University of Cumbria has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.
Learn to protect the future of animals and their habitats on our BSc Animal Conservation Science, where the Lake District – one of the UK’s oldest national parks - is your outdoor classroom. Our course has been designed by experts, renowned for their research in animal conservation science. And, we've based it in Ambleside so that you fully benefit from learning and living in this inspiring environment. You'll discover many of the UK’s most iconic and endangered wildlife, diverse habitats, ecosystems and important conservation sites with hands-on research opportunities throughout your studies here. Why Choose University of Cumbria Live, study and research surrounded by rare and endangered species – including ospreys, freshwater pearl mussels, red squirrels and Atlantic salmon - a diverse range of ecosystems and habitats, including Atlantic oak forests (Britain’s own rainforest). Plus, our strong links with animal and wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad, provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects. You'll be based on campus, close to the shores of Windermere, in the Lake District - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and along with the all the idyllic landscapes the area has to offer, you'll have access to excellent facilities, including modern student spaces and even a climbing wall.
- 90% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018)
- We’re the only UK university with a campus within a national park
- The Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA) is based on our Ambleside campus and the research it produces will enhance your learning
- Use cutting edge technology, including species monitoring using environmental DNA analysis and digital mapping technologies – key skills desired by employers
- Access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment – including 60 camera traps
- Opportunities to work alongside organisations, such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust
- Taught by tutors involved in international research, which informs your learning
- Academic tutors have years of practical experience working in the field and they will bring their invaluable first-hand experience to their teaching
- Flexible modules enable you to shape our course towards your intended career path
- Conduct your own research and also get involved in our scientific studies at the university
- Opportunity to go on an international field trip to learn about conservation issues in the developing world (currently in West Africa)
The first year builds knowledge of the world’s biodiversity (including animal and plant identification skills), ecology and the principles and practice of conservation through lectures and field sessions. In the second year, you learn professional-standard survey and research techniques which you put into practice during a fieldwork module, currently delivered in either West Africa or India. You are also introduced to studies of behaviour and genetics in a conservation context and to a range of optional modules, including GIS, and freshwater or marine ecology. Between the second and third taught years there is the option of a year-long academic/vocational placement (you must maintain an Upper Second Class Honours profile to take an academic placement). If you do the three year degree, you may opt for a shorter placement in second year. In the third taught year you undertake a year- long research project; in addition, you choose from a range of specialist modules linking the theor
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 112 points||including Biology at Level 3|
|A level||CCC - BBC|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM - DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 15 credits M: 30 credits||Must be Science based, need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3|
|Scottish Higher||BBCC - ABBB|
GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|