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Course summary

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: Human Geography MGeog Physical Geography MGeog Geography BA (Hons) Geography BSc (Hons) Physical Geography BSc (Hons)


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Assessment method

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.

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Points of entry

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  • Year 1

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Geography and Environmental Sciences Foundation Year at Northumbria University, Newcastle - UCAS