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Animal Conservation Science (with Sandwich Year)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Must be Science based, need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

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Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-112

including Biology at Level 3

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Biodiversity conservation

Animal behaviour

Learn to protect the future of animals and their habitats on our BSc Animal Conservation Science, where the Lake District - one of the UK's oldest national parks - is your outdoor classroom.

Our course has been designed by experts, renowned for their research in animal conservation science and we are based in Ambleside so that you fully benefit from learning and living in this inspiring environment. You will discover many of the UK's most iconic and endangered wildlife species, diverse habitats, ecosystems and important conservation sites with hands-on research opportunities throughout your studies here.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**
Live, study and research surrounded by rare and endangered species and a diverse range of ecosystems and habitats, including Atlantic oak forests.

The "with Sandwich Placement" version gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in the conservation sector as part of your degree. Our strong links with wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad provide you with excellent placement opportunities.

Your campus is based close to the shores of Windermere, in the Lake District - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have access to iconic landscapes and excellent facilities, including modern student spaces, state-of-the-art laboratories, a gym and a climbing wall.

- 100% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019)

- We are the only UK university with a campus within a national park

- The Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas is based on our Ambleside campus and the research it produces will enhance your learning

- You will be trained in cutting-edge technology, including species monitoring using environmental DNA and digital mapping technologies

- Access to new laboratories and excellent up-to-date equipment including 60 camera traps and a research boat

- Opportunities to work alongside organisations, such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust

- You will be taught by a team involved in international research, which will inform your learning and provide opportunities to get involved

- The teachers have years of practical experience working in the field and they will bring their invaluable first-hand experience to their teaching

- Flexible modules enable you to shape our course towards your intended career path

- Conduct your own research and get involved in scientific studies

- Opportunity to go on an international field trip

If you want a start a successful career in wildlife conservation, our course will teach you everything you need to earn a great degree and become a professional in the field.

We examine the theory and practice of animal conservation science by studying ecology, threats to biodiversity, animal behaviour, conservation genetics, wildlife management and behavioural ecology.

Year 1 (Ambleside) - You will build knowledge of the world's biodiversity (including animal and plant identification skills), ecology and the principles and practice of conservation through lectures and field sessions.

Year 2 (Ambleside) - You will learn professional-standard survey and research techniques and put these into practice during a fieldwork module, which you can take in the UK or abroad. You are also introduced to studies of behaviour and genetics in a conservation context and to a range of optional modules, including GIS, and environmental change biology.

Year 3 (on placement) - You complete 7 months of practical conservation work or conservation research working with a conservation organisation or research group in the UK or abroad.

Year 4 (Ambleside) - You undertake a year-long research project and receive training in the behavioural ecology of animals and wildlife management. Additionally, you choose from a range of specialist modules linking the theory and practice of animal conservation science. These include conservation strategies, contemporary issues in conservation, and advanced GIS and remote sensing.

Modules

Year one - Compulsory modules:

Core Scientific Skills,
Introduction to Conservation Biology,
Conservation Practice,
Biodiversity I,
Biodiversity II,
Ecology,
Biodiversity Monitoring - Qualificatory Practice Unit,
Year two - Compulsory modules:

Research Methods and Data Analysis,
Biodiversity Monitoring,
Evolution and Biogeography,
Animal Behaviour,
Conservation Genetics.
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand):

Geographic Information System,
Freshwater Ecology,
Marine Ecology,
Marine Biodiversity Assessments,
Year three - Compulsory modules:

Dissertation,
Behavioural Ecology,
Applied Field Studies.
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand):

Conservation Strategies,
Developing Marine Biodiversity Assessments,
Conservation in Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems,
Genetic Applications for Conservation,
Behavioural Applications for Conservation,
Wildlife Management,
Advanced Geographic Information Science,
Remote Sensing.

Year four - Qualificatory Practice Unit: Academic/Vocational Placement:

The aim of the placement is to give you a rounded view of all aspects of the work of a conservation organisation, not just the fun ones. During the placement your knowledge and confidence should grow enabling employers to employ you in different roles and with increasing responsibility as the year progresses.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Ambleside

Department:

Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

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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.

81%
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

64%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
62%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

Animal behaviour

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
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.

Biological and sport sciences

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sports and fitness occupations
19%
Therapy professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Agriculture, food and related studies

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.

93%
low
Employed or in further education
54%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Conservation and environmental associate professionals
10%
Managers and proprietors in agriculture related services

These stats refer to the prospects for graduates from both general animal studies courses and those for particular animals (such as equine science). Graduates don't generally get jobs as vets when they graduate; much the most common jobs tend to be roles caring for animals, such as veterinary nurses. Some of these jobs are not currently classified as professional level occupations, but in reality, you need a degree to get these jobs (and probably always have done), and graduates in them report that they got the jobs that they wanted. So the stats you see might not completely represent just how useful these degrees are for getting into animal care careers.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Agriculture, food and related studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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