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Faculty of Science and Engineering

BSc Geography (with Teacher Training)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F800

What you'll study

Prepare for your teaching career while gaining specialist geographical knowledge. You'll get to know the theory and practice, and carry out field work in locations like Iceland and Morocco.

Students wishing to study BSc Geography (with Teacher Training) must register on to BSc (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; a 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 F800. They will be guided on how to apply for the Teacher Training option during year 1 of the degree.

 

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core module

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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. You will get the chance to apply this knowledge during a placement within one of our partnership schools.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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.

  • Global Issues

    Explore the challenges and benefits of interdisciplinary approaches to a range of global issues. You will apply these approaches to a number of case studies to examine issues such as resource use and sustainability; environmental change and its impacts from the local to global level, and how changing technologies can inform and enhance human responses to global threats.​

  • Interpreting Environments

    This module prepares you for further study of environmental science or geography by introducing you to some key tools we use to interpret the environments around us, such as computer mapping and data analysis. You will use these to study different aspects of our local area.

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. 

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Frontiers in Physical Geography

    Explore how new physical geography knowledge is acquired through project work, studying the history and philosophy of our subject. You'll research a topic of your choice and develop a plan for the final year dissertation. This module gives you the tools needed to be a physical geographer and make an original contribution to our knowledge of the world, not just learn about things other people found out.

  • 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.

Compulsory module

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Field Studies

    Visit field locations including Barcelona, Berlin and UK destinations. Design and conduct your own research projects, allowing you to trial field skills which you will use while conducting your third year dissertation project. For core/compulsory field modules, the price of these are included in your course fees. ​

Choose one from

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Cities and Globalisation

    Examine urban development patterns and processes in an era of rapid globalisation. Using real 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.

  • Cultural and Historical Geography

    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, exploring the challenges involved in integrating environmental concerns into policymaking, economic activity and our lifestyles.

Choose one from

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Environmental Change

    Investigate how the environment, especially the climate, changes 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

    Explore what constitutes a geohazard, and the specifics of a range of natural hazards present in the environment, which may include earthquakes, volcanic hazards, tsunami, flooding, and climate-related hazards. You will engage in a range of practical activities and report writing assessments which will develop your own skills in evaluating risk, hazard and susceptibility in a variety of settings.​

  • 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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Compulsory module

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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

    ​This module will take you on a journey through the current Ice Age, which spans the last 2.7 million years. Through lectures, seminars, labs and field days, we will explore the environmental changes that have occurred through this period and the methods for unravelling this.​

  • Adapting to Climate Change

    Investigate climate change, its impact on us and our adaptions to it, as well as 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.

  • Feeding the City

    Explore the globalised and localised production and consumption networks that 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 that feed us.

  • Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

  • Conservation in a Changing World

    We live in uncertain times, and predicting future trends among many environmental factors is difficult, but we do know that many aspects of the natural world are being significantly affected by human activity. In this module, you will explore how the natural world is responding and will respond to future changes. You will consider how conservation science, practice and policy is being used to protect and enhance that world.

  • Volcanoes and their Hazards

    Explore the key themes and current research-led understanding of volcanological processes and hazards, volcanic monitoring and management of volcanic crises around the world.

  • Advanced Sedimentary Environments

    How do sedimentary environments, from the mudflats of the Humber to the Cambrian sea floor, really work? This module combines classroom, field and lab techniques from geology, geography and ecology to improve your understanding of sedimentary systems.

  • 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

Our Geography BSc gives you an appreciation of landscape formation and changes in landscapes over different timescales. Combine that with teacher training, and you’ll graduate with the skills and expertise to inspire future generations to learn about the world around them.

  • Take part in field studies on the North York Moors and in places like Morocco, Iceland, Malawi or Spain.
  • Develop career-ready skills such as geographical information systems (GIS) analysis, qualitative methods, group work and report writing.
  • All core field trips are included in the cost of your degree (in your final year, there are further optional field trips abroad or in the UK).
  • This degree is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society.
  • We were ranked third in the UK for research impact (REF 2014). So you'll be learning from recognised experts who combine their research with teaching on our courses.

If you want to take BSc Geography (with Teacher Training), you should register on BSc Geography first. We'll then transfer you onto the teacher training pathway during Year 1 of your degree. The transfer will be subject to the usual requirements for admission to teacher training.

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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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 it's within the UK or in 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.

What we can do to make our cities greener

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Entry requirements

Students wishing to study BSc Geography (with Teacher Training) must register on to BSc (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 F800, 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.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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. You have the chance to get to grips with remote sensing, data collection methodology, statistical software and building presentation skills, as well as the latest geo-technology.

92% of our geography students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).