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University of Cumbria

Forestry

UCAS Code: D503

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

PPP

Scottish Higher

B,C

UCAS Tariff

48-64

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Forestry and arboriculture

Interested in a career in forestry? Then our FdSc course - the only one of its type in the UK - is the qualification for you.

You’ll receive a thorough introduction into the forestry profession combined with a mandatory work experience element, so you gain all the academic and practical know-how to work in a truly worthwhile and rewarding sector.

All of our courses are validated and endorsed by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and on completion of the FdSc, you’ll have the opportunity to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Forestry Management Top-Up programme.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

You’ll study professional forestry at our National School of Forestry in the iconic Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

And, from our campus in Ambleside, you’ll have the opportunity to study in woodlands managed for conservation, timber production and social benefits - all within easy access of the campus.

Our one-year work placement offers a fantastic chance to experience more hands-on forestry work, putting the knowledge you develop during your studies into a real-world context.

- Our excellent links with the Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and many other forestry organisations which provide the opportunity to develop your professional networks

- Taught by academic tutors, who have worked as professional forester

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

- Opportunities to win awards from a variety of forestry organisations.

- Easy access to the excellent facilities of the National School of Forestry

- Frequently be doing hands-on forestry thanks to our practical-focused approach

If you want a rewarding career in a sector, which is important for biodiversity, society and the economy, then this professional course at the National School of Forestry will set you on the path to success.

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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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Forestry and arboriculture

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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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
28%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
C

After graduation


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Forestry and arboriculture

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
98%
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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Forestry and arboriculture

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

£17k

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£16k

£25k

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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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