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Our BSc in Geography and Planning with professional placement year has been specifically designed to provide you with key employability skills that will support you in an increasingly competitive labour market. You will gain an understanding of global, national and local processes of change, key environmental, social, cultural, political and economic trends and the role that planning plays in shaping their effects on different places. You will examine the changing nature of spaces and places, the relationship between society and space, and the roles of the state. Placing local and national issues in a global context, you will study topics which range from environmental change in the UK, and economic and social change in Wales, to regional and international development. The programme combines an appreciation of transnational spatial change with detailed case study work, through field study visits, away days and projects. It fosters an understanding of the main geographical trends in the world today, along with the analytical skills needed to study spatial change. At the same time, students are expected to link the insights derived from the geography modules to the more specific concerns of urban and regional planning. Your field study visits will play a key role in your study experience. Previous destinations include Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Tanzania. The professional placement element of the programme will provide you with the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills you acquire during the first two years of study. It is also a way of gaining practical knowledge and skills of planning in either the public or private sectors. The programme is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), providing you with a broad-based spatial education that combines the problem-solving approaches of planning with the topical insights of geography, as well as forging strong links between the geography and planning disciplines. Distinctive Features of the Programme • - a condensed but comprehensive coverage of both Human Geography and Planning • -the opportunity to study in a School consistently highly rated for its research excellence • - the involvement of internationally reputed research staff who are active in both scholarly and practitioner/policy networks • - close links with planning institutions, especially in Wales • - access to a laboratory with high-quality printing facilities, GIS (Geographic Information System) and Edina digimap mapping facilities • - excellent library and access to online journals and databases • - a field study visit option to explore issues in a real world case study, and deploy skills acquired through the degree into practice • - the facility to undertake assessments in the Welsh language if preferred. • - a year spent undertaking a professional placement, allowing you to demonstrate the knowledge gained in your first two years of study. You will also have the chance to reflect upon and record your experience, as a key component in the programme’s accreditation by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Town Planning Institute, Royal
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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|Campus name||Main Site - Cardiff|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Further information for International Applicants can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB - BBB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||In any subject.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 - 31 points||32-31 overall or 665 in 3 HL subjects.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.|
|Extended Project||A||For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||You must have or be working towards English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade C/4 or an equivalent (if you require a Tier 4 visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements) and GCSE Maths grade C/4 or equivalent qualification (subject and grade). If you are taking A-level Maths (or equivalent), GCSE Maths is not required. Core Maths may also be accepted in place of GCSE Maths.|
We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects. We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.
English language requirements
All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.