Our Ambleside campus in the Lake District is surrounded by rivers, lakes and coastline. All this on your doorstep will inspire your marine conservation degree studies and prepare you to make a difference to the environmental conservation of our planet. With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there’s never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of marine biology and aquatic conservation. Course Overview On this degree course, you’ll receive a thorough introduction to a range of marine and freshwater environments from upland springs to coastal zones. Once you’ve mastered the fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation we’ll move on to the processes affecting the behaviour and characteristics of aquatic habitats. You’ll also be able to choose from a number of modules to suit your interests so you can tailor your own degree, backed up by laboratory and field-based teaching from research-active tutors to boost your practical and analytical skills. If you choose the ‘with placement’ version of the degree you will also complete a year away from campus, undertaking a UK or international placement; some of our former students have chosen to study in countries including Cambodia, Canada, Mexico and Montenegro. We also offer our students an abundance of conservation volunteering opportunities as well as field trips across the UK and overseas. On this course you will
- Benefit from the only UK marine conservation degree taught inside a national park. This provides you with easy access to charismatic wildlife and diverse and distinctive habitats and ecosystems.
- Be taught by experts in aquatic conservation, each with a wealth of experience in the conservation of marine and freshwater species and their habitats.
- Enjoy small class sizes which allows us to provide a personal approach to teaching and student support.
- Be actively involved in the reintroduction of endangered wildlife species in Cumbria. So you can gain hands-on experience in species reintroduction as part of your conservation degree.
- Study in a vibrant community within the landscape of the English Lake District. This provides amazing recreational opportunities and you will live and breathe conservation.
- Conservation Skills & Practice
- Introduction to Conservation Biology
- Biodiversity 1
- Biodiversity 2
- Introduction to Ecology
- Aquatic Environments
- Biodiversity Monitoring
- Evolution and Biogeography
- Freshwater Ecology
- Research Methods and Data Analysis
- Marine Ecology
- Conservation Genetics (Optional)
- Geographic Information Systems (Optional)
- Valuing the Environment (Optional)
- Management of Aquatic Resources
- Applied Field Studies
- Conservation in Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems
- Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing (Optional)
- Conservation Strategies (Optional)
- Wildlife Management (Optional)
The overarching consideration is to provide assessments which are seen as “for and as learning” rather than simply testing ability and knowledge. The main drivers of this strategy are to: Provide innovative, challenging and stimulating assessment which will enable you to develop the knowledge and professional skills required for employment Be student-centered, flexible and modern Be fully supported by, and integrated with, technological approaches such as the Blackboard virtual learning environment (VLE) and electronic portfolio Impart academic rigour to the teaching and learning processes Support the development of your independence, autonomy and critical self-reflection Support different learners’ needs at different stages of development Within a balanced scheme, summative assessment methods may include: Unseen examinations Open-book examinations and practical tests Laboratory reports Computer-based assessments Problem solving Reports on fieldwork and surveys Critical analysis of case studies Oral, audio-visual and poster presentations Dissertations Research planning Production of a scientific paper Peer and self-
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
GCSE (or equivalent) in English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above is also required.
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