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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

T Level

P-M

The Science T-level is accepted on this programme.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

including Biology at Level 3

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Animal behaviour

Biodiversity conservation

You’re passionate, engaged and want to protect animals and their habitats. We are here to help, with a course designed by researchers renowned for their expertise in the science of wildlife conservation.

The Sandwich Placement allows you to gain practical experience in conservation management and research in the UK or abroad during your 3rd year.

You will live, learn and study in the Lake District surrounded by rare and charismatic species – including ospreys, red and roe deer, otters, red squirrels and Atlantic salmon – in a diverse range of ecosystems and habitats, including Atlantic oak woodlands (Britain’s own rainforest). Here at our Ambleside campus, you will have access to new laboratories and excellent equipment including camera traps, to help you in your studies. Optional modules will enable you to customise your course to ensure it gives you the skills you need for your chosen career. You will be able to get involved in conservation research and to go on an international field trip to learn about wildlife conservation in less-developed countries. Our strong links with wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad, provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects.

**On this course you will...**

- UoC offers the only UK conservation degrees taught inside a national park. This provides you with easy access to charismatic wildlife and diverse and distinctive habitats and ecosystems.

- The course was designed and is taught by experts in wildlife conservation, each with a strong research portfolio in the conservation of animal species and their habitats.

- Class sizes are small which allows us to provide a personal approach to teaching and student support.

- The Conservation Team is actively involved in the reintroduction of endangered wildlife species in Cumbria. So you can gain hands-on experience in species reintroduction as part of your degree.

- You will study in a vibrant community within the landscape of the English Lake District. This provides amazing recreational opportunities and you will live and breathe conservation.

**What you will learn**
Our degree will give you the knowledge, analytical skills and practical experience to join the fight against the loss of wildlife species and their habitats. A wildlife conservation scientist needs to have a sound knowledge of the worlds’ biodiversity, understanding of the interactions between wildlife and the environment, insight into human influences on wildlife, as well as a number of practical, laboratory and analytical skills. We have designed this programme with these in mind.

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
£9,250
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 and Environment

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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.

Animal behaviour

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
21%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

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.

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.

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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

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

Agriculture, food and related studies

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