University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Geography (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance. If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award. Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise
  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
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Course details


FOUNDATION: All modules are compulsory. STAGE 1a Transition to University – Learning to Learn (Compulsory) Investigating Your Subject (Compulsory) Foundation in Life Sciences (Compulsory) Negotiated Learning Project (Compulsory) STAGE 1b • Introducing Human Geographies (compulsory) • The Physical Environment (compulsory) • A Sustainable Community (compulsory) • Geohazards (compulsory) • Geography and Development (compulsory) • Geographical Techniques (compulsory). STAGE 2: • Geography Field Module (compulsory) • Issues in Human Geography (compulsory) • Research Methods (compulsory) • Weather and Climate (designated) • Populations and Migrations (designated) • Landscape Processes (designated) • Biogeography (designated) • Transport and Mobility (designated). STAGE 3: • Geography Dissertation (compulsory) • Career Planning and Employability (compulsory) • Communicating Climate Change (designated) • Geographies of Sport (designated) • Water Resource Management (designated) • Children’s Geographies (designated) • Sustainable Development: Land Use and Planning (designated). Module information is quoted for 21/22 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

Each module includes 3 items of assessment, all of which test your knowledge and skills while developing other areas, such as your ability to present to a group. There will be a range of formal assignments such as: • essays • field reports • presentations • debates and discussions • written work for different audiences, such as journalists and the media Some modules also have an end of year exam.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

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Geography (with Foundation Year) at University of Northampton - UCAS