University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Conservation Science (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

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Please note that Year 0 (Integrated Foundation Year) is taught at our Fusehill Street, Carlisle Campus. Year 1 to Year 3 is taught at our Ambleside Campus. Learn to protect the future of animals and their habitats on a course where the Lake District – one of the UK’s oldest national parks - is your outdoor classroom. Learning and living in this inspiring environment, you’ll be discovering 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. Our foundation year will help you reach the right level for taking the rest of the degree, building a solid foundation of skills from which to expand upon. Why Choose University of Cumbria You’ll 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.

  • We’re the only UK university with a campus within a national park
  • You’ll learn and study conservation where it happens
  • You’ll use cutting edge technology, including species monitoring using environmental DNA analysis and digital mapping technologies – key skills desired by employers
  • You’ll have access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment – including 60 camera traps
  • You have the opportunity to work alongside organisations, such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust
  • Taught by tutors involved in international research, which informs your learning
  • Flexible modules to shape your course towards your intended career path
  • Conduct your own research but you can also get involved in our scientific studies
  • The opportunity to go on an international field trip to learn about conservation issues in the developing world (currently in West Africa)
Our course is designed by experts, who are well-known in the research of animal conservation science. You’ll be taught by academic tutors with years of practical experience working in the field. So, if you want a successful career in wildlife conservation, this course will teach you everything you need to become a professional in the field.

Course details


You will gain a firm foundation in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge from which to progress onto your chosen BSc (Hons) programme whether that be Biology, Zoology, Forensic Science, Conservation Biology or Animal Conservation Science. The second 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.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeD328
Institution code C99
Campus nameCarlisle - Fusehill Street
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 56 - 72 points Must have studied Biology or Applied Science at Level 3
A level CD - DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP - MMP
Access to HE Diploma M: 21 credits P: 24 credits Must be Science based, need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3
Scottish Higher DDDD - CCDD

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
EU £6000 Year 1
International £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Animal Conservation Science (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS