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BA Geography

Catalog id : L700
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
November

 Tuition fee

International
15295 GBP
National
9000 GBP
EU
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
Department
School of Geography and the Environment
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)110
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1470
ACT (avg)32
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About this course

Geography is a diverse discipline that bridges the arts and social and natural sciences, providing a broad education and addressing pressing issues including environmental change, regional and global inequalities and the transformation of global economy and culture. Students obtain a coherent view of the rapidly changing world and the ways in which society influences and is influenced by it.

  • The Oxford Geography degree focuses on the interrelationships between society and the physical and human environment.
  • Students are introduced to the full range of geographical topics in the foundational courses, which they can then follow up in more detail in the optional papers.

The facilities available are among the best in the country, notably:

  • the Radcliffe Science Library, which holds a geography collection of over 28,000 volumes on its open shelves with many more held in closed stack storage. There are over 100 print journals on the open shelves of the RSL as well as electronic access to over 600 core journals
  • well-equipped Geolabs for practical physical courses and individual research projects.

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Eligibility Criteria

Academic:

  • A-levels: A*AA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 39 points with 766 at higher level
  • Or any other equivalent

It is highly recommended for candidates to have Geography to A-level, Advanced Higher or Higher Level in the IB.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B (for IGCSE, please see below)
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
  • European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English.

Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have

  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) 
  • been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country.

Other qualifications:

International Baccalaureate

A total score of 38, 39 or 40 points (depending on the course) including core points. Specific scores may be required in subjects taken at the Higher level. Please see the individual course pages for details.

American education system

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100 (or equivalent)
OR
ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.

AND

Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjects
OR
SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

SATs
We are aware that the SAT is undergoing major reform in 2016. As the old-system SAT is still being used up to and including the January 2016 test date, any candidates with a test date prior to or including January 2016 will be assessed according to the current offer wording above.

Oxford will accept both old and new-system SATs. The exact details of our requirements for the revised SATs will be published here following the release of the College Board concordance in May 2016. Further information on the redesigned SAT.

Superscoring

Candidates are asked to enter all their scores for any tests taken when they complete their UCAS application, showing the relevant dates for each. This gives tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, rather than just the ‘superscore’ of best results for the different sections of any test taken on multiple occasions.

Candidates are also asked to include any pending test scores on the UCAS application: that is, details of any test they intend to take up until the end of Senior Year. Again, this is to give tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, including studies which are still in progress.

European Baccalaureate

An average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

For further details, go through https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/international-students/international-qualifications?wssl=1

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Course Modules

1st year

Courses

Four compulsory courses:

Earth systems processes
Human geography
Geographical controversies
Geographical techniques
1-day field trips: Human and Physical

 2nd and 3rd years

Courses

Geographical Research (core)

Foundational courses (two chosen)

Space, place and society
Earth system dynamics
Environmental geography
Options (three chosen)

Options currently offered include:

African societies
Biogeography, biodiversity and conservation
Climate change impacts and adaptation
Climate change and variability
Complexity
Cultural spaces
Desert landscapes and dynamics
European integration
Geographies of finance
Geographies of nature
Geopolitics in the margins
Heritage science and conservation
Transport and mobilities
Dissertation

Overseas field trip

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How to Apply

All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown in applying to Oxford. The information below gives specific details for students applying for this course.

Written test:

  • All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), normally at their own school or college, on 2 November 2016.
  • Separate registration for this test is required and the final deadline for entries is 15 October 2016.
  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they are registered for this test.

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Oxford:

The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Oxford is a 2-hour pre-interview test for applicants to undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford.


Test format:

TSA Oxford is a pen-and-paper test. It consists of two sections:

Section 1: Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)
Section 2: Writing Task.

Separate answer sheets will be provided for each section. Calculators cannot be used.

Section 1: Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)

  • Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA):
  • Problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning. Critical thinking skills, including understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language.
  • 50 multiple- choice questions
  • 90 minutes

Section 2: Writing Task:

  • The ability to organise ideas in a clear and concise manner, and communicate them effectively in writing. Questions are not subject-specific.
  • Candidates must answer one essay question from a choice of four
  • 30 minutes

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