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Marine and Freshwater Conservation (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 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

UCAS Tariff

96-112

Including A'level Biology or Applied Science at grade C or above

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Biodiversity conservation

Aquatic biology

Water resource management

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.

Our course offers a four-year 'sandwich-route' mode of study, giving you the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement between your second and third year. So, you’ll get the real world experience you need to put your studies into focus, as well as understand how your degree can help you in gaining a career.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

Your studies at our Ambleside campus will be unrivalled - We're the only UK university with a campus within a national park and in an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

So, forget sporadic, end of term field trips and research, you’ll have an abundance of rivers, lakes and coastline on your doorstep to gain plenty of hands-on, practical science throughout every term.

- Prepared for employment in conservation, environmental and research fields

- Easy access to the waters of the Lake District and coastal ecosystems

- Use of up-to-date facilities in our new laboratories

- Flexibility to customise your learning by selecting modules

- Practical, taxonomic and analytical capabilities ready for a future in science

- Exciting, international field trips and placements

- Great contacts with wildlife, water and conservation organisations to enhance your job prospects

- Taught by tutors involved in international research, which will enhance your learning

- Small class sizes mean we get to know you well and give you close support during your studies

**Year 1** - You'll build a solid base in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge, which will be expanded upon during the rest of the course.

**Year 2** - You'll study six modules to give you a fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation.

**Year 3 & 4** - You'll study the processes controlling the behaviour and characteristics of aquatic habitats, their plants and animals. Plus, there are many opportunities to get on-the-job experience in the field, with a UK or international placement or by volunteering with local conservation organisations.

You also get the chance to choose from a range of modules to suit your interests. But, whatever you choose, you will always benefit from laboratory-based teaching to boost your practical and analytical skills, which will enhance your chances of employment.

If you have the passion for helping our planet's future, then we’ll help you gain the aquatic environment knowledge, skills and practical experience you need to graduate as a professional who can make a difference.

So, to become an expert in the conservation world, get started with our unique course.

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,
Marine Biodiversity Assessments Techniques,
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,
Creating Sustainable Environments,
Behavioural Ecology,
Genetic Applications for Conservation,
Applied Field Studies,
Developing Marine Biodiversity Assessments,
Wildlife Management,
Advanced Geographic Information Systems,
Remote Sensing.

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
81%
med
Aquatic biology

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

Water resource management

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
49%
2:1 or above
20%
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.

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

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

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.

Geography, earth and environmental 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.

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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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