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Direct entry to second year Geology BSc (Hons) 2021 entry

It is possible for students applying for the BSc in Geology to enter directly into the second year of study, meaning you will complete your degree in three years instead of four.

This option is offered to students with excellent A-Level or International Baccalaureate qualifications. SQA qualifications without a Geology component will not be accepted.

Students who enter directly into second year will take modules required by the Geology BSc programme from the second year on, along with an additional practical and field skills module specifically designed for direct entry students.

Direct entry students will have the opportunity to study abroad during their second year of study.

To find out more information, or to discuss the possibility of direct entry to second year, please contact the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Joint degree options

Direct entry into second year is also possible for the following joint Honours degrees:

  • Biology and Geology (UCAS code: CFC6)
  • Chemistry and Geology (UCAS code: FF16)
In taking a joint degree, you are required to take core modules in all of your subjects. Find out more about joint degrees.

The course information below is for single Honours direct entry only. For more information about direct entry to joint degrees, please contact Admissions at admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Contact

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of St Andrews
Irvine Building
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3940
Email: earthsci@st-andrews.ac.uk

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Key information

UCAS code

F600

Course type

Bachelor of Science (single Honours degree)

Course duration

Three years full time

  • Start date: 6 September 2021
  • End date: 30 June 2024

Entry requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.

    • AAA, including A in Geology and A in one other subject from the following:
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Geography 
      • Mathematics
      • Physics. 
    • 38, including HL6 in three of the following subjects:
      • Biology 
      • Chemistry
      • Geography
      • Physics.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

Applicants are expected to have studied Geology at GCE A-Level or equivalent.

General entry requirements

All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.

  • SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing science
    • Geography
    • Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.
  • GCSE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GCSE (5) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing Science
    • Geography
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.

Other qualifications

More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.

Timetables

St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.