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Lancaster University

Ecology and Conservation (Placement Year)

UCAS Code: C181

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A level grade BB in two sciences from the following; Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

In a science related subject. We require majority of Distinctions in science subjects. Please contact the Admissions Team for further advice.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Including 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including two science subjects at HL grade 6

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

To include sufficient science. We require Distinctions in majority of relevant science units. Please contact the Admissions Team for further advice.

UCAS Tariff

128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2021

Subject

Ecology

Learn how organisms interact with each other and their environment, and discover the impact of human activity in a series of exciting field-based and lab-taught modules. Benefit from support to secure a paid placement enabling you to experience twelve months working in the type of organisation that you might aspire to join when you graduate.

Our renowned researchers deliver an exceptional training programme that provides a thorough grounding in ecological theory and practice, combining lectures, practicals, fieldwork and small-group tutorials. You will gain a deep understanding and hands-on experience of how these principles are applied in the study and conservation of species and the ecosystems in which they live.

Throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to experience a range of exciting fieldwork modules and residential courses. You will explore the Doana National Park, in the south west of Spain, which is home to a plethora of plant and animal species, including the worlds most endangered cat, the Iberian Lynx. You can visit some of the UK's last remaining natural habitats in rural Scotland, and observe a range of animals including red deer, mountain hare, pine marten, osprey and golden eagle; or contribute to an expert-led study of the Rift Valley of Kenya, where you will evaluate the challenge of balancing tropical conversation and human activity.

Your first year will begin with a rounded introduction to ecology and conservation biology. You will participate in the field course in southern Spain, and you will study a series of modules in ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation. You will also take a Placement Preparation module which provides guidance on writing your CV, finding a placement and interview techniques.

Specialisation from the second year onward allows you to choose topics that match your interests. A diverse range of modules will equip you with a range of ecology, conservation biology and practical skills. You can choose from a selection of relevant optional modules such as Evolution and Environmental Physiology, Animal Behaviour, Conservation in Practice and Issues in Conservation Biology and you will carry out an independent research project. You will also take part in a work-based learning module designed to provide guidance and support as you apply for nationally advertised placements and help you gain the most from your placement year.

You will spend your third year on placement, which may be in a science or non-science related position before returning to Lancaster where you will continue in your chosen specialities. The placement offers you the opportunity to work as a full-time employee of the organisation whilst still receiving both academic and pastoral support from the University.

The University will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all placement roles offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills.

If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and would continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year. The University offers a range of shorter placement and internship opportunities for which you would be welcome to apply.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Lancaster University

Department:

Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC)

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
Ecology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ecology

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
C

After graduation


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Ecology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Public services and other associate professionals
10%
Conservation and environment professionals

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