the Certificate stage; before the start of the Diploma stage; at the end of the Diploma stage; before the start of the Honours stage; and at the end of the Honours stage. You must be available for these periods of block placement and be aware that you will be liable for any additional costs (e.g. travel or accommodation) associated with block placements. 

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Worlds of Connection and Difference

    This module will introduce you to key perspectives in contemporary human geography. It uses the themes of 'difference' and 'connection' to explore a wide range of examples and case studies of how geographical thinking allows us to describe and interpret human geographical phenomena.

  • Introduction to Environmental Science

    As well as providing an introduction to fundamental principles of environmental systems and the interconnectedness of humankind with the environment, this module introduces key practical skills needed in Environmental Science.

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us

    This module is all about how to be a Geographer, a Geologist, or an Environmental Scientist. You’ll find out about many different ways of studying the world around us by exploring a specific field trip location (in 2018 we’ll be going to Shropshire).

  • Global Issues

  • Introduction to Teaching

    This module provides an introduction to teaching and the teachers’ standards. You will look at the basic theories of learning and how these underpin teaching in the classroom and apply this knowledge during a placement within one of our partnership schools.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Frontiers in Human Geography

    In this module, you will learn how to design a dissertation research proposal in order to carry out independent research on a human geographical problem. You will also discover the exciting history of geography as a discipline.

  • Field Studies

  • Educational Pedagogies for Schools

    This module explores the range of learning theories and strategies we employ within the classroom to support learning and progress. You will become more familiar with the teachers’ standards and how these can be evidenced through your own teaching.

  • Developing as a Teacher

    The module looks to develop your knowledge and understanding of teaching by looking at more research based practice within the classroom. You will develop your own teaching and skills related to reflection through the completion of an assessed placement in school.

Choose one from

  • Cities and Globalisation

    Examine urban development patterns and processes in an era of rapid globalisation. Using real-world examples of cities from around the world, you'll learn about contemporary urban issues, such as sustainable development, housing, environmental planning, infrastructure, social justice, and inequality.

  • Making Worlds

    Learn about the cultural, historical and social processes that makes our world. You'll be using sources as diverse as films, music, art, landscape and maps to think about key issues like identity, power and memory in both the past and the 21st-century present.

  • Sustainable Futures

    Study key issues relating to the concept of sustainability and attempts to create more sustainable ways of living. You will focus on different geographical, cultural and economic settings and explore the challenges involved in integrating environmental concerns into policymaking, economic activity and our lifestyles.

Choose one from

  • Environmental Change

    Investigate how the environment, especially climate, has and will change in the past, present and future. This module uses a combination of lectures and practical activities to introduce you to key concepts in environmental change and develop key skills such as laboratory methods.

  • Geohazards

  • Catchment to Coast

    Look at earth surface processes from the source in upland area to the sink in coastal environments. Through lectures, fieldwork and laboratory experiments, you will lean about how sediments are eroded, transported and deposited through a catchment.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Geography Dissertation

    The dissertation is the 'capstone' of your degree programme. You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • Teaching Project

    Teaching is a popular career choice for Geography, Geology and Biology students. This module provides you with experience of classroom and school environments, providing real world teaching experience and allowing you to conduct a project with a school into an aspect of teaching and learning in your subject.

  • Consolidating My Teaching

    This module allows you to continue to consolidate your skills as a teacher. This is your final assessed placement, and requires you to undertake a sustained period of planning, teaching and assessment of learning in one of our partnership schools.

Optional modules

  • Landscapes in the Making

    Discover the history of the landscape under your feet! From castles to cities, country houses to fields, learn how, when and who made the British landscape as we see it today.

  • Green Economy

    Explore different theories, strategies and actions to green our economy and society in response to pressing issues such as climate change, resource scarcity and social inequalities. You will learn from examples around the world and develop your own proposal to contribute to a more sustainable initiative.

  • Quaternary: 2 million years of change

  • Adapting to Climate Change

    Investigate climate change, the impacts of climate change hazards on humans, human adaptations to climate change and future climate change scenarios. This module uses a combination of lectures, PC practicals and seminars.

  • Rivers and their Management

    Discover exciting and innovative ways of thinking and practising river management for both flooding and geomorphic impact - including the latest practices of natural flood management (NFM). This module will introduce you to key approaches to river management through a combination of lectures, student-led presentations and a final report.

  • Advancing Research in Human Geography

  • Cities and Regions

    This module provides you with an introduction to key concepts and policies related to urbanisation and regional development, focusing on selected examples from North America. You will also write a report on an urban problem or issue in a city of your choosing.

  • Feeding the City

    Explore the globalised and localised production and consumption networks which feed the city, following food from field to fork. You will examine 'conventional' and 'alternative', 'global' and 'local' food production systems and consider the complex systems of farming, food processing, retail and consumption which feed us.

  • Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

  • Histories of the British Landscape

  • The Global South and Development

    An overview of the challenges of development for the Global South, including major debates on development issues in academia and policy circles. You'll explore issues such as equality, income distribution, gender, role of states and markets, and democracy in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

  • Environmental Problems and Society (UK Field Trip)

  • Overseas Field Trips

"It felt like home. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, Hull was somewhere I needed to study."

Rhianna Phillips

More about this course

BA Geography addresses dynamic and complex social, economic and political processes in a range of urban and rural settings in the developed and developing world. You’ll get to grips with subject-specific geography modules and develop a range of valuable skills in GIS, qualitative methods, group work and report writing. Combine this with teacher training, and you’ll graduate with the skills and expertise to inspire the next generation, and teach young people about the world around them.

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in field trips in the local area and in overseas destinations such as Morocco, Iceland, Malawi, Germany and Italy. There are also optional field trips to international sites or UK destinations during the final year of study. All core field trips are provided free. 

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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What do our students do on their field trips? Find out with our up-close-and-personal video filmed in Spain with our second-year students.

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Fieldwork is a vital part of your studies whether its within the UK or to destinations like Morocco, Iceland, Malawi, Germany and Italy.

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Study under experts. Our geography and environmental studies research was ranked third in the UK for its impact in the most recent national assessment.

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Our geography and geology courses are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society and the Geological Society of London.

Geology at Hull was ranked first in the country for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey, while geography was rated in the top ten.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study BA Geography (with Teacher Training) must register on to BA (Hons) Geography. Successful students will be transferred onto the teacher training pathway during year one of the degree. Transfer will be subject to the usual requirements for admission to teacher training, including: a successful period of experience in a school; successful interview; a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check; and GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or C or equivalent. Students who are interested in taking this option should apply for UCAS course L700, and will be guided on how to apply for the Teacher Training option during year 1 of the degree.

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 23 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

Students on programmes ‘with Teacher Training’ will have the knowledge and skills to gain immediate employment in schools and will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Status. They will be able to obtain QTS at the end of their first full time year of employment as a teacher.

You will develop a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication combined with an in-depth knowledge of a number of academic themes. Your employability is boosted by our emphasis on teaching real-world expertise and solving practical problems, which offers you the chance to get to grips with the latest geo-technology, remote sensing, data collection methodology, statistical software and building presentation skills.