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Marine and Freshwater Conservation

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Must be science based and need to 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

T Level

P-M

Science T level is accepted for this programme

UCAS Tariff

96-112

A-Level in Biology or Applied Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification) is required.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Biodiversity conservation

Aquatic biology

Water resource management

An abundance of rivers, lakes and coastline on your doorstep will inspire your studies and prepare you to make a difference to the environmental conservation of our planet.

With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there’s never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of aquatic conservation.

**Course Overview**
You’ll receive a thorough introduction to a range of marine and freshwater environments from upland springs to coastal zones. Once you’ve mastered the fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation we’ll move on to the processes affecting the behaviour and characteristics of aquatic habitats. You’ll also be able to choose from a number of modules to suit your interests so you can tailor your own degree, backed up by laboratory and field-based teaching from research-active tutors to boost your practical and analytical skills. If you choose the ‘with placement’ version of the degree you will also complete a year away from campus, undertaking a UK or international placement; some of our former students have chosen to study in countries including Cambodia, Canada, Mexico and Montenegro. We also offer our students an abundance of conservation volunteering opportunities as well as field trips across the UK and overseas.

**On this course you will**

- Benefit from 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.

- Be taught by experts in aquatic conservation, each with a wealth of experience in the conservation of marine and freshwater species and their habitats.

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

- Be 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.

- 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**
With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there’s never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of aquatic conservation. So, we’ve designed you a unique course - with the guidance of professional environmental consultants and aquatic scientists - so you can study freshwater and marine conservation together in one degree.

You'll be guided through the wonderful range of marine and freshwater environments to be found on our planet, from upland springs and freshwater lakes, through coastal environments to deep sea trenches.

**Year One**

- Conservation Skills & Practice

- Introduction to Conservation Biology

- Biodiversity 1

- Biodiversity 2

- Introduction to Ecology

- Aquatic Environments

**Year Two**

- Biodiversity Monitoring

- Evolution and Biogeography

- Freshwater Ecology

- Research Methods and Data Analysis

- Marine Ecology

- Conservation Genetics (Optional)

- Geographic Information Systems (Optional)

- Valuing the Environment (Optional)

**Year Three**

- Dissertation

- Management of Aquatic Resources

- Applied Field Studies

- Conservation in Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems

- Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing (Optional)

- Conservation Strategies (Optional)

- Wildlife Management (Optional)

Modules

Year one - Compulsory modules:

Core Scientific Skills,
Introduction to Conservation Biology,
Biodiversity I,
Biodiversity II,
Ecology,
Aquatic Environments.
Year two - Compulsory modules:

Biodiversity Monitoring,
Research Methods and Data Analysis,
Freshwater Ecology,
Marine Ecology,
Evolution and Biogeography.
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand):

Conservation Genetics,
Geographic Information Systems,
Animal Behaviour,
Conservation Policy, Practice & Philosophy.
Year three - Compulsory modules:

Dissertation,
Management of Aquatic Resources,
Conservation in Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems.
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand):

Fisheries & Aquaculture,
Conservation & Society,
Behavioural Ecology,
Genetic Applications for Conservation,
Applied Field Studies,
Developing Marine Biodiversity Assessments,
Wildlife Management,
Advanced Geographic Information Systems,
Remote Sensing.

Assessment methods

The overarching consideration is to provide assessments which are seen as “for and as learning” rather than simply testing ability and knowledge. The main drivers of this strategy are to: ? Provide innovative, challenging and stimulating assessment which will enable you to develop the knowledge and professional skills required for employment ? Be student-centered, flexible and modern Be fully supported by, and integrated with, technological approaches such as the Blackboard virtual learning environment (VLE) and electronic portfolio ? Impart academic rigour to the teaching and learning processes ? Support the development of your independence, autonomy and critical self-reflection ? Support different learners’ needs at different stages of development Within a balanced scheme, summative assessment methods may include: ? Unseen examinations ? Open-book examinations and practical tests ? Laboratory reports ? Computer-based assessments ? Problem solving ? Reports on fieldwork and surveys ? Critical analysis of case studies ? Oral, audio-visual and poster presentations ? Dissertations ? Research planning ? Production of a scientific paper ? Peer and self-

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
81%
med
Aquatic biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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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

Water resource management

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

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.

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low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
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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

Geography, earth and environmental 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.

£16,320
low
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
54%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sports and fitness occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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Geography, earth and environmental studies

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