Is your ambition to undertake meaningful conservation work to protect our wildlife and our environment for years to come? This course includes a broad range of specialist modules and practical opportunities to gain the essential industry skills and knowledge, with which to effectively conserve species, habitats and biodiversity both in the UK and overseas. Through your studies, you will address a range of topics such as wildlife ecology, conservation biology, evolution and adaptation, ecological survey skills and species identification and principles of ecological restoration. Combined with dedicated practical work, using our campus laboratories, the wider Reaseheath estate and servicing our community conservation work, you will develop a broad range of transferable knowledge, skills and competencies for future application in the conservation science and ecology sectors. Year 2 (Level 5) sees a shift in emphasis to more academic and research-informed study, including themes in population management, ecological restoration, wildlife rehabilitation, and environmental impact and mitigation. A work placement within a relevant field of industry or an international field course is also available to study for academic credit at this level. Course Features: · Surveying techniques · Species identification · Evolutionary biology · Conservation biology and biodiversity · Restoration ecology · Environmental assessment and impact mitigation · Access to a diverse rural green space across the campus · Field course opportunities to South Africa, Costa Rica and South West UK
Foundation Year • Academic Skills for the Animal Sciences • Introduction to Environmental Science • Introduction to Data Handling & Analysis • Practical Skills in Animal Husbandry • Scientific Principles in the Animal Sciences • Animal Form and Function Year 1 (Level 4) • Conservation Biology and Biodiversity • Ecological Survey and Census Skills • Conservation of British Habitats • Scientific Data Collection & Analysis • Evolution & Adaptation • Wildlife Ecology Year 2 (Level 5) • Research Methods • Principles of Ecological Restoration • Wildlife Health and Rehabilitation*2 • Behavioural Ecology*1 • Technological Advancements in Conservation*1 • Ecological Assessment, Impact Mitigation & Enhancement*2 • Animal Ecophysiology • Experiential Learning*3 • Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries*3 *Denotes optional modules. The number corresponds to the combination for selection. Year 3 (Level 6) • Applied Issues in Wildlife Conservation • Environmental Sustainability & Natural Resource Management • Dissertation† • Biology & Conservation of Mammals*1 • Biology & Conservation of Birds*1 • Biology & Conservation of Herpetofauna*1 • Conservation Education*2 • Applications of Animal Behaviour for Conservation*2 • Anthrozoology*2
- Denotes optional modules. The number corresponds to the combination for selection.
Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and professional skills highly sought after in industry. Assessments include a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in class examinations. The balance of assessment by examination and 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 85% coursework 15% written exams Year 2 54.5% coursework 45.5% written/practical exams Year 3 85% coursework 15% written/practical exams Year 4 75% coursework 25% written/practical exams
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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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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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
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