Bournemouth University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
There is a growing demand for professionals with skills in the areas of wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem management. As such this course provides a solid scientific grounding in field study of species, ecological interactions, wildlife conservation, habitats, and landscape processes.
As well as examining the ecological processes themselves, the course looks at the wider social and legal context in which ecological conservation operates. There’s a strong emphasis on fieldwork in the UK and overseas, providing you with multiple opportunities to consolidate your learning through practical application and engage in cutting-edge field research. Plus you’ll have the option to select subjects that match your personal passions and ambitions, and undertake a work placement to broaden your knowledge, experience and career potential.
The opportunity to participate in our annual international field trip is a highlight of this course. In 2017, students visited Costa Rica, where they were involved in conservation projects including endangered species such as sea turtles, coral reefs, cloud forests and volcanoes.
Students have attended placements with the likes of Wildlife Trusts, The National Trust, The Royal Society of the Protection of Birds and Environmental consultancy firms. Graduates have gone on to work in industries from ecology, conservation, environmental management and education.
85% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education, 2018).
You'll study a range of units including diversity of life, ecology, ecological research skills, physical geography, residential field trip, wildlife protection, ecosystems, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, advances skills for conservation and an independent research project along with a number of optional units.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 120 points||104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||112 tariff points (Grade DMM)|
|Access to HE Diploma||102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades|
|Scottish Higher||104 - 120 tariff points from Scottish Highers|
|Extended Project||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 - 31 points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||D*D||104 tariff points (Grade D*D)|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||DMM||112 tariff points (Grade DMM)|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D||104 tariff points (Grade D*D)|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||We accept this qualification, as part of the overall UCAS tariff.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)|
Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|