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

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F608
  • Year of entry: 2018
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

National Student Survey

• 100% of our students said staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)
• 93% of our students are satisfied overall with their programme (National Student Survey 2016)

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 research into the vulnerability of marine species and habitats to fishing, global climate change and coastal development 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 field teaching

Field teaching is at the centre of learning in all years, because it gives students a practical hands-on experience to gain an understanding of the natural environment that cannot be achieved in the classroom alone. Our residential field course locations currently include Pembrokeshire, Devon and the west coast and highlands of Scotland but we also regularly get out into the local area around North West England and North Wales.

Broaden your perspective by experiencing study overseas

All of our students organise and undertake an independent study visit overseas to a country of their choice. This gives you vital scientific work experience on a subject that interests you. You will also learn about the culture and biodiversity of another country and expand your network of contacts. An increasing number of our students take the chance to study abroad during their second year with one of our exchange partners in countries such as Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Sweden.

Benefit from our excellent facilities and partnerships

Our outstanding facilities include our custom-built remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs), long-term field study sites, and the Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL). Students use the CTL’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for practical work, field work and analytical skills such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Liverpool hosts the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) who contribute to research-led teaching. Local, national and international partners including World Museum Liverpool, RSPB and the Marine Biological Association help with field teaching and research projects.