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University of Greenwich

Animal Conservation and Biodiversity

UCAS Code: DC41

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Preferably one in a science based subject

UCAS Tariff

96

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Animal science

The BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation and Biodiversity programme is geared to produce honours graduates who are capable of progression to employment in animal conservation organisations, associated occupations such as working for ecological consultancies, or into research and development roles. Many graduates continue onto postgraduate Masters or PhD programmes in their chosen specialism.

The BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation & Biodiversity programme will:
• Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of animal conservation and biodiversity, current issues and best practice in the field, with the associated underpinning biological, technical and welfare concepts and paradigms.
• Develop students’ intellectual, practical and transferable key skills (further detailed below in skills and experience gained section), including an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to study, whilst encouraging independent judgement and critical self-awareness.
• Work closely with employers within the animal conservation sector to meet the regional (and wider) industry’s needs to produce graduates with the required knowledge, understanding, practical capability and skills as well as transferable employability skills.
• The programme aims to achieve a balance between academic and vocational experience whereby students can achieve their full potential and enhance their employment and career opportunities both within the UK and globally
Although firmly grounded in animal sciences, as a vocationally relevant honours degree this programme provides successful graduates with a broad range of career choices. The programme provides a high quality, knowledge and skills-based experience, with many opportunities for students to engage in volunteering with local employers and conservation organisations. This enables newly qualified graduates to move into many career paths found within the ecology and animal conservation sector.

All students on the honours degree programme undertake a final year project on an ecological or animal conservation theme of their choice under the supervision of highly qualified members of staff with many years of experience in the animal conservation sector.

Teaching facilities and resources include a state-of-the-art animal management unit containing over 100 domestic, wild and exotic species and a 250ha estate which is heavily utilised for practical field surveys involving a range of wild animal species and habitats. Students can continue with independent study in the dedicated HE Study Centre and access a range of specialist resources in the college’s Learning Resource Centre at the heart of the campus.

Degree Structure
The programme consists of core and elective courses over the three years of study. In the first year all 8 courses are core, being 15 credits each. In the second year there are seven core units and one elective. Again all courses in the second year are 15 credits. In the final year, students will study five core courses and one elective, all being 15 credits and a dissertation/honours project worth 30 credits.

Year 1
Industry Practices 1
Concepts in Ecology
Wildlife Behaviour and Population Management
Habitat Management Practices 1
Research Skills
Wildlife Welfare and Conservation Ethics
Concepts in Conservation
Field Surveying and Species Identification 1

Year 2
Conservation Technology
Data Analysis
Geographical Information Systems for Conservation
Field Surveying and Species Identification 2
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Industry Practices 2
Wildlife and Landscape Conservation
Optional Modules:
Global Biodiversity and Conservation Issues
Business Planning and Project Management

Year 3
Honours Project for the Animal Science
Current Issues
Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution
Urban Ecology and Sustainable Landscapes
Animal Ecology and Global Environmental Change
Professional Ecological Skills
Optional Modules:
Conservation and Tourism
Forestry and Woodland Management

Modules

All degree courses are made up of modules – individual units of study on different topics. Some modules are compulsory; others can be chosen from a list of options. Our website has full details of your degree structures, module content, and how each module is assessed. The direct link to this course on our website, can be found at the bottom of this page.

Assessment methods

Each course is assessed by a combination of coursework, practical assessments and (where appropriate) end of course examinations and assessments. Mixed media and emerging technologies are utilised fully where appropriate.

Tuition fees

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England
£8,630
per year
EU
£8,630
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,630
per year
Scotland
£8,630
per year
Wales
£8,630
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Centre Hadlow

Department:

Hadlow College

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
A

After graduation


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Animal science

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.

£15,000
low
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Animal care and control services
12%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Agricultural and related trades

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.

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

Animal science

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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