Berkshire College of Agriculture

Ecology & Conservation Berkshire College of Agriculture Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Royal Agricultural University

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Course summary

  • Set on a stunning 400 acre estate, yet in easy reach of London and the M25, Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) is an established provider of university level courses in land-based studies.

  • With a wide range of on-campus habitats and access to many more, you will study the relationships between organisms, their environment and each other in order to gain sound ecological and conservation knowledge, backed by practical skills and experience of hands-on conservation management.

  • This 2-year FdSc programme also takes full advantage of BCA's outstanding Animal Centre, which houses around 1,200 individual animals from more than 100 species. This superb facility includes a British Wildlife section and is one of only a handful of educational establishments to be awarded a Zoo Licence and BIAZA accreditation.

  • Assessment methods for this Level 5 programme vary between modules and include reports, assignments, essays, presentations, exams, research and a portfolio of evidence.

  • Lecturers are experienced and well qualified to deliver this exciting programme, holding a diverse range of specialisms, enabling students to benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

  • At the end of your foundation degree programme, which is validated by the Royal Agricultural University, you will be equipped with the academic qualification and vocational skills and techniques essential to get you started in a career in ecology or ecological consultancy.

  • The programme also provides a sound academic basis for further progression in graduate and/or professional education.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C297
Institution code B42
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 - 96 points
A level D - A*
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM In relevant science related subjects.
Access to HE Diploma Minimum grade of a Merit is required.

We actively encourage applications from mature students (21+) where accreditation of prior learning is assessed and/or relevant work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications to determine suitability for the course.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6,000 Year 1
EU £6,000 Year 1
England £6,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,000 Year 1
Scotland £6,000 Year 1
Wales £6,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

In addition to the annual Course Fee, students are required to pay an annual facilities fee (currently £95). Students may be be required to contribute to the cost of some external visits or trips: this will be advised in advance and may vary year on year. For practical/field work, students are required to purchase their own PPE and a budget of approximately £100 should be allowed.

Provider information

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Berkshire College of Agriculture
Hall Place
Burchetts Green
Maidenhead
SL6 6QR


Course contact details

Main Contact

01628 827567

Fax: 01628 824695