University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forest Management (with Sandwich Year)

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Course summary

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Course Overview Want a career as a professional forest manager? Then, our degree - the only professional forestry BSc (Hons) in England is the qualification for you. Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the forestry sector's professional body, the course will teach you about the management of forests and woodlands for commercial, recreation and conservation objectives. Our four-year 'with sandwich-year route' gives you the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement between your second and third year to get real-world experience in the forestry sector, enhancing your opportunities for employment. Our National School of Forestry, based in the iconic Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the ideal place to explore the science and practice of managing forests. You'll live and learn on our friendly Ambleside campus, the only university campus in a national park, and also home to the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas. You'll also benefit from the practical forestry management experience of our tutors and their high-quality applied research that informs our teaching, your learning and aims to bring about positive change in the natural world. And, thanks to our excellent links with forestry organisations, we have a strong graduate employment record too.

  • Year 1 You’ll get a good grounding in the underlying principles and practice of forest and woodland management. Modules include those on forest measurement, silviculture, wood utilisation and processing and woodland ecology.
  • Year 2 You’ll build on this foundation developing your skills further, for example, you’ll develop greater skills in geographical information systems, learn more about managing forest operations and you will be taught important new subjects, such as forest health, people and forests and forest policy. You will also be taught research methods to prepare you for your dissertation.
  • Year 3 You’ll write a full forest management plan, conduct research on a topic of your choice, develop a business idea and take several optional modules that align to your interests
Why Choose University of Cumbria
  • From our campus in Ambleside, you’ll have the unique opportunity to study in woodlands managed for timber production, conservation and recreation.
  • The course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), the forestry sector professional body, and has been awarded the maximum points available
  • We have more than 50 years educating and training professional and award-winning foresters
  • Experience hands-on forestry frequently, thanks to our practical-focused approach
  • Use the latest technology such as GIS, remote sensing and drones during your studies
  • Taught by tutors who have worked as professional foresters and bring their first-hand experience to their teaching
  • Tutors are involved in conducting ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning
  • Small class sizes mean you’ll get personal tutor guidance and support throughout your studies
  • We have excellent links with organisations in the sector such as The Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and others, which boosts your networking and employment prospects
  • Forestry employers contact us to fill vacancies for professional forestry posts
  • Opportunities to gain achievement awards from a variety of forestry organisations
  • In 2018-19 our students were 100% satisfied overall with the course in the National Student Survey
Ambleside, close to the shores of Windermere, is a great place to live with access to the recreational opportunities afforded by the Lake District National Park. While on campus you have access to modern research and teaching labs, lecture and seminar rooms, IT facilities and a library with a broad range of up-to-date digital and hard-copy resources.

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: Introduction to Managing Trees, Woods and Forests, Measuring Trees and Forests, Silviculture 1, Ecology, Forest Operations and Industry, Professional Development, Forest Skills. Year two - Compulsory modules: Silviculture 2, Research Methods and Data Analysis, Geographic Information Systems, Forest Design Planning, Forest Policy and Governance, Forest Health and Protection, Work Placement, Work Experience. Year three - Compulsory modules: Dissertation, Forest Management Planning, Business Skills. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Woodland Ecology and Conservation, Advanced Geographic Information Science, Remote Sensing, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Forest Carbon Management, Ecosystem Services, Urban Forestry and Arboriculture.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeD504
Institution code C99
Campus nameAmbleside
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points
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 pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3
Scottish Higher BBCC - ABBB

GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above

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 £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Forest Management (with Sandwich Year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS