University Centre Reaseheath

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chester

Wildlife Conservation and Ecology (including a Foundation Year)

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Course summary

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. The foundation year allows you to build your confidence and the skills and knowledge required to progress on to study the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology. This first year focuses on developing a broad underpinning knowledge in themes such as environmental science, animal husbandry and management, and animal biology. Once you have progressed onto your second year, you will develop essential knowledge and skills in wildlife conservation, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, with an emphasis on practical experience whilst in your third year, you will 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. Your final year will further develop your critical thinking skills and deepen your knowledge in areas of conservation and ecology, and will include a research dissertation on a topic of your interest. 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
  • Conservation science research
  • Ecological/environmental consultancy
  • Wildlife/conservation management
  • Conservation charities
  • Conservation ecotourism
  • Conservation education
  • Progress to MSc or PhD study


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 Level 4 • Conservation Biology and Biodiversity • Ecological Survey and Census Skills • Conservation of British Habitats • Introduction to Scientific Communication • Evolution & Adaptation • Wildlife Ecology Level 5 • Research Methods • Principles of Ecological Restoration • Animal Ecophysiology • Behavioural Ecology*1 • Technological Advancements in Conservation*1 • Ecological Assessment, Impact Mitigation & Enhancement*2 • Wildlife Health and Rehabilitation*2 • Experiential Learning*3 • Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries*3 *Denotes optional modules. The number corresponds to the combination for selection. 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. † Dissertation is a double-weighted module, worth 40 credits. Therefore, only five modules are selected for study at Level 6 (Year 3).

Assessment method

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and professional skills highly sought after in industry. Assessments 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 and practical competency assessments. 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 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: Foundation Year 85% coursework 15% timed online assessments Level 4 54.5% coursework 45.5% timed online assessments Level 5 85% coursework 15% timed online assessments Level 6 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:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13000 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students will be offered the chance to engage in both domestic and overseas learning opportunities with which to enhance their classroom-based learning experience. Here, 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 South Africa, Central 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 – £1200 (UK), and between £2,200 – £3,000 (Central America & South 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 * Leaver arch files or equivalent * USB memory stick/hard drive or cloud based digital storage space * Wellies (£20 min) * Protective steel-capped boots/walking 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) * Plenty of warm, waterproof clothing – layers are the best! * A pair of binoculars Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
Wildlife Conservation and Ecology (including a Foundation Year) at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS