BA (Hons) Geography and International Development with a Foundation Year
- Full Time
- Degree of Bachelor of Arts
- UCAS Course Code
- Course Length
- 4 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
Why you should choose us
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Of graduates go on to work and/or study within 15 months after the course
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Have you ever wondered why societies are so unequal? How processes of colonialism, globalisation, urbanisation, and (de)industrialisation have transformed people’s lives? Or considered how uneven development emerges at the global, regional, national, and local scales, and what we can do about it? What are the causes and consequences of social polarisation and inequalities between groups? How do people challenge, resist, and transform spatial difference and social injustice? And how can we understand the complex interactions between people, communities, and their wider environments in order to create a better future for everyone?
Learn to tackle these big questions – and many more – in our BA Geography with International Development with a Foundation Year.
You’ll start your degree with a foundation year to help you develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed. You’ll have the chance to get a taste of previously unknown areas of study and you’ll be actively encouraged to develop your own scholarly interests, so when you successfully finish your foundation year, you’ll be perfectly placed to progress to Year 1.
This innovative course combines a strong interdisciplinary foundation with a specialist geographical lens in the study of global development. You will take core human and social geography modules that seek to understand critical contemporary issues from a geographical perspective – including poverty, inequality, race, health, migration, and urbanisation – focusing specifically on the relationship between people and place, and transformative social justice. You will obtain key practical skills training, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), qualitative and quantitative methods, alongside in-depth field experience. In fact, fieldwork and field courses are a vital part of this degree with local field trips embedded within core modules, where we partner with and learn from community-based organisations. We have several opportunities for residential trips both in the UK and overseas throughout the programme.
In addition to this geographical focus, you’ll gain a broad grounding in the key issues, agendas and practices of development, fusing insights from geography with those from across the social sciences, including anthropology, economics, environmental sciences, media, and politics. You can develop your understanding of particular regions in the world, through area modules relating to sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, or Latin America, and you can pursue your emerging interests through this unique blend of geography and development.
The result is an extremely flexible degree programme that you can tailor to suit your particular interests, and that allows you to combine an interdisciplinary foundation with your focused specialism.
During your foundation year, we will work with you to help you make the best decision for your interests and career goals. If you find your interest in a particular field growing through your Foundation Year, you can switch to one of our BA degree pathways that focuses on that field.
Students would also have the option to transfer to the BA Geography in the School of Environmental Sciences.
By studying with us, you’ll join our close-knit academic community, made up of experts from across multiple disciplines, all housed within the School of International Development. As such, you will benefit from a truly vibrant, interdisciplinary environment and learn from researchers who are making a real difference in the world.
We are amongst the best in the world for researching, teaching, and practicing development. Come and study with us and help us to create a fairer world.
Placement Year and Study Abroad
All undergraduate students studying in the School of International Development have the opportunity to complete a two to six month UK or overseas placement, a placement year, or a study abroad year. See our Study Abroad section for further information.
Students on the foundation year wanting to undertake a study abroad or placement year can later transfer their degree to BA Geography with International Development with a Year Abroad or BA Geography with International Development with a Placement Year.
Study and Modules
You’ll explore contemporary global challenges facing the developing world (such as migration, water security, gender equality and population growth), and be introduced to the interdisciplinary subject of development studies. You will also develop the study skills you need for success at university, developing as an independent learner, through dedicated modules. Optional modules can be taken from the Schools of Politics, History and Environmental Sciences, as well as Languages.
For information on subsequent years of this course, please see the full BA Geography and International Development course profile.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 20)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
On your Foundation Year, your learning will predominantly take place through interactive seminars and workshops. You’ll work closely with your Foundation Year lecturers and fellow students as you build your academic skills. You’ll have the opportunity to receive regular verbal and written feedback on your work over the course of the Year, which you can feed into subsequent assignments and projects.
You’ll be assessed through essays, course tests or exams, field project reports and presentations, as well as quantitative-analytical reports and policy briefs.
In the foundation year, you will be assessed through varied forms of coursework. Key to assessment in the foundation year is ensuring you are well supported in developing the skills needed for you to successfully complete your assignments.
Throughout your degree, you’ll have the chance to get valuable feedback on your work from staff and fellow students. This helps you identify areas for improvement, ensuring you get the most from your work.
- A Levels
- T Levels
- Obtain an overall Pass including a C in the core of the T Level and a Pass in the Occupational Specialism. Any subject is acceptable.
- Scottish Highers
- Scottish Advanced Highers
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- 6 subjects at H4
- Access to HE Diploma
- Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3
- International Baccalaureate
- 28 points
- You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
- Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.
- Deferred Entry
- We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.
- This course is open to UK applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements.
Alternative Entry Requirements
UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled.
Fees and Funding
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Scholarships and Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. View our range of Scholarships for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
How to Apply
Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.
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After the Course
You’ll graduate with knowledge and skills valued by a vast range of organisations related to geography and global development and many of our graduates go on to work in related roles in policy and advocacy. These include government agencies the United Nations, private sector companies, consultancy firms, and the many hundreds of large and small non-government organisations that focus on social and environmental issues and humanitarian work. Furthermore, geographers are renowned for being ‘systems-thinkers’, focusing on people and our relationships with the environment. Trained geographers contribute to advocating for liveable climates, influencing social policy, and managing resources.
Alternatively, you could use the academic and transferable skills gained from our degrees for careers in business, the voluntary and public sector, education, and academia. Geography provides an ideal set of skills and understandings for approaching a myriad of career choices.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers you could enter include:
- United Nations World Food Programme
- International NGOs,
- Government (both UK and foreign)
- British Red Cross