Geography (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS

Course summary

Develop the knowledge and skills to understand our complex world with a degree in Geography.

  • Gain field experience in destinations such as Italy and Spain, as well as on our Newton Park Campus in Bath and across the UK's South West region.
  • Tailor your studies to focus on the topics in human or physical geography that you are most passionate about.
  • Develop specialist skills and knowledge to prepare for a wide range of careers and postgraduate study opportunities.
On this Geography degree, you’ll explore the links between people, place and environment. You’ll engage with some of the most complex and challenging issues facing contemporary society including: climate change, environmental hazards, migration, urbanisation, social and economic inequalities, disaster risk reduction, coastal and river management, conservation politics, race and gender in society, and environmental justice. Through fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas you’ll learn how to work in different contexts and to appreciate the links between local issues and global challenges. You’ll also develop specialist skills and learn how to apply the latest geotechnologies to real world contexts, preparing you for a range of careers and further study opportunities. You’ll be part of our supportive Geography community, and you’ll be taught by our team of expert lecturers who are actively engaged in international networks and world-leading research. More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where you undertake a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between your second and final years of undergraduate study. You can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) yourself, with support from the Careers team.


Your first year helps you to transition to university-level Geography by establishing foundational skills and knowledge. You’ll develop these basic skills and knowledge through modules in both human and physical geography covering topics such as cities, environmental change and sustainable development. In your second year, you’ll develop more specialist knowledge and skills. In core modules you’ll develop your understanding of the discipline of geography, learn how to apply geotechnologies to real-world challenges and develop skills that can be used in a wide range of careers. During your final year, you’ll complete an independent research project, allowing you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired on the course. Students have undertaken their final year dissertation projects in locations across the UK, as well as in countries such as Canada, Brazil, Kenya, and Ghana. Please visit our website for full details of modules available to you.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through a variety of engaging and challenging assessment formats designed to help you to develop key skills and to prepare for your future career or postgraduate study. Your assessments will depend on the modules you choose, but may include a mix of essays, projects, reports, posters, presentations, video clips, field or lab-based activities, reflective commentaries or online tests. Most modules are assessed primarily through coursework and assessment rather than tests or exams. You'll complete many of your assessments as an individual, but there are also some group projects designed to help you to develop essential collaborative working skills. In addition to the help provided by your subject lecturers, you can also access extensive support for your assessments through ASk, the Academic Skills Service.

Professional bodies

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

  • Royal Geographical Society

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15750 Year 1
International £15750 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Geography (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS