FdSc

Wildlife Conservation: Countryside Management

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  • UCAS code(s): D448 / D450
  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: October
  • Course duration: Two years full-time or three years with a placement

This course will help you to become skilled at preserving the wildlife with which we share the planet. You will develop wildlife surveying and monitoring skills, experience conservation management at first hand and explore human and land management impacts.

On successful and satisfactory completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress on to our one-year BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Management (top-up) course. This means you can obtain a full honours degree in just three years.

Why choose this course?

The degree takes a more vocational approach to learning than the BSc (Hons) degree. It puts more emphasis on your development and learning through practical experiences. You will apply your knowledge to various wildlife conservation situations around the picturesque Brackenhurst estate, which is an ideal learning environment for this course.

  • Industry representatives have worked with us to develop this course.
  • Students who are achieving a high academic standard may progress from the foundation degree to the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation.
  • You will take part in UK and overseas field trips, putting your knowledge into practice.

Fieldwork

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

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

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

Please note that this course is a pathway option of FdSc Wildlife Conservation.

What you'll study

This course allows you to specialise in your second year of study and follow a pathway looking at human and land management impacts.

  • Year One

    Conservation Organisations and Wildlife Issues

    Investigate the roles and responsibilities of UK and global organisations in dealing with current wildlife conservation issues.

    Biodiversity and Ecology

    Explore the biological diversity on Earth, studying the interaction of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors and how these influence the abundance and distribution of populations and communities within ecosystems.

    Landscapes and Land Use

    Relate landscape evolution to the influences of human activity past, present and future. You will examine the values, opinions and policy aims of different stakeholders in the countryside, and look at contemporary issues that may affect rural and urban areas.

    Ecological Census Techniques

    Learn a range of common survey techniques typically utilised by ecological or environmental consultants and wildlife conservationists through on and off-site surveying sessions.

    Skills for Scientists

    Develop your skills in scientific writing and communication along with practical laboratory skills. Learn appropriate techniques and specialisms such as geographical information systems (GIS).

    Practical Conservation Skills

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

  • Year Two

    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 the species associated with them. Investigate integrated management techniques for multi-use habitats via site-based evaluations.

    Conservation Work Experience

    Undertake a short work placement within the conservation sector.

    Introduction to Research

    Cultivate an understanding of research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis, and data presentation.

    Integrated Project

    Carry out your own research project, under supervision. Survey and assess a species or habitat of your choice and formulate a management plan.

    Ecotourism and Recreation

    Explore the importance and value of recreational provision and the challenge this presents to land-use priorities such as habitat and wildlife protection. Evaluate national policy and site management objectives.

    Environmental Law and Policy

    Investigate the development, implementation and impact of environmental policies and laws. Explore the important theme of protecting the environment via environmental politics and policies and the ever-increasing issue of securing sustainability.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

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

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
  • Year 2 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).

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 (29%), independent study (71%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%) and placements (0%).

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

Careers and employability

Your career development

This course will prepare you for a diverse range of wildlife conservation and countryside management 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.

Excellent 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.

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.

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

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

The UCAS Tariff

We've created a UCAS Tariff calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

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

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

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 contact our International Team for advice.

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.

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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.

Further information on how to apply

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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

What do the course fees cover?

Mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most 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 textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable.  Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at additional cost to students.

All students will also be expected to provide their own walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

Students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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.

What do the course fees cover?

Mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most 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 textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable.  Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at additional cost to students.

All students will also be expected to provide their own walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

Students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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