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Course summary

We live in a rapidly changing world. If you feel your purpose in life is to safeguard our environment and you have a desire to share your passion with others, we can help you to achieve your goals. With plenty of hands-on practical management of our stunning 330-hectare campus, this course will provide you with all the industry-focused skills and knowledge you need to ensure you can pursue your passion to make a positive difference to our environment. You will access a mosaic of habitats including native woodland, wetlands, grasslands and wildflower meadows hosting endangered species such as otters, great created newts, stoats, earth stars, great burnet and many more. Flexible study routes, including part-time courses, are ideal if you are looking to change your career or return to education. Course Features:

  • Research projects and fieldwork
  • Enhancing and management of habitats to attract wildlife species
  • Industry placement with local authorities, businesses and organisations
Career Options:
  • Reserves officer/supervisor
  • Conservation officer
  • Ecologist
  • Science officer
  • Nature recovery officer
  • Biodiversity project officer
  • Woodland delivery officer
  • Reserves warden
  • Conservation scientist
  • Peatland conservation officer
  • Environmental consultant
  • People and wildlife officer


Level 4 Ecological Survey & Census Skills Conservation of British Habitats Introduction to Scientific Communication Introduction to the Anthropocene Principles of Environmental Science Evolution and Adaptation Level 5 Modules involve far greater detail and depth of knowledge to reinforce existing knowledge and further enhance key concepts and skills. Research Methods Ecological Restoration Work based learning for the land-based industries (optional) Experiential Learning (optional) Woodland and Wetlands Management Plant and Soil Science Climatology

Assessment method

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and timed online assessments. Coursework may take many forms including essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence. The timed online assessments vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions and short answer quizzes. The balance of assessment by timed online assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 80% coursework 20% timed online assessment Year 2 80% coursework 20% timed online assessment

How to apply

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University Centre Reaseheath
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

It is strongly recommended that students have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination record before starting this course. Reading lists are provided for each module studied and some students chose to purchase key texts. Students will have the option to undertake overseas study for academic credit in year 2 of the programme, or simply participate for experiential purposes. These may include opportunities to undertake conservation field courses within locations such as Southern Africa, South America and the UK. The main emphasis placed on these field courses is the development of professional, industry relevant skills and the application of students’ knowledge in a novel, stimulating, yet challenging environment. Costs associated with the field courses range from £500 – £1000 (UK & Europe), and between £2,200 – £2,800 (South America & Southern Africa). Please note that precise pricing of all field courses is subject to change, pending availability and recruitment. Equipment Costs Pens Pencils Notepad A laptop that is windows compatible A scientific calculator (£10-20) Leaver arch files or equivalent USB memory stick/hard drive or cloud based digital storage space Wellies (£20 min) Protective steel-capped boots (tip: steel capped boots are more comfortable when worn with a pair of thick walking socks) (£20 min) Protective gardening gloves (£5 min) A magnifying x10 hand lens (£5) Waders are recommended but not essential Plenty of warm, waterproof clothing – layers are the best! A copy of ‘Maths Skills for Biologists’- available from the FSC online (£3.75) Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
Environmental Conservation at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS