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Earth Sciences with a Preliminary Year (BSc)

  • F641

4 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

There are often good reasons why able students may not have the appropriate A-levels/AS-levels to enter the first year of a science degree programme. If you find yourself in this position, the Preliminary Year at Cardiff University can provide you with the academic background you will need for a science degree. On successful completion of the Preliminary Year, you will automatically progress into the first year of your chosen degree programme

Earth Sciences with a Preliminary Year

You can find out more about our degree programmes in Earth and Ocean Sciences on Course Finder.

Key Facts

UCAS Code F641
Duration 4 years
How to apply www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply
Accreditation  
Typical places available The School admits 150 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes
Typical applications received 850
Scholarships & Bursaries www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships
Fees www.cardiff.ac.uk/fees
Typical A-level offer ABB
Admissions Tutors Dr Henrietta Standley
Tel Number 029 2087 6735
Email address standleyhj@cardiff.ac.uk
School website www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth

The Preliminary Year programme includes modules in Biosciences, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. The particular modules studied depend on each student’s academic background and the requirements of their chosen degree subject, and will be agreed through discussion with staff at enrolment.

On successful completion of the Preliminary Year, you will automatically progress into the first year of your chosen degree programme.

It is possible to study the Preliminary Year programme on a part-time basis over two or three years. The science and maths modules are taught in the daytime at Cardiff University.

Earth Sciences with a Preliminary Year

Students seeking admission to a degree programme incorporating a Preliminary or Foundation Year should apply via UCAS. All candidates must satisfy the appropriate Admissions Tutor as to their competence to pursue a degree programme. The Preliminary Year is not normally a route for students who have failed to achieve the required grades in their A-levels.

You can find out more about our degree programmes in Earth and Ocean Sciences on Course Finder.

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences has an excellent tradition of teaching in the Earth Sciences. This educational experience is enhanced by frontier earth scientists from a wide variety of disciplines, involved in national and international research programmes, teaching alongside its students as they learn. This team ensures students receive the highest quality teaching, delivered by lecturers at the cutting edge of international research. In addition the School is able to maintain a friendly and informal approach brought about by staff-student interactions during fieldwork.

The modular course structure enables the School to offer an exciting and relevant spectrum of vocational degree programmes. These cover a wide range of modern geosciences from the traditional geology approach to the more industry focussed exploration and resource geology through to the equally applied environmental geoscience and water borne marine geography. The first semester is common to all degree schemes and you then confirm your chosen programme in January of your first year. Thus there is a chance to sample university teaching styles before committing to a particular degree programme or pathway.

Teaching in the School is conducted by a variety of methods –

  • formal lectures
  • laboratory practicals
  • IT practicals
  • fieldwork – both on land and for the Marine Geography students on the sea in the School’s own research vessel too

Formal lectures and practical classes have the emphasis on students taking ownership of their own learning programme and “learning how to learn”. Fieldwork is a vital format for understanding the earth sciences and all students go on at least one residential field trip each academic year as well as numerous specialist day trips. All students are assigned a tutor who will hold timetabled tutorials: fortnightly in Year 1 and monthly during other years. Your tutor will be a specialist in your degree programme and will advice on both academic and pastoral matters.

As well as conventional BSc programmes, an optional one year industrial placement is available for some of the BSc degrees. These placements provide an opportunity for students to gain in-depth experience in a range of relevant industries. Students are supervised and visited by University staff while enjoying the experience and career enhancement that results from a ‘Year Out’. The four year MESci schemes focus on research training and critical analysis making students who take these programmes very employable in a range of professions.

Most modules will contain some element of course work so the ability to work independently is crucial. Formal unseen exams and presentations are a key component of the way you are assessed. You will also undertake group work and project work, with all students producing a substantial dissertation on a topic of their choosing in the final year.

Typical A-level Offer  ABB
Typical WBQ Offer  Pass in the core plus AB at A-level
Typical Int Bacc Offer  34 points
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.

In 2010, 51% of the School of Earth and Ocean Science’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while a further 20% were engaged in further study, with others taking time out to travel.

See the Careers section in our specific degree programme in Earth and Ocean Sciences on Course Finder.

Fieldwork is an integral part of degrees at Cardiff’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, giving our students hands on experience in real field situations.  The fieldwork programme has been designed to give students the widest range of field experiences linked to classroom-based teaching.  Specialist equipment for working in the field and at sea will be provided by the School and students will be issued with specialist equipment appropriate for their degree after enrolment.

Earth Sciences with a Preliminary Year

You can find out more about our fieldwork programmes in Earth and Ocean Sciences on Course Finder. 

Next intake: September each year

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