Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences) (Q64-EAR) at Open University - UCAS

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Degree level: Undergraduate
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Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences) (Q64-EAR)

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Course summary

Earth science is the study of how our planet evolved and the forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, the earth that we live on. In this specialist route available in our BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences (Q64), you’ll learn why volcanoes occur, what fossils indicate about past environments, how the oceans regulate climate and why sea-level changes. As well as gaining an understanding of earth sciences, you’ll develop analytical and problem-solving skills. Key features of the course

  • Accredited by the Society for Natural Sciences (SNS)
  • Teaches you how to observe and gather information about earth processes and environments through the study of rocks, fossils, minerals and landforms
  • Develops your skills in data collection, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Gives you the opportunity to carry out independent projects and attend field courses
  • Offers the chance to debate issues and use professional online databases


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits: In Stage 1, you’ll study two 60-credit modules. In Stage 2, you’ll study one 60-credit module and choose 60 credits of option modules. In Stage 3, you’ll study one 60-credit module, choose one 30-credit module and complete a 30-credit project module.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £21816 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £20952 Whole course
Scotland £7128 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6954 Whole course
Wales £7872 Whole course
EU £22416 Whole course
International £22416 Whole course
Channel Islands £22416 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fee information is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2025. Fees typically increase annually.
Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences) (Q64-EAR) at Open University - UCAS