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    I have been told that if you are not doing maths, chemistry or physics at A/AS level then it's best not to apply to do a BSc in geography as you won't be picked. Is this correct?

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    (Original post by Jam5)
    I have been told that if you are not doing maths, chemistry or physics at A/AS level then it's best not to apply to do a BSc in geography as you won't be picked. Is this correct?

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    Well a Bsc stands for Bachelor of Science and BA is just Bachelor (and then you get "hons" after it if it is an honours degree, meaning its industry recognised (I think)).
    So to be honest I don't know how you can do Bsc Geography as its classed as a humanity, IE not a science (Same with Archaeology despite the heavy amount of borderline Geology).

    For arguments sake lets call it a Bsc. Bsc courses require you to do atleast 2 sciences at A2 level (Mine were Biology and Geology).

    The best position you could be in to do a Geography degree is: History (to supplement the human side), Geography (duh) & Biology (For the Physical side). If it says Bsc then you need to sciences so either Physics, Chemistry or Biology (I don't think maths is a science)
    So the person who told you is misinformed.
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    (Original post by Philster07)
    Well a Bsc stands for Bachelor of Science and BA is just Bachelor (and then you get "hons" after it if it is an honours degree, meaning its industry recognised (I think)).
    So to be honest I don't know how you can do Bsc Geography as its classed as a humanity, IE not a science (Same with Archaeology despite the heavy amount of borderline Geology).

    For arguments sake lets call it a Bsc. Bsc courses require you to do atleast 2 sciences at A2 level (Mine were Biology and Geology).

    The best position you could be in to do a Geography degree is: History (to supplement the human side), Geography (duh) & Biology (For the Physical side). If it says Bsc then you need to sciences so either Physics, Chemistry or Biology (I don't think maths is a science)
    So the person who told you is misinformed.
    :daydreaming: how amazingly badly informed
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    (Original post by arkbar)
    :daydreaming: how amazingly badly informed
    Allright then the consensus is if you take the more geologyish modules withing physical geology you do a BSc, to me it just seams like a cheap way to get a BSc
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    (Original post by Jam5)
    I have been told that if you are not doing maths, chemistry or physics at A/AS level then it's best not to apply to do a BSc in geography as you won't be picked. Is this correct?

    Thanks!
    please ignore what that guy has said above, it doesnt sound like they know much about geography.

    firstly it depends on the universities, some will allow you to take bsc with just a geography A level not another maths/science subject.
    so have a look at the universities that you want to go to and see what their requirements are.
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    (Original post by Philster07)
    Well a Bsc stands for Bachelor of Science and BA is just Bachelor (and then you get "hons" after it if it is an honours degree, meaning its industry recognised (I think)).
    So to be honest I don't know how you can do Bsc Geography as its classed as a humanity, IE not a science (Same with Archaeology despite the heavy amount of borderline Geology).

    For arguments sake lets call it a Bsc. Bsc courses require you to do atleast 2 sciences at A2 level (Mine were Biology and Geology).

    The best position you could be in to do a Geography degree is: History (to supplement the human side), Geography (duh) & Biology (For the Physical side). If it says Bsc then you need to sciences so either Physics, Chemistry or Biology (I don't think maths is a science)
    So the person who told you is misinformed.
    BA stands for bachelor of arts.
    and i did physical modules in my first year which were full of maths and science- a reason why i didnt take any for my second and third year.
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    (Original post by Philster07)
    Well a Bsc stands for Bachelor of Science and BA is just Bachelor (and then you get "hons" after it if it is an honours degree, meaning its industry recognised (I think)).
    So to be honest I don't know how you can do Bsc Geography as its classed as a humanity, IE not a science (Same with Archaeology despite the heavy amount of borderline Geology).

    For arguments sake lets call it a Bsc. Bsc courses require you to do atleast 2 sciences at A2 level (Mine were Biology and Geology).

    The best position you could be in to do a Geography degree is: History (to supplement the human side), Geography (duh) & Biology (For the Physical side). If it says Bsc then you need to sciences so either Physics, Chemistry or Biology (I don't think maths is a science)
    So the person who told you is misinformed.
    This is one of the most inaccurate posts I have read.

    OP, whether or not a course is called a BSc is entirely up to the department. Whilst in general a BSc is more physical geography based, the reality is much more complicated. I would ask why you want to do a science degree with no background in any related sciences.
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    (Original post by TheOneWho)
    This is one of the most inaccurate posts I have read.
    Oh well excuse me for trying to help people, I don't see you trying to form a substantial answer to the question
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    (Original post by Philster07)
    Oh well excuse me for trying to help people, I don't see you trying to form a substantial answer to the question
    Considering the rather vague question, there's not much I can answer. Every department is different and will ask for different things.

    I'd rather not answer than give the person completely wrong information.
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    It depends on the university. Some require a science some don't so you're best looking at individual prospectus'. Generally speaking, a science is good for Bsc because it is a science based course, so you might struggle a bit if you don't have any previous studies in this area. That said, a lot of universities offer all geography students the same first year - including modules from the BA and Bsc courses - so, providing you get accepted into the university, it wouldn't matter if you have a science or not.
    My A-levels were geography, law and world development and I still did a Bsc module in my first year and, if I wanted to, I could have switched to a Bsc at the end of first year (I didn't because I hate physical!)
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    Quick question, not trying to anger anyone but how can anyone go onto do a BSc if they have no science background.
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    (Original post by Philster07)
    Quick question, not trying to anger anyone but how can anyone go onto do a BSc if they have no science background.
    That depends whether or not the BSc is actually a science degree or whether it is just being called that. Geography straddles the boundaries. For example, I did a BSc and applied with mostly science subjects, yet I am a human geographer, and a friend of mine applied with mostly social science and arts subjects yet did a degree in earth science. Some departments are more flexible than others, and every department and university is different.
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    (Original post by Philster07)
    Oh well excuse me for trying to help people, I don't see you trying to form a substantial answer to the question
    But silence is better than pig ignorance.
    You do realise Cambridge do not award any BSc degrees don't you?

    Thought not!
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    (Original post by Philster07)
    Quick question, not trying to anger anyone but how can anyone go onto do a BSc if they have no science background.
    BSc courses are usually physical Geography courses (exceptions being places like Bristol and Loughborough, where their human geography course is also a BSc course). Physical geography requires a fair amount of statistical use and a good general knowledge of 'science'. Most of the universities I've looked at have stated they want A-Level maths for their BSc courses, or a science, so yeah in a sense you need a 'sciencey' background. However, I'm looking at human geography courses which require no science background but are called BSc.

    There are universities that don't require any science A-levels, some do. It just depends, OP.
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    Thanks for all of your help! I will look into BSc's too and see whether the universities wish for maths and sciences. It was just the way I was told made it sound like the universities didn't say. Just wondering what sort of jobs can you do with a geography degree other than teaching?
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    (Original post by Jam5)
    Just wondering what sort of jobs can you do with a geography degree other than teaching?
    Anything you want. It depends more on what sort of geography and what sort of career you are interested in.
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    Geography has the benfit of reaching a lot of different disciplines and you can specialise in whatever type you like.

    Bsc or BA you still get quality and a choice of physical and human modules. Don't fret too much
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    BSc - students encouraged to take more physical geog moldules
    BA - students encouraged to take more human geog modules
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    Ideally you'd have A level physics or maths (definately do stats as the application if possible, helps so much!!!) for geography (as well as A level geography), particularly if you are planning on going into physical geography.

    I'm not sure what universities generally specify though, might be best to check each university department separately and see what they typically ask for.
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    For entry to BSc Geography most universities ask for one or two sciences to A-level. By science they mean: geography, math’s, physics, biology, chemistry or geology. However for a lot of departments all they ask for, for a BSc, is A-Level Geography. As everyone else has said, it is best to check the specific university's website.
 
 
 
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