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Geography and Environmental Sciences involves the study of the human and environmental systems that sustain life on earth.

Geography and Environmental Science professionals provide solutions to many of the environmental issues facing urban and rural environments and populations. These include physical planning; use of resources; environmental health; environmental management and life cycle analysis. Increasingly it also includes the emergency aspects of environmental, economic and social development brought about by climate change, new ways of living, unstable earth systems and human conflict.

This new foundation year bridges the gap between school and undergraduate level study, providing a broad introduction to the subjects for those who do not meet the requirements needed for direct undergraduate entry.

The course provides both academic knowledge and practical skills, and makes use of high quality, current technology and on-site laboratories. It is the first step towards developing the skills you will need to engage successfully with life beyond the classroom, preparing you for working in an environmental context.

Following successful completion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the following degrees:

Modules and Learning

The course comprises six 20-credit modules that are completed over two semesters. These include environmental geography and environmental issues modules; sustainable development; earth resources; human geography and post-industrial landscapes; and the tutorial and fieldwork module which will help you to develop the skills to transition to University level study.

Teaching methods include lectures and seminars, practical use of tools and equipment, laboratory work, fieldwork, visits from professional speakers as well as guided and self-study. You will get the chance to work as an individual and to learn with others in group situations.

Assessments are designed to help you develop both general and discipline specific knowledge as well as developing transferable skills including communication, research and teamwork that will prepare you for progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree.

Teaching staff

The teaching team in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science are a diverse group of experts who share a genuine passion for their subject specialisms. They draw on their backgrounds and experiences in both academic teaching and practice to shape the course and bring real-life experience to your learning. As such, the course is strongly influenced by professional and industry practice and will continue to evolve in line with developments across the sector.

All of our academic staff are approachable, passionate about their subject and, above all, committed to your development, they are there to support you through every step of your foundation year.

Facilities

The Department offers a host of specialist laboratory facilities, field equipment and specialist software including a qualitative research suite and social spaces to support learning. On-site study facilities also include The Hub which is a dedicated learning area and resource centre, and The Zone – a 24/7 study space.

You will also benefit from the use of technologies to support learning, teaching and the student experience. This includes the e-learning portal, Northumbria’s Virtual Learning Environment, which houses course materials, study notes and reading lists.

The City Campus Library provides learning resources and additional study space. The Library, which is accessible 24/7, has achieved some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK. In addition, it has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

Research-rich learning

Tutors and lecturers are drawn from a team of geography and environmental sciences professionals with experience in research, industry and academic teaching. Many are actively involved in international research projects that shape their discipline. During the foundation year they provide the support you will need to progress to your chosen degree course.

Geography is a top-30 research department based on research power. In the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise 55% of our research ranked as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Career edge

The foundation year is intended to provide support, raise standards of excellence and increase confidence. The course starts with basic knowledge, theories, practices and skills and, as your knowledge builds, you progress to more complex and in-depth issues associated with geography and environmental sciences.

The real world focused, practical modules undertaken will help you develop skills that are most relevant to your chosen degree subject. By the end of the year, you will also be able to demonstrate a range of transferable skills including communication, research, independent and group working that will enhance your prospects and equip you with the knowledge to progress to an undergraduate degree.

Your future

The foundation year prepares you to progress onto one of the undergraduate degrees from the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, and provides the intellectual and practical skills you will need to succeed in life beyond university, as a critical and reflective member of society.

On completion of the undergraduate degree you may go on to work in planning, sustainability, greening business, environmental management, or conservation, and fields as diverse as, cartography, pollution control, urban regeneration, local government, overseas development and teaching.

Geography and Environmental Sciences involves the study of the human and environmental systems that sustain life on earth.

Geography and Environmental Science professionals provide solutions to many of the environmental issues facing urban and rural environments and populations. These include physical planning; use of resources; environmental health; environmental management and life cycle analysis. Increasingly it also includes the emergency aspects of environmental, economic and social development brought about by climate change, new ways of living, unstable earth systems and human conflict.

This new foundation year bridges the gap between school and undergraduate level study, providing a broad introduction to the subjects for those who do not meet the requirements needed for direct undergraduate entry.

The course provides both academic knowledge and practical skills, and makes use of high quality, current technology and on-site laboratories. It is the first step towards developing the skills you will need to engage successfully with life beyond the classroom, preparing you for working in an environmental context.

Following successful completion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the following degrees:

Modules and Learning

The course comprises six 20-credit modules that are completed over two semesters. These include environmental geography and environmental issues modules; sustainable development; earth resources; human geography and post-industrial landscapes; and the tutorial and fieldwork module which will help you to develop the skills to transition to University level study.

Teaching methods include lectures and seminars, practical use of tools and equipment, laboratory work, fieldwork, visits from professional speakers as well as guided and self-study. You will get the chance to work as an individual and to learn with others in group situations.

Assessments are designed to help you develop both general and discipline specific knowledge as well as developing transferable skills including communication, research and teamwork that will prepare you for progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree.

Teaching staff

The teaching team in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science are a diverse group of experts who share a genuine passion for their subject specialisms. They draw on their backgrounds and experiences in both academic teaching and practice to shape the course and bring real-life experience to your learning. As such, the course is strongly influenced by professional and industry practice and will continue to evolve in line with developments across the sector.

All of our academic staff are approachable, passionate about their subject and, above all, committed to your development, they are there to support you through every step of your foundation year.

Facilities

The Department offers a host of specialist laboratory facilities, field equipment and specialist software including a qualitative research suite and social spaces to support learning. On-site study facilities also include The Hub which is a dedicated learning area and resource centre, and The Zone – a 24/7 study space.

You will also benefit from the use of technologies to support learning, teaching and the student experience. This includes the e-learning portal, Northumbria’s Virtual Learning Environment, which houses course materials, study notes and reading lists.

The City Campus Library provides learning resources and additional study space. The Library, which is accessible 24/7, has achieved some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK. In addition, it has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

Research-rich learning

Tutors and lecturers are drawn from a team of geography and environmental sciences professionals with experience in research, industry and academic teaching. Many are actively involved in international research projects that shape their discipline. During the foundation year they provide the support you will need to progress to your chosen degree course.

Geography is a top-30 research department based on research power. In the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise 55% of our research ranked as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Career edge

The foundation year is intended to provide support, raise standards of excellence and increase confidence. The course starts with basic knowledge, theories, practices and skills and, as your knowledge builds, you progress to more complex and in-depth issues associated with geography and environmental sciences.

The real world focused, practical modules undertaken will help you develop skills that are most relevant to your chosen degree subject. By the end of the year, you will also be able to demonstrate a range of transferable skills including communication, research, independent and group working that will enhance your prospects and equip you with the knowledge to progress to an undergraduate degree.

Your future

The foundation year prepares you to progress onto one of the undergraduate degrees from the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, and provides the intellectual and practical skills you will need to succeed in life beyond university, as a critical and reflective member of society.

On completion of the undergraduate degree you may go on to work in planning, sustainability, greening business, environmental management, or conservation, and fields as diverse as, cartography, pollution control, urban regeneration, local government, overseas development and teaching.

Course Information

UCAS Code
F920

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019 or September 2020

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Merit Pass Pass

Scottish Highers:
CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
BCCCC

IB Diploma:
80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU:
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants:
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the Applicant Se

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU undergraduate tuition fee information**.

Click here for International undergraduate tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

Click here for information on fee liability.

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

Undergraduate fees are set by Government and are subject to annual review. Once these have been approved we will update fees/funding information for UK and EU students.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC


FUNDING INFORMATION

20/21 fees and funding information has not been confirmed. 19/20 information is listed below.

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Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KE3000 -

Sustainable Development (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, extensive group based projects, practical case studies, workshops, fieldwork and directed independent learning. In the first seven weeks a series of lectures and practical case studies will introduce you to the concept of sustainable development, the process of planning and development control and how development can impact on the environment: air, water, land, biodiversity and people.

You will then learn how these ideas work in practice by applying them to two extensive practical case studies, each study will run for seven+ weeks. You will be introduced to a range of tools and techniques for surveying sites and consider how development can be more sustainable, working as a team you will lean how to collect data, review options and produce justified proposals. Formative feedback will be provided in regular case study workshops and via project group meetings.

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KE3001 -

Environmental Geography (Core,20 Credits)

You will develop a broad appreciation of a range of contemporary geographical/environmental issues pertaining to the urban environment that span the human, physical and environmental domains e.g. urban biodiversity; waste management; urban pollution & health; supply & use of energy; as well as aspects of social, cultural and economic geography (e.g. crime, tourism and retail). Selected topics will be further developed through the application of a range of quantitative and qualitative methods as part of fieldwork and laboratory based activities to put theoretical learning into practice. The module provides you with a basic introduction to the social and scientific processes underpinning both local, as well as global, urban environmental problems. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application, with an informed concern about sustainable development in an urban context will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

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KE3002 -

Earth Resources (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about a variety of issues and debates that have shaped current thinking and research in the Geosciences. Following an exploration of the subject of geology, its scope, approaches to investigation and relationships with other relevant subjects, you will focus on a range of more specific topics, including:
• Earth structure and origin.
• Evolution of continents and oceans.
• Volcanoes: characteristics, behaviour and hazard mitigation.
• Earthquakes and impact mitigation.
• Earth history and deep time.
• Geological resources: hydrocarbons, metal ores, water resources, construction materials and geo-engineering.
• Resource utilisation & environmental impact: economics versus the environment.

In addition, you will develop your practical skills and abilities in mineral and rock identification, geological map interpretation, and geochemcial analysis. You will also develop a deeper appreciation of the interaction between physical and human aspects of the environment, thereby demonstrating informed concern about the Earth and its people.

On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

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KE3003 -

Post Industrial Landscapes of the North East (Core,20 Credits)

Over the last four decades, the North East of England has experienced a series of profound changes across its economic, social, cultural and political landscapes. This module examines some of the key elements of this reinvention of the North East in the context of an increasingly global economy. Key themes include: uneven geographies of deindustrialisation and crisis; urban-rural contrasts; the North East’s new service economy; gender and class shifts in employment and unemployment; migrant labour; place-based competition; creative and cultural industries and new forms of urban regeneration. These various dimensions of North East’s contemporary reinvention will be discussed in the wider context of changing philosophies and instruments of government policy intervention. The module will be delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and field teaching.

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KE3004 -

Transition Skills and Fieldwork in Geography and Environmental sciences (Core,20 Credits)

Through this module, you will be supported to develop a range of skills which will be critical to your progression from your foundation degree onto your subsequent undergraduate programme. You will learn and develop the key intellectual skills and personal attributes required for effective study in geography or environmental sciences and future graduate employment. The module aims to support your transition from further to higher education. As part of this shift in academic culture, you will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and through the development of reflective practice and feedback, develop ways of monitoring your own academic performance and progress. Specifically, the module will cover: managing the transition to university life; key academic skills, such as
time-management, academic literature search, essay writing, referencing, communication and presentation skills, field-observation and team-work; and how geographical and environmental perspectives inform our understanding of contemporary real world issues.

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KE3005 -

Understanding and Communicating Environmental Issues (Core,20 Credits)

You will develop a deep scientific understanding of five current environmental issues and learn how to communicate these to a primary/middle school audience. The module starts with introductory lectures and guided reading to engage you with a variety of environmental issues. You will then move onto small group seminars designed to give you the skillset to tackle the module assessment: to communicate one of these environmental issues to a primary/middle school audience. As you explore the scientific background to the environmental issues, a staff member will support you as you develop your leaflet to communicate the environmental issue. The module culminates when your leaflet is sent out to a local primary/middle school and you receive the feedback from the schoolteacher as to whether your hard work has helped the children to learn about the environmental issue. No pressure!

Environmental issues that could be covered:
Glacier retreat
Sea-level
Earthquakes
Biodiversity
Pollution
Water resources
Pollinator decline
Climate change
Natural hazards

The exact five environmental issues covered will depend on which research-active staff members are teaching on the module each year.

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