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Wildlife Conservation FdSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): D448; D450
  • Start Date(s): October 2022
  • Duration: Two years full-time / three years with a placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

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.

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.
  • 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. We also have facilities such as the Bird Hide and Animal Unit for studying wildlife in natural and constructed habitats.
  • Industry representatives have worked with us to develop this course.
  • You'll get the chance to volunteer with extra projects, such as surveying great crested newts, ringing birds and trapping small mammals on campus.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Our current students and recent graduates tell you all about their time at NTU and what they've gone on to do next.

Student Profiles

Danielle Moore

Wildlife Conservation

If you are interested in researching how animals and habitats are conserved and the practical side to managing a site for conservation, then this course is everything you will need to get you into the field.

Genevieve-Bailey

Wildlife Conservation

This course provides you with the experience and employment skills needed to get your foot in the door."

Joel Ireland

Wildlife Conservation

After graduating from NTU, I was lucky enough to secure a twelve-month contract with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

Jennifer Slade

Wildlife Conservation

The practical elements of the course, and many field trips aided skill, confidence and friendship building between course members.

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How you’re taught

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

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (68%), and placement (8%)

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

Staff Profiles

Adam Bates

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr Adam Bates is a senior Lecturer in the environment group in the School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences and an active researcher in a variety of areas including

Dr Anna Champneys

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr Anna Champneys is a senior lecturer in wildlife conservation and animal behaviour. Her current modules are Biodiversity Conservation, Behaviour and Dissertation. Her research interests include: distribution, habitat selection and…

Mathew Edwards

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Mathew Edwards

Esther Kettel

Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Helen Hicks

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr Hicks is a Lecturer in Environmental Sciences in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Brackenhurst. She believes strongly in research informed teaching and is particularly committed

Antonio Uzal

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Antonio Uzal FHEA MCIEEM. Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation.

Richard Yarnell

Associate Professor

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Richard Yarnell (Dr)

Louise Gentle

Principal Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr Louise Gentle

Iain Barber

Deputy Dean

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

In his role as Deputy Dean of the School of Animal Rural and Environmental Sciences (ARES), Professor Barber takes responsibility for the development and delivery of learning and teaching strategy…

How you’re assessed

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

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.

Campus and facilities

You will be studying in the ideal environment for Wildlife Conservation. Brackenhurst Campus is a 200-hectare estate with:

  • farmland
  • woodland
  • wetland
  • a diverse range of habitats and wildlife species.

Student research

  • Conservation students are involved in tracking, mapping and recording a wide variety of species at Brackenhurst.
  • These have included hedgehogs, badgers and roe deer.
  • Many of the techniques learnt at Brackenhurst with native species have been transferred to global research projects on wolves, hyenas and vultures.

A wildlife haven

Not only are you surrounded by beautiful countryside at Brackenhurst, but the estate is also home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Here are just some of the species you might be lucky enough to spot here:

  • badger
  • bats
  • barn owl
  • tawny owl
  • little owl
  • merlin
  • sparrow hawk
  • buzzard
  • hobby
  • kestrel
  • red kite
  • peregrine falcon
  • yellow hammer
  • tree sparrow
  • house sparrow
  • bullfinch
  • great crested newt
  • smooth newt
  • wood mouse
  • field vole
  • bank vole
  • hare

and many more.

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?

  • 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.

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

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office.

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.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Mode of study

International tuition fee

Full-time

£15,600

Full-time with placement

£15,600 + £1,385 (placement year)

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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.

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.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

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

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  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.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Advice on writing a good personal statement

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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