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

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Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F608
  • Year of entry: 2019
Lecture

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 follow a Foundation Year at Carmel College (St Helens, nine miles from the University of Liverpool), where the class sizes are small and the standards of academic achievement high.

You will then follow one from:

  • 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).

Programme in detail

Based at Carmel College, St Helens, about nine miles from the main University precinct. The College offers small class sizes and high standards of academic achievement. 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 the Foundation Year.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

138 Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences first year students (2017)

Facts and figures

1st UK university to open a Department of Oceanography

Why this subject?

Be part of a group whose world-leading research is helping to tackle today’s greatest environmental challenges

Our multi-disciplinary research is helping organisations such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea to develop sustainable management plans.

Bring your studies to life with laboratory and field teaching

A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and fieldwork. The fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. Time spent in laboratory and in the field varies considerably depending which program you are registed on. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.

Benefit from our excellent facilities and partnerships

Our outstanding facilities include our custom-built remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and the award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL). The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) contributes to research-led teaching, particularly in Years Three and Four.

Be inspired by our culture of research excellence in a friendly environment

Project work, carried out within the research groups, will allow you to use research equipment and the latest techniques.

Apply for summer internships and placements

A number of paid summer placements are offered, working alongside an academic. NOC also provide a one year placement - a great opportunity to develop numerical  and modelling skills as well as gaining a strong research experience.