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Wildlife Conservation

FdSc Wildlife & Conservation

  • 5

    Level
    Level 5

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2020

  • Venue
    Easton College

  • Course Code
    E3016-2

Start Date

  • September 2020

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Summary

This foundation degree provides the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for a future career in Conservation Management; skilled individuals who seek to regulate human impact on certain species or habitats to ensure they are maintained and sustain.

There is a balance between science, management and work-based skills which reflects the needs of the conservation industry. Work-based learning modules will make use of the existing good contacts between the College and local conservation organisations. Fieldwork will be an important component of the Programme and the College has a good range of habitats within its own estate which will complement other local sites of ecological interest.

Modules delivered cover areas such as;

  • Introduction to British Habitat Management
  • Principles of Biology and Genetics
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Countryside Recreation and Outdoor Learning
  • Marine and Coastal Ecology (optional module)

The course is delivered through a variety of activities and events such as practical work, group activities, lectures, workshops, problem solving activities, tutorials, e-learning seminars, external visits and guest speakers. Delivery takes place at college over 2-3 days per week.

Previous experience or qualifications in conservation are desirable, but, not essential.

Each year you will study 120 Credits. These Credits are split into 20 Credits per module for both years of the course. You will undertake 14 hours of study per week and 100 hours of work experience per academic year.

All of Easton’s Degree programmes are validated by UEA, meaning that the quality of the awards you get is assured by a world-renowned Higher Education organisation.

UCAS Code: CD14

Fees: £7,500 per year. Fees will not change for the duration of your enrolment on the degree. In addition, students will be expected to buy their own pair of safety boots for practical work.

Why Our College?

Natural learning space

Our 245-hectare estate provides the perfect learning environment with arable, grassland, woodland, and conservation areas.

Developed with employers

Our courses have been devised with conservation landowners across East Anglia, ensuring you gain the skills needed for your future career.

Expert teachers

Our expert teachers have decades of experience of teaching Countryside Management courses.

Entry Requirements

  • Our typical offer is 64 UCAS tariff points form A levels or equivalent
  • A minimum of GCSE maths, English and science (preferred) grade 4/c or above or National Literacy and Numeracy tests at Level 2 or 3
  • UCAS points from Scottish Highers or Advanced levels are accepted
  • UCAS points from Irish Leaving Certificate or Welsh Baccalaureate are accepted
  • UCAS tariff points from BTEC or City and Guilds diplomas are accepted
  • Open University credits in lieu of A levels
  • Access to HE Diplomas at Pass level with suitable science or land-based credits
  • Mature candidates with life experience in professional or semi-professional work will be considered, if they are able to demonstrate that they will be able to benefit from the course. This will occur through interview and an interview essay task.
  • Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience: If you have achieved a qualification of credits towards a Higher Education programme at another Higher Education Institution you may be able to enter Level 5 or accredit matching modules. Please see our further information on our Credit Transfer/APL/APEL area found under our ‘Prospective Student Information’ section
  • Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. For International students we require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading); the required minimum is IELTS (SELT) 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components). Please contact the Admissions Team for advice and guidance.

Assessment

The course has been designed to provide students with an array of opportunities to display understanding and application of the subject informally (via formative assessments), prior to the formal (summative) assessments that will count towards your final grade. Students will receive valuable feedback from tutors or peers for their formative assessments, but grades will not be provided for this work.

Methods of summative assessments include (but are not limited to) examinations, essays or literature reviews, presentations, posters, portfolios, observed practical work and project reports. The grades from these formal assessments will count towards your final module grade.

Students will receive feedback for their summative assessments via our online system, and we aim to provide this within 21 working days. Feedback will be detailed and tailored, to help students learn and develop their knowledge and performance over the duration of the course.

Progression

Successful candidates may progress onto our BSc (Hons) Land-based Sciences (Ecology Pathway) (subject to meeting entry criteria).

Student may seek top up provision to BSc (Hons) level in similar subjects at other institutions (subject to APL/APEL and/or entry requirements).

Students may also choose to enter employment or graduate internships in a range of industry-based careers such as wildlife rangers/wardens, ecological consultancy, education officers, working with trusts in a variety of positions, research and site development, environmental planning, teaching.