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University of Cumbria

Forest Management

UCAS Code: D500

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

MMM-DMM

Scottish Higher

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

UCAS Tariff

96-112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Forestry and arboriculture

**Course Overview**

Want a career as a professional forest manager? Then, our degree - the only professional forestry BSc (Hons) in England is the qualification for you. Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the forestry sector's professional body, the course will teach you about the management of forests and woodlands for commercial, recreation and conservation objectives.

Our National School of Forestry, based in the iconic Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the ideal place to explore the science and practice of managing forests. You'll live and learn on our friendly Ambleside campus, the only university campus in a national park, and also home to the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas. You'll also benefit from the practical forestry management experience of our tutors and their high-quality applied research that informs our teaching, your learning and aims to bring about positive change in the natural world.

And, thanks to our excellent links with forestry organisations, we have a strong graduate employment record too.

- **Year 1** You’ll get a good grounding in the underlying principles and practice of forest and woodland management. Modules include those on forest measurement, silviculture, wood utilisation and processing and woodland ecology.

- **Year 2** You’ll build on this foundation developing your skills further, for example, you’ll develop greater skills in geographical information systems, learn more about managing forest operations and you will be taught important new subjects, such as forest health, people and forests and forest policy. You will also be taught research methods to prepare you for your dissertation.

- **Year 3** You’ll write a full forest management plan, conduct research on a topic of your choice, develop a business idea and take several optional modules that align to your interests

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

- From our campus in Ambleside, you’ll have the unique opportunity to study in woodlands managed for timber production, conservation and recreation.

- The course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), the forestry sector professional body, and has been awarded the maximum points available

- We have more than 50 years educating and training professional and award-winning foresters

- Experience hands-on forestry frequently, thanks to our practical-focused approach

- Use the latest technology such as GIS, remote sensing and drones during your studies

- Taught by tutors who have worked as professional foresters and bring their first-hand experience to their teaching

- Tutors are involved in conducting ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning

- Small class sizes mean you’ll get personal tutor guidance and support throughout your studies

- We have excellent links with organisations in the sector such as The Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and others, which boosts your networking and employment prospects

- Forestry employers contact us to fill vacancies for professional forestry posts

- Opportunities to gain achievement awards from a variety of forestry organisations

- In 2018-19 our students were 100% satisfied overall with the course in the National Student Survey

Ambleside, close to the shores of Windermere, is a great place to live with access to the recreational opportunities afforded by the Lake District National Park. While on campus you have access to modern research and teaching labs, lecture and seminar rooms, IT facilities and a library with a broad range of up-to-date digital and hard-copy resources.

If you want a rewarding career in a sector that is hugely important for countering climate change, biodiversity, society and our economy, then this professional course will enable you to gain the skills and experience required for a successful career in forestry.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
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

TEF rating:
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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Forestry and arboriculture

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
B

After graduation


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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.

98%
med
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

Fewer than 100 graduates usually take full first degrees in forestry and arboriculture, so there is not a lot of data to examine — they're a little more commonly taken as foundation degrees, often studied at colleges. But for the chosen few in forestry, there are a handful of specialist roles in forestry management available every year, and this is the degree preferred for those jobs. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

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

Agriculture & related subjects

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

£17k

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£25k

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