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Earth Sciences entry route leading to BSc (Hons) (4 year route including a Foundation Year at Carmel College)

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The deadline for international students is 30 June 2023.

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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Earth Sciences entry route leading to BSc (Hons) (4 year route including a Foundation Year at Carmel College) F608
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 25 September 2023

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Course overview

Studying this programme provides a route into a number of Earth and Ocean Sciences BSc (Hons) degrees, ideal for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time, or who have taken non-traditional qualifications.

Introduction

This programme provides a route into a number of BSc (Hons) degrees in Earth or Ocean Sciences. It is especially suitable for students without a strong background in science.

You will undertake a foundation year (year zero) at Carmel College, St Helens, where the class sizes are small and the standards of academic achievement high.

You will follow three foundation modules, chosen from Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Geography. Module choice depends on the programme you wish to follow after your foundation year.

You will then continue on to one of the following undergraduate courses:

  • Geology (F600)
  • Geology and Physical Geography (F6F8)
  • Geophysics (Geology) (F640)
  • Geophysics (Physics) (F656)
  • Ocean Sciences (F700)
  • Geography and Oceanography (FF78)
  • Mathematics with Ocean and Climate Sciences (G1F7)
  • Marine Biology with Oceanography (C1F7).

A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. Fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.

What you'll learn

  • Skills needed for independent study at undergraduate degree level
  • Undertaking a variety of learning methods and assessment tasks
  • A strong knowledge of science
  • Laboratory and field work
  • Skills to tackle global environmental challenges

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year zero

You will follow three foundation modules, chosen from Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Geography, dependant on the programme you wish to follow after your foundation year.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Your experience

At Liverpool, we place a great deal of emphasis on learning through experience. You will be taught in Europe’s most advanced teaching laboratories and will participate in a strong fieldwork programme that will help to prepare you for solving real work problems. You will have access to excellent resources, including research-level analytical equipment and computing facilities, and will be trained in industry-standard methods using materials donated by companies.

Careers and employability

With the environmental challenges facing the planet, there has never been a better time to study subjects in the environmental sciences: to understand the drives of climate change, how the oceans and land are responding to our warming climate, why and where sea level is rising, and how these changes are affecting ecosystems on land and in the ocean. Our degree programmes are designed to provide you with the skills to tackle these global environmental challenges.

89.5% of environmental sciences students from the University of Liverpool are in work and/or further study 15 months after graduation.

Discover Uni, 2018-19.

Employability options are extensive and include:

  • Government agencies (Environment Agency, Met Office)
  • Environmental consultancy and management
  • Climate research
  • Accountancy and insurance brokers
  • Education.

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, how to pay, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching. assessment,  operating University facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

A typical offer is likely to be CDD at A level, in related subjects. Students with alternative A level combinations are welcome to apply but should expect to be made higher offers. For further information, visit www.carmel.ac.uk, email degree@carmel.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1744 452 213. Applicants over 21 can be considered on GCSEs alone.

GCSE All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences (any two of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or Core and Additional Science/Dual Science acceptable). Applicants over 21 can be considered on GCSEs alone.
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our direct entry requirements. Although there is no direct Foundation Certificate route to this course, completing a Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, can guarantee you a place on a number of similar courses which may interest you.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

Changes to Earth Sciences entry route leading to BSc (Hons) (4 year route including a Foundation Year at Carmel College)

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