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Course summary

Are you looking to tackle the biodiversity crisis by pursuing a career within the wildlife, ecology and conservation sector? Then this foundation degree is for you. It has been designed to enable you to develop the skills in demand within the sector, opening up a diverse range of employment opportunities. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of species, habitats and ecosystems, as well as their management and how to engage others in your passion for the natural world and its protection. Business and employment elements are included to improve transferable skills and give you a thorough insight into your chosen career path. What will I study? Modules Year 1: Organism Identification Principles of Ecology and Conservation British Wildlife – Ecosystems, Habitats and Species UK Conservation – Policy and Legislation Academic and Professional Skills and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Industry Skills Modules Year 2: Management of Habitats Wildlife Management Human Wildlife Interactions and Public Engagement Field Studies with Data Analysis Independent Project Business Project Management Learning and Teaching Approach This programme is delivered using a variety of teaching and learning approaches. This includes giving you hands-on experiential opportunities in both your academic and professional development. Sessions which deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge feature a strong emphasis on active learning within lectures, seminars, workshops, field work, site visits, case studies, independent learning, formative assessment and guest speaker sessions. All teaching is focused on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance independent learning and your ability to make decisions, problem-solve and manage projects – all skills required in the conservation and ecology sector. The programme utilises excellent onsite resources, offsite visits and extensive industry links for applied aspects essential for your employability skills. Contact Time A typical week on the full-time pathway includes approximately 13 hours a week contact time, incorporating lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. This may vary from week to week depending on field trips and other programme-related activities. You are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (20-30 hours a week). A part-time option is also available. You can expect to receive your timetable during induction week. Work Experience A typical week on the full-time pathway includes approximately 13 hours a week contact time, incorporating lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. This may vary from week to week depending on field trips and other programme-related activities. You are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (20-30 hours a week). A part-time option is also available. You can expect to receive your timetable during induction week. Progression Exciting, fulfilling careers in habitat creation, management and restoration, species conservation, public engagement, ecology and more are available with a range of employers. These include conservation non-government organisations (NGOs), such as the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB, in the UK and abroad; ecological consultancies; conservation contractors; public bodies such as local authorities, the Forestry Commission, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and NatureScot, plus many more.

Modules

Modules Year 1: Organism Identification Principles of Ecology and Conservation British Wildlife – Ecosystems, Habitats and Species UK Conservation – Policy and Legislation Academic and Professional Skills and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Industry Skills Modules Year 2: Management of Habitats Wildlife Management Human Wildlife Interactions and Public Engagement Field Studies with Data Analysis Independent Project Business Project Management


How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

University Centre Bishop Burton and Riseholme college welcome applicants from overseas. You will need to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for your student visa to the UK. You will need to pay your course fees in full prior to a CAS being sent to you. In order for us to process this and for us to comply with our duties as a Sponsor we are required to check other aspects of your application, for example your financial status. For more details please visit www.bishopburton.ac.uk/student-life/international-students

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Life and/or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications. Advanced entry may be possible due to prior experience or certificated learning; applicants will be invited to complete the recognition of prior learning approval process.

Additional entry requirements

Other

GCSE English at grade C/4 or above or equivalent. A suitable reference.


English language requirements

If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5966 Year 1
England £5966 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5966 Year 1
Scotland £5966 Year 1
Wales £5966 Year 1
International £12782 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS