With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there has never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of aquatic conservation. Our foundation year will build a solid base in scientific, intellectual, investigative skills and knowledge, enabling you to progress onto the BSc Marine and Freshwater degree. Our unique course, created with the guidance of professional environmental consultants and aquatic scientists, enables you to study freshwater and marine conservation together in one degree. Why Choose University of Cumbria Your studies at our Ambleside campus will be unrivalled - we're the only UK university with a campus within a national park and in an UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, forget sporadic, end of term field trips and research, you'll have an abundance of rivers, lakes and coastline on your doorstep to gain plenty of hands-on, practical science throughout every semester.
- Prepared for employment in conservation, environmental and research fields
- Easy access to the waters of the Lake District and coastal ecosystems
- Use of up-to-date facilities in our new laboratories
- Flexibility to customise your learning by selecting modules
- Practical, taxonomic and analytical capabilities ready for a future in science
- Exciting, international field trips and placements
- Great contacts with wildlife, water and conservation organisations to enhance your job prospects
- Taught by tutors involved in international research, which will enhance your learning and keep you up to date
- Small class sizes mean we get to know you well and offer individual support during your studies
- Use of modern learning spaces, lecture theatres and a well-stocked library with many marine and freshwater resources and journals
- Access to excellent on-campus facilities, including a climbing wall and gym at the Ambleside Campus
Foundation year - Compulsory modules: Essential Academic Skills, Essential Professional Development, Working with Data, Applied Practice, Essential Biology, Dynamic Earth. Year one - Compulsory modules: Core Scientific Skills, Introduction to Conservation Biology, Biodiversity I, Biodiversity II, Ecology, Aquatic Environments, Biodiversity Monitoring - Qualificatory Practice Unit. Year two - Compulsory modules: Biodiversity Monitoring, Research Methods & Data Analysis, Freshwater Ecology, Marine Ecology, Evolution & Biogeography. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Conservation Genetics, Geographic Information Systems, Animal Behaviour, Marine Biodiversity Assessments Techniques, Conservation Policy, Practice & Philosophy, Applied Field Studies - Qualificatory Practice Unit. Students with placements: Qualificatory Practice Unit: Academic/Vocational Placement. Year three - Compulsory modules: Dissertation, Management of Aquatic Resources, Conservation in Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Fisheries & Aquaculture, Conservation & Society, Behavioural Ecology, Genetic Applications for Conservation, Applied Field Studies, Developing Marine Biodiversity Assessments, Wildlife Management, Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4. If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.
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Fees and funding
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