University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Environmental Science with Integrated Foundation Year

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Course summary

We only have one planet. Our number one challenge is to work out how we can live within the boundaries this presents while ensuring the health and wellbeing of the 8.7 million species that cohabit with us. Our Environmental Science foundation degree is designed to equip you with the basic scientific knowledge and skills needed to develop as an environmental practitioner. You will explore Biology, Chemistry, Human Ecology to Toxicology, Public Health, and more. COURSE OVERVIEW Our programme is purpose built for the modern environmental scientist and centred around the learner as the 'environmental practitioner'. During your integrated foundation year, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key scientific and social science principles of Biology, Chemistry, Human Ecology to Toxicology, Public Health, Epidemiology and Parasitology. The foundation year has a strong practical focus with laboratory and field work throughout including a residential field trip and a multi-year practical monitoring exercise. As such, you will gain a solid foundation in laboratory and field skills in four subject-specific modules, Essential Biology, Essential Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Scientific Investigation. This route offers a unique opportunity for developing the academic and study skills needed to progress onto the main degree. ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL...

  • Be equipped you with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the environment around you, contemporary environmental problems, and technological, socio-economic solutions, and wider scientific concepts.
  • Develop as an ‘environmental practitioner’, gaining the employment skills needed to pursue an exciting environmental career or further academic study.
  • Benefit from field and laboratory work embedded throughout, blending theory with practice to develop the applied knowledge and understanding needed as an environmental practitioner.
  • Enjoy easy access to environments local to Carlisle and Cumbria providing a unique blend of urban, rural, protected, and designated sites to explore. Experience the diversity of environmental challenges first-hand.
  • Take part in a large-scale, problem-based practical project where you will work with a team to develop your project management and leadership skills, as well as synthesising knowledge, in a practical and data driven setting.
  • Take part in residential field studies, an intensive period of emersion in environmental study which provides the opportunity for you to explore different cultural and contextual perspectives and environmental challenges.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Our programme is purpose built for the modern environmental scientist and centred around the learner as the 'environmental practitioner'. You will develop an understanding of the science of the environment, contemporary environmental issues, and sustainable solutions to current and future environmental challenges. Year One
  • Essential University Skills 1
  • Essential Biology
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Essential University Skills 2
  • Essential Chemistry
  • Environmental Sciences
Year Two
  • Earth Origins
  • Terrestrial Systems
  • Aquatic Systems
  • Atmospheric Systems
  • Ecology and the Environment
  • Environmental Practice
Year Three
  • Exploring Contemporary Environmental Challenges
  • Pollution and Monitoring
  • Natural Resource Use
  • Environmental Legislation and Regulation
  • Exploring Research
  • Environmental Assessment
Year Four
  • Managing Waste and Pollution
  • Energy and Water Resource Sustainability
  • Land Use and Biodiversity Conservation
  • Environmental Management and Solutions
  • Dissertation

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
D400
Institution code:
C99
Campus name:
Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Campus code:
F

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6125 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6125 Year 1
Scotland £6125 Year 1
Wales £6125 Year 1
International £8565 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Environmental Science with Integrated Foundation Year at University of Cumbria - UCAS