FdSc

Wildlife Conservation

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  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: October 2018
  • Course duration: Two years full-time / three years with a placement

This course offers the opportunity to study the scientific principles of animal function and behaviour and to apply wildlife surveying and monitoring skills. You will experience conservation management at first hand using the diverse habitats at Brackenhurst Campus.

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.
  • 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.

What you'll study

Throughout this course 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. You'll also look at the theory behind why we conserve wildlife as well as experiencing conservation management techniques first hand.

  • Year One

    Behaviour

    Study patterns of behaviour and the reasons why animals behave as they do, both in the wild and in captivity. Topics covered include learning, sexual behaviour, communication, aggression, social structure, resource acquisition, and behaviour in captive and natural environments.

    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 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.

    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 on other 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 associated species. 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 a research project assessing a species or habitat of your choice. You will also put together a management plan applying analytical techniques used in geographical information systems (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 programmes.

    Wildlife 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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.

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.

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