University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Interested in a career in forestry? Then our FdSc course is the qualification for you. You will receive a thorough introduction into the forestry profession combined with an optional work experience element, so you gain all the academic and practical know-how to work in a truly worthwhile and rewarding sector. Our work experience option offers a chance to experience more hands-on forestry work, putting the knowledge you develop during your studies into a real-world context. And, from our campus in Ambleside, you will have the opportunity to study in woodlands managed for conservation, timber production and social benefits - all within easy access of the campus. All of our courses are validated and endorsed by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and on completion of the FdSc, you'll have the opportunity to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Forestry (top-up) course. This course is ideally located to explore and practice the management of forests, with the National School of Forestry based on our inspirational Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District. You’ll receive a thorough introduction to the forestry profession combined with a work-experience option to back up your theoretical knowledge. Our four week work experience offers you a fantastic chance to gain more hands-on forestry work in a real-life context, whilst on campus you’ll have access on your doorstep to study in woodlands managed for timber, conservation and social benefits. The skills you develop will see you go on to a rewarding career in forestry both in the UK and potentially internationally. You’ll have the qualifications necessary to progress to the top-up BSc (Hons) ) Forestry degree should you wish to take your studies further. You will study the sustainable management of forests and woodlands for commercial, social benefits and conservation management.

  • Year 1 will develop a good grounding in the underlying principles and practice of forest and woodland management. Modules you will study include Measuring Trees and Forests, Silviculture, Wood Utilisation and Processing and Woodland Ecology.
  • Year 2 you will build on this foundation developing your skills further, for example you will create a forest design plan and you'll be taught important new subjects, such as Forest Health and Protection, GIS and People and Forests.
Between year 1 and 2 you will have the option to obtain 4 weeks of work experience. Why Choose University of Cumbria
  • You will study professional forestry at our National School of Forestry in the iconic Lake District National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • We have more than 50 years' experience educating and training professional and award-winning foresters
  • Experience hands-on forestry frequently, thanks to our practical-focused approach
  • Use the latest forestry technology, such as Geographical Information Systems, to enhance your employability
  • Learn from academic tutors who have worked as professional foresters
  • Our tutors are involved in conducting ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning
  • Our excellent links with the Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) and many other forestry organisations help provide the opportunity to develop your professional networks
If you want a rewarding career in a sector, which is important for biodiversity, society, climate change and the economy, then this professional course at the National School of Forestry will set you on the path to success.

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: Introduction to Managing Trees, Woods and Forests, Measuring Trees and Forests, Silviculture 1, Ecology, Forest Operations and Industry, Professional Development, Forest Skills. Year two - Compulsory modules: Silviculture 2, Geographic Information Systems, Forest Design Planning, Forest Policy and Governance, Forest Health and Protection, Work Placement, Work Experience. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Research Methods and Data Analysis, Recreation in Woodlands. Foundation degree students must complete a period of work experience to gain their qualification. There are two options - a period of 33 weeks or more ideally taken between years one and two, or a shorter period of work experience ideally taken during the summer between years one and two.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Maths at C/4

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

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Forestry at University of Cumbria - UCAS