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FdSc

Wildlife Conservation

Course places still available for September 2021

Year Of Entry

2021
  • UCAS code(s): D448 / D450
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 2 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This course will help you to become skilled at conserving the wildlife with which we share the planet and the habitats they live in. You’ll study why animals behave as they do, the habitats in which they live, and how humans can impact upon these for better or worse. This foundation degree takes a more vocational approach to learning than the BSc (Hons) degree, with an increased emphasis on development and learning through practical experiences.

If you have any questions about our Wildlife Conservation course, you can now chat to our experienced lecturers and course leaders through Unibuddy.

Why choose this course?

  • Industry representatives have worked with us to develop this course.
  • You will take part in UK and overseas field trips, putting your knowledge into practice.
  • You'll benefit from learning on our Brackenhurst Campus, an idyllic 200-hectare estate that includes farmland, woodland and wetland, supporting a diverse range of habitats and wildlife right on your doorstep.

Fieldwork

You will have the opportunity to help with projects such as:

  • great crested newt surveying
  • bird ringing
  • small mammal trapping.

Alongside day trips to observe wildlife in the field, you'll spend a week in your final year at a wildlife site in England, looking at the management issues faced there.

We also have facilities such as the Bird Hide and Animal Unit for studying wildlife in natural and constructed habitats.

Which course is right for you?

We offer three conservation degrees, each with a different focus:

  • FdSc Wildlife Conservation (this course) - is more vocational, with greater emphasis on practical and applied skills.
  • BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation - explores behavioural and population ecology (i.e. smaller scale ecology) and has more of a focus on animal species and animal conservation management.
  • BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation - explores community and ecosystem ecology (i.e. larger scale ecology) and has more of a focus on habitats, plants and the habitat requirements of species.

What you'll study

This course provides a scientific foundation combining theory with practical application, enabling you to become skilled at conserving wildlife and their habitats.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Animal Ecology

    Understand the structure and function of a range of animal species, and examine how animals respond to their environment

    Conservation Organisations and Wildlife Issues

    Investigate the role that various organisations play in the conservation of wildlife across the globe. Debate topical wildlife issues such as the relationship between badgers and TB.

    Biodiversity Conservation

    Explore the biological diversity on Earth, focusing on the abundance and distribution of species.  Investigate theories addressing evolution, the causes of mass extinctions, and the conservation of species.

    Principles of Ecology

    Study the interaction of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors in relation to the distribution of populations and communities within ecosystems.

    Ecological Census Techniques

    Study the purpose of, and undertake, ecological surveys, using industry recognised techniques. Learn species identification for a range of taxonomic groups such as birds, plants and invertebrates

    Practical Conservation Skills

    Learn a range of practical wildlife and countryside conservation skills on our Brackenhurst Campus, and on other sites managed by conservation organisations.

  • Year Two

    This is a placement year for students on three-year course.

  • Final year

    Applied Habitat Management

    Study a wide range of natural, semi-natural and man-made habitat types and associated species. Investigate integrated management techniques for multi-use habitats via site-based evaluations

    Conservation Work Experience

    Undertake a short work placement to apply and further develop skills and knowledge within the conservation sector.

    Experimental Design and Analysis

    Cultivate an understanding of research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis, and data presentation. You’ll also learn to plan and conduct scientific studies and to analyse the data collected.

    Wildlife Field Techniques and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

    Develop an understanding of the processes involved in assessing the status of wildlife using a range of field techniques plus data acquisition and processing, particularly through GIS.

    Wildlife Population Biology

    Develop an understanding of wildlife population dynamics and the transmission and control of diseases. Explore the principles of inheritance and how these may be applied within population biology and the management of selective breeding programme

    Law and Policy

    Gain an introduction to the broad range of legal and policy issues that affect those engaged in wildlife conservation and protecting the environment.

How you’re taught

You will learn from a combination of seminars, practicals and project work.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (67%) and written (33%)
  • Year 2 coursework (67%) and written (33%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

A placement year may be taken between year 1 and year 2 of study.

Careers and employability

Your future career

This course will prepare you for a diverse range of wildlife conservation activities.

Our graduates have secured various roles working for companies such as:

  • Natural England;
  • The Wildlife Trusts;
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB);
  • ecological consultancies.

They are working in roles such as:

  • wildlife advisory roles;
  • rangers for zoos, safari parks and nature reserves;
  • wardens for local authorities.

Placement opportunities

Some students opt to take an industrial placement between Year One and Year Two providing them with the opportunity to spend an additional year working in industry. This is an excellent chance to explore an aspect of wildlife conservation that might interest students as a career and at the same time significantly increase employment prospects.

Students have gained valuable experience through recent placements such as:

  • Mauritian Wildlife Conservation (MWF), Mauritius
  • Huay Pakoot Conservation Group, Thailand
  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

95% students agreed that the Library resources have supported their learning well (School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, NSS 2020)

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DDE, including a Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP, including relevant Science modules; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in a Science subject; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

For this course we accept the following Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Zoology and Geography.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

This course does not attract Tier 4 sponsorship.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our International Team for advice.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please note this course is not open to students who require a Tier 4 visa.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which some students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential text books are available both in paper format at the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library, and also in online access format.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK which will contribute towards the cost of travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. There will be a maximum charge of £400 for any overseas residential fieldwork that is compulsory to your course. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee; other non compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered and these will be charged at additional cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas and vaccinations will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), steel-toe-capped boots (for practical sessions), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

International fees and scholarships

For information on international and EU fees and advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees page.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which some students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential text books are available both in paper format at the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library, and also in online access format.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK which will contribute towards the cost of travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. There will be a maximum charge of £400 for any overseas residential fieldwork that is compulsory to your course. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee; other non compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered and these will be charged at additional cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas and vaccinations will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), steel-toe-capped boots (for practical sessions), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

Still need help?

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