Cardiff University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

Human Geography and Planning with a Professional Placement Year (Accredited)

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Course summary

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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)

Course details

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Town Planning Institute, Royal

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

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Course codeLK75
Institution code C15
Campus nameMain Site - Cardiff
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Further information for International Applicants can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB - BBB General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM All BTEC Extended Diplomas acceptable.
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB - BBB General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 665 from 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 GCSE English Language Grade C or 4, IGCSE English First Language grade C, IGCSE English as a Second Language grade C.

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.

To find out more, please go to:

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements/undergraduate


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £18200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Channel Islands: Fees stated are for the 2020/21 academic year. Fees after year one The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete to the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel. Overseas: Fees stated are for 2020/21 entry and are fixed for the first three years of study. Where programmes run for longer than three years, any additional years of study will rise in line with forecast inflation, using the RPIX measure of inflation (this is equivalent to the Retail Price Index but excludes mortgage interest payments) plus 2%. The RPIX rate will be taken from April preceding the commencement of the year of study. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel.

Sponsorship 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.

Human Geography and Planning with a Professional Placement Year (Accredited) at Cardiff University - UCAS