Bournemouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

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Course summary

TEF Silver

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There’s a growing demand for professionals with skills in wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management. This course will give you a solid scientific grounding in the science of ecology and how it can be used to conserve species.

  • Learn from expert academics, professional practitioners and guest speakers who will guide you through the wider social and legal context in which ecological conservation operates.
  • Gain practical experience with opportunities for fieldwork in a fantastic variety of local habitats including forests, meadows, heaths and maritime environments.
  • Undertake a 5-week placement in your first year as well as an additional 5-week or 30-week placement in your third year.
  • Select subjects that match your personal passions and ambitions as the course has a wide range of options units.
  • Engage in our many staff research collaborations with conservation organisation.
  • Be part of a thriving network of staff, students and professional practitioners working together for wildlife conservation.
Our students work in partnership with our staff to co-create featured projects, collaborating with professional practitioners and participating in individual placement opportunities. Take a look at our Co-creating Science webpage to find out about the exciting projects, work placements and final year dissertations our students get involved in, including moose behaviour in Norway, Madagascan rainforests, and chimpanzees in Tanzania to name just a few.

Course details

Modules

You'll study a range of units including diversity of life, ecology, ecological research skills, physical geography, residential field trip, wildlife protection, ecosystems, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, advances skills for conservation and an independent research project along with a number of optional units.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

AccessBU: AccessBU provides you with the opportunity to tell us about your circumstances that are not always evident in your UCAS application. This widening access initiative also considers relevant criteria such as being in care or if you live in an area with a low participation rate in Higher Education - if you are eligible, your offer could be up to 16 UCAS tariff points below the published tariff. Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry. If you have already submitted your application, you can request a deferral by contacting our Admissions Team. Direct entry: We welcome applications from students who have previously studied at degree level at other institutions and wish to transfer onto a BU course. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure enables credit awarded from one institution to contribute to a BU award, subject to an application process. Please contact our Future Students Enquiry Team for more information. Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
86%
Student satisfaction
65%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850. Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details.
Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at Bournemouth University - UCAS