Geology and Physical Geography - BSc (Hons)

Discover the rapidly evolving science at the heart of global environmental change and explore new ways of understanding and appreciating the physical and natural world. You will graduate with a wide range of subject specific and transferable skills to equip you for future employment in a variety of careers.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

UCAS code

  • FF68

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

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Why study Geology and Physical Geography at Keele University?

Top 10 in England for Student Satisfaction for Geography (National Student Survey, 2021)
Develop your practical skills in our state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories
This programme is accredited by the Geological Society of London
Our unique 600-acre campus offers a fantastic natural environment to perform fieldwork
No prior knowledge of geology or geography is required
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Geological Society of London.

Accredited status means our course provides you with the opportunity to gain the core skills necessary to continue to a career as a professional geologist. It also ensures programme content remains relevant to the latest developments in the sector.

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Studying Geology at Keele

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The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment interactive guided tour

Use the interactive tour to explore Keele's state of the art science facilities and our beautiful living-laboratory campus that we use to enrich your learning experience.

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Engage with our practitioners

The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment conducts research embracing four main clusters – Sustainable Places and Societies, Sustainable Environments, Sustainable Energy and Geo-resources, and Education.

Our academics are practitioners beyond academia. This means you will benefit from studying modules that have been informed by the research and active work they are undertaking in their field of expertise. The emerging field of Sustainability Science, closely aligned to Keele University’s Sustainability research strategy and the high profile United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, is at the heart of our research agendas.

You will also have the opportunity to embrace research, as our programme has a strong focus on applied research skills. This means you will collect, analyse and interpret different types of geological and geographical data, and carry out your own research using specialist software and equipment.

Find out more about research in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment.

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Central Science Laboratories

Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Geology and Physical Geography degree. For example, the Advancing Geography, Geology and the Environment module takes the knowledge built in 'Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment' module and applies it to a variety of human interactions, such as exploitation of the Earth’s resources, rural and urban development, monitoring and management of natural hazards, and environmental change. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

You will develop subject-specific and broad based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, including information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage

Module summary

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one modules

FYO-00185 Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15 credits
FYO-00211 Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists 15 credits
FYO-00193 Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment 15 credits
FYO-00276 Foundations of Science and Sustainability 15 credits

Semester two modules

FYO-00195 Advancing Geography, Geology and the Environment 30 credits
FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 30 credits

Entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or 
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above

How to apply 

Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Geology and Physical Geography with Foundation Year (UCAS code FF69) through UCAS at www.ucas.com

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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