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University of Plymouth

Conservation Biology

UCAS Code: C152

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

Entry requirements


112 to 128 UCAS points to include A level Biology/Environmental Science/Environmental Studies and a second relevant subject (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths) at grade C. Exclude General Studies

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pass Access, 45 at Level 3, 33 at Merit/Distinction to include 12 in Biology with Merit, remainder should be in science with Merit or above. Maths and English GCSE at C/4 or above.

Considered in combination

OK to consider points in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

to include 5 @ HL Biology and 5 @ HL in a second relevant science. Maths and English accepted within

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


To include Biology/Environmental and a second relevant science.(Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths) GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/4

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

DDD-DDM

Depending upon subject and modules within

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

112 to 128 UCAS points to include Advanced Highers Biology/Environmental and a second relevant science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths)

UCAS Tariff

112-128

To include A level Biology/Environmental Science/Environmental Studies and a second relevant subject (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths) at grade C. Exclude General Studies

Considered in combination

OK to consider points alongside relevant A Levels

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Biodiversity conservation

Why should we conserve biodiversity? How can we manage and restore habitats? With a hands-on approach, we’ll give you the scientific tools to address these issues, developing your understanding of plant and animal biodiversity in the UK and abroad. Develop your knowledge of key areas such as population ecology, evolutionary processes, behavioural ecology, conservation genetics and habitat management, and prime yourself for a career in ecology, conservation or environmental monitoring.

This programme focuses on conservation in terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments. You will experience two compulsory overseas residential field courses in years one (Spain) and two (Mexico), giving you first-hand experience of a range of ecosystems in other parts of the world. There’s no extra to pay: it’s all included within your tuition fees. You’ll participate in an optional work placement year, giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a real world context.

* Explore the varied natural habitats for fieldwork on our doorstep in Devon and Cornwall.

* Experience two compulsory overseas residential field courses in years 1 (Spain) and 2 (Mexico), giving you first-hand experience of a range of ecosystems in other parts of the world. There’s no extra to pay: it’s all included within your tuition fees.

* Benefit from enthusiastic, committed, and approachable staff whose expertise is endorsed with years of research and work in the private conservational sector - 100 per cent of students said that staff were good at explaining things.

* Benefit from our strong links with local organisations such as Paignton Zoo, the Eden Project, the Devon Wildlife Trust and Dartmoor National Park, along with various countryside management teams.

* Equip yourself with the academic background and skills training for careers in ecology, conservation, environmental monitoring and habitat management.

LABplus is a unique open access laboratory and resource centre designed for students studying science and engineering courses. The lab provides a flexible workspace, computing facilities, specialist software, access to microscopes, microscope cameras and bespoke resources.

* Boost your practical skills using our specialised facilities including controlled environment chambers, experimental glasshouses, and an electron microscopy unit.

Modules

Year 1:

In your first year, you’ll establish a solid foundation in ecology, biodiversity, natural history, taxonomy, genetics, evolution, microbiology, animal and plant physiology, and animal behaviour. You will gain essential practical field skills through local field trips and a residential course in southern Spain. You’ll also begin to develop useful personal and transferable skills through individual and one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor.

Year 2:

You will develop a deeper understanding of animal behaviour, population and community ecology, population genetics, and ecosystem monitoring. You will also tailor your skills ready for the workplace, by specialising through optional modules in aquatic systems or plant-environment interactions. During an overseas field course to Mexico (which is included in your tuition fees), where you will experience a wide range of ecosystems from mangroves to rainforests, you will put these concepts into context, developing your practical and transferable skills,

Final Year:

Your personal research project forms a major part of your final year. Alongside this, you’ll build on advanced skills and concepts in biological disciplines as well as skills in applied conservation biology. You’ll select modules from a range of options including plant biotechnology, environmental policy, global change biology, behavioural ecology, marine vertebrate ecology and conservation and biodiversity, which will prepare you as a conservation biologist ready to enter the workplace.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

36% of assessment is by exam, 60% by coursework and 4% practical assessment

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Biological and Marine Sciences

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.

89%
med
Biodiversity conservation

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 and environmental biology

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
99%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

96%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
99%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Biosciences

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.

£16,800
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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