School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

BSc (Hons) Geology with Foundation Year

If you are interested in geology and earth sciences but don’t have the qualifications to apply for a degree, this could be the pathway for you. Build your skills and knowledge on this new four year degree route, which incorporates a foundation year. Successful completion of the foundation year will enable you to progress onto Year 1 of one of our geology degrees.

Key features

  • " Progress onto the BSc (Hons) Applied Geology, Geology, Geology and Ocean Science, Physical Geography and Geology suite of degrees. You also have the option to later transfer from these degrees to our masters level MGeol degree.
  • < Apply the latest techniques in the laboratory and the field - through training and extensive fieldwork in the UK and further afield in for example Spain, Sicily, Cyprus and Death Valley, USA.
  • ? Stand out in subject specialisms by choosing from engineering geology, mineral resources, hydrocarbons, GIS and many more.
  • 3 Benefit from a degree accredited by the Geological Society of London.
  • A Focus on practical and professional skills meaning you’ll graduate primed to enter the workplace. We also maintain a wide range of links with industry.
  • @ Kickstart your career - our students have gone on to careers in all aspects of geology and all parts of the world.
  • & Benefit from attending the largest university-based Geocareers Fair. We organise the event and it’s attended by a range of employers who often send our own graduates to represent them.
  • A Benefit from a full staff tutorial support programme and Peer Assisted Learning (PALS), the latter lead by students a year ahead of you so you can have a student’s perspective.
  • @ Enhance your employability-take a work-based placement and/or collect data for your final year research project by undertaking field research in locations including Arctic Norway, Shetland, Rhum, southern France, the Spanish Pyrenees, the Alps and Cyprus
  • " The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree. Completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but will provide access to Year 1 of your degree.

Course details

  • Foundation Year
  • We provide you with a sound foundation across the sciences which will support your aspirations in geology and Earth sciences. We will help you develop your skills for independent, reflective and self-managed approaches to study, learning, scientific writing, time management and mathematical skills for the study of science.  Optional modules include biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics and statistics for science.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

32 - 48

A level: from a minimum of 2 A levels, including at least one pass in a science subject (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, use of mathematics, environmental science/studies, applied science, geography, geology). Excluding general studies.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma PPP in a science related subject (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, use of mathematics, environmental science/studies, applied science, geography, geology). 12 Unit BTEC National Certificate/QCF Diploma MP from a in a science related subject subject as above.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: pass Access course (preferably from a science/combined studies/natural sciences/nursing subject) (including GCSE English and mathematics grade C/4 or above or equivalent). For candidates that do not have a science, electrical or technology background please contact: for further advice.

International Baccalaureate: 24 overall to include 1 subject from science – English and mathematics must be included.

GCSE: English and mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

Applications from students with non-standard qualifications, including those without science qualifications at level 3, are welcomed and are assessed on an individual basis. This programme is also suitable for those returning to study who can offer work or other related experience in place of formal qualifications and who have the equivalent of basic mathematical, English and science skills (i.e. the equivalent of a grade C/4 at GCSE level).

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

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