University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Sandwich placement)

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Course summary

On this degree course, you’ll be living and studying at our inspirational Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District National Park – the ideal location to appreciate and value the conservation and ecology of woodlands. Course overview The Woodland Ecology and Conservation programme has been designed to prepare you to be a new kind of graduate, one that the world desperately needs to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This degree will provide you with the ecological knowledge that underpins modern sustainable forest management. Graduates are able to manage trees, woods and forests to protect biodiversity and optimise the delivery of benefits to human society directly through timber production and space for recreation, but also to apply knowledge of essential ecosystem services; carbon, nutrient and water cycling, flood and erosion control amongst others. Graduates in Woodland Ecology and Conservation are equipped to contribute solutions to the twin environmental challenges of our times: climate change and biodiversity loss. As an undergraduate in Woodland Ecology and Conservation at the University of Cumbria, you will learn how to sustainably manage trees, woods and forests at our National School of Forestry. Throughout the course, hands-on experience will back up the theory from ancient woodlands through to commercial forests, residential study tours to the upland and lowland habitats. There will also be an opportunity to take a one-year work placement in a related profession, bolstering your confidence and putting your knowledge into practice in the real world. You’ll be living and studying in the ideal location to appreciate and value the conservation and ecology of woodlands, with the National School of Forestry based on our inspirational Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District. You will also have the opportunity to take a one-year work placement in a profession related to woodland ecology and conservation, bolstering your confidence and putting your knowledge into practice. On this course you will

  • Have easy access to local woodlands giving you the chance to explore different forest types and the ecosystems they support.
  • Benefit from great opportunities for paid placements and graduate job prospects thanks to our links with organisations like the Royal Forestry Society and Woodland Trust.
  • Learn from tutors with field experience, who conduct ground-breaking, international research that will inform your studies.
  • Appreciate the role of global forests in climate change mitigation and the greatest threats to their conservation.
What you will learn Develop your knowledge and skills around forest management. This degree programme will increase your understanding of the physical, biological, economic and sociological principles and processes that underpin forestry. Furthermore, you will develop this understanding in the field with a one-year placement opportunity found through one of our partners. You will learn to apply such principles and processes to the sustainable management of woodland multiple goods and ecosystem services (for example, , protection of soil and water, and recreation, and support of a diversity of threatened plants and wildlife). You will critically assess contemporary issues in woodland conservation such as rewilding and species reintroductions. Our programme will allow you to explore the commercial, social and environmental contexts in which forestry is practised and the consequences of forestry for the rural economy, society and the environment. You will learn how to conduct research monitoring changes in forest condition, health and carbon capture, as well as acquiring skills at describing tree and forest types and the ecological systems and processes that they support.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
D502
Institution code:
C99
Campus name:
Ambleside
Campus code:
A

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Maths at grade C/4


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
95%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
100%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be charged a reduce fee of £1650.
Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Sandwich placement) at University of Cumbria - UCAS