72 UCAS points
This course is all about building your confidence and giving you the skills and knowledge required to progress on to study the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology.
Supported by a team of dedicated staff, you will develop your study skills and gain plenty of guidance through regular one-to-ones and small tutorial group sessions.
Full-time: 4 years | Part-time: Up to 7 years
Throughout your first year of study, you will cover a range of topics such as an introduction to environmental science and animal form and function, along with enhancing your numeracy skills through practical data handling and analysis.
Through hands-on sessions in our licensed zoo, you will explore key principles in animal husbandry, including animal health and welfare, enclosure design, nutrition and feeding.
You will also study vital scientific principles in the animal sciences such as cell types, genetic principles and inheritance, working in our dedicated science laboratories.
Your second, third and fourth years will cover the same modules as the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology.
The course features:
- Ready access to a diverse rural green space across the campus, which boasts a convergent mix of habitat and native wildlife species with which to study.
- Opportunities to engage in meaningful conservation project work within the local community.
- Opportunities to engage in overseas field courses to a range of localities including Southern Africa, South America and Europe.
Please note: Students are based at Reaseheath for the duration of this course. For students wishing to live in, you will live in Halls of Residence at Reaseheath College during your first year.
What will I study?
- Introduction to environmental science and animal form and function
- Practical data handling and analysis
- Principles in animal husbandry
- Animal health and welfare
- Enclosure design
- Nutrition and feeding
- Principles in the animal sciences
- Genetic principles and inheritance
- Wildlife ecology
- Principles of evolutionary biology
- Observational techniques and data handling
- Conservation biology and biodiversity
- Ecological survey and census skills
- Conservation of British habitats
Technological advancements in conservation*
Population and community ecology and management
Marine and freshwater habitat conservation*
Wildlife health and rehabilitation
Work based learning*
Learning in the wider world*
Applied issues in wildlife conservation
Biology and conservation of aquatic organisms*
Biology and conservation of mammals*
Biology and conservation of herpetofauna*
Scientific communication and zoo education*
Marine ecosystems: policy and management*
Wildlife in the media*
Applications of animal behaviour for conservation*
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course:
Year 1: 36% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 432 hours
Independent Study: 768 hours
Year 2: 30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 360 hours
Independent Study: 840 hours
Year 3: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 252 hours
Placement: 150 hours
Independent Study: 798 hours
Year 4: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 170 hours
Independent Study: 1030 hours
Percentage of course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
15% written exams
37% written exams
22% written exams
20% written exams
Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided four working weeks after the submission date. If for unforeseen reasons this is not possible, the reasons will be communicated to the students within 2 weeks and the feedback prioritised within the department.
Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.
- 72 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or other Level 3 qualification (minimum 2 years in length) in relevant subject preferably including biological sciences (or equivalent)
- BTEC Diploma (Applied Science or equivalent):DD
- OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis.
- MSc Wildlife Conservation or other postgraduate study or professional qualifications.
- Native species management
- Wildlife management
- Wildlife trusts
- Wildlife rehabilitation
- Wildlife research.
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in either 2017/18 or 2018/19 are £9,250. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before the 31st July 2018. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for full-time Degrees and Foundation Degrees are made through UCAS. Applications for all other full-time courses such as Access to HE and Level 4 Diplomas should be made directly to Reaseheath via the online application form. You can find out more here.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our Higher Education Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.
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