A minimum of 64 UCAS points
Develop your scientific knowledge of environmental processes and improve your practical skills in surveying and management techniques.
Through studying for the Foundation Degree in Environmental Science for Conservation, you will develop your scientific knowledge of environmental processes and improve your practical skills in surveying and management techniques. You will acquire fundamental skills and knowledge across a broad range of disciplines, developing skills in information analysis and presentation, communication, and team working, whilst providing you with additional transferable skills, such as prioritisation and leadership, which will be beneficial when looking for a job.
University Centre Reaseheath is an academic partner of the University of Chester. Foundation degrees, Honours degrees, and Cert Ed are awarded by the University of Chester.
Full-time: 2 years
Environmental and conservation pressures such as pollution, climate change, and biodiversity are becoming ever more significant in the 21st century. Preservation of the natural world is vital, and graduates with the knowledge, skills, and drive essential to achieving this aim will be better prepared to develop a career in this sector.
The qualification achieved through this foundation degree opens up a range of opportunities and routes to work for organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts, the Environmental Agency, National Trust, and the RSPB, and roles such as ranger, warden, land manager, conservation officer, or environmental consultant.
What will I study?
This course gives you the opportunity to study the science behind the environmental processes that shape and influence our environment, and examine the impact on both the natural and man-made worlds. You will be able to develop your personal and academic skills, as well as gain specific knowledge and practical skills that are essential for a career in the environmental science/conservation sectors.
The course is comprised of 16 modules spread over 2 years of study, 15 of which are compulsory, and the final module is a choice of one of two optional units related to gaining work experience.
- Academic Skills Development
- Principles of Botany
- Plant Biogeography
- Ecological Science
- Practical Skills and Project Management
- Environmental Science Field Course
- Science of the Environment
- Habitat Management for Conservation
- Research Methods
- Tools for River Management
- Cartography, Digital Mapping and GIS
- Ecological Surveys
- Environmental Legislation
- Plant and Soil Science
- Work Based Learning for Academic Credit
- Experiential Learning
In Work Based Learning for Academic Credit (RC5110) students complete a minimum of 115 hours voluntary work in the environmental sector. This is compulsory and is required to complete the unit. The only costs incurred are travel to and from the respective work placement sites. In the past, this has included work with the Wildlife Trusts, National Trust, The Conservation Volunteers and local Friends of groups.
Students are responsible for finding their own Work Based Learning volunteering opportunities. This can be completed as a discrete block or to fit in with work and study commitments throughout the year. Support is offered to prepare for and plan your volunteering placement(s) in a series of workshops at the beginning of the year.
In Experiential Learning (RC5807), students arrange and complete a 2-week work placement overseas (100 hours equivalent). Students are responsible for finding their own placement, and this may have costs associated with it, for which the student is responsible. Support is provided in orientation sessions prior to departure to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the political/ cultural environment and personal safety needs of the learner whilst on placement overseas.
RC5110 and RC5807 are alternative modules (students will complete one or the other).
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: 30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 360 hours
Independent Study: 840 hours
Year 2: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 288 hours
Placement: 100 hours
Independent Study: 812 hours
Cohort sizes vary between 10 and 15 students.
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:
30% written exams
13% 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 within twenty working days after the submission date.
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.
Taught days will be provided at the start of September, with the detailed timetable being available in induction week.
The modules at Level 4 provide a comprehensive review of key concepts and skills for a range of students. Students undertake eight core modules exclusively at this level, to ensure that students develop grounded knowledge of the fundamental principles, skills and concepts necessary for the further study of environmental science and conservation. Level 4 modules are designed to give students a good introduction to a variety of environmental concepts and practical skills. In addition, further emphasis is placed on developing core academic skills (e.g. scientific writing, presenting/communicating research and referencing in accordance to a prescribed style) via the Academic Skills Development module (RC4208). These important skills are applied across many areas of study, particularly as students progress towards Level 5
Level 5 modules involve far greater detail and depth of knowledge to reinforce existing knowledge and further enhance key concepts and skills. These modules are designed to further develop the skills and knowledge gained at level 4 and provide students with some specialism in certain areas. Study at Level 5 includes one of two work experience modules (Work Based Learning for Academic Credit (RC5110) or Experiential Learning (RC5807)). This provides an opportunity for students to apply and enhance their knowledge in an industry or work-related environment in a specific area of interest and forms an integral part of the programme in developing students in a professional capacity.
- A minimum of 64 UCAS points
- A Levels preferably including Biology (or related subject)
- Or BTEC Level 3 (2 years) qualification at Merit in relevant subject
- Access to HE Diploma
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis and substantial work experience will be considered, as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications.
- UCAS code CC18
- Following completion of this course you may study an additional top-up year in BSc (Hons) Environmental Systems Management.
- These may include a career for The Wildlife Trust, RSPB, National Trust or The Environment Agency
- Countryside ranger
- Conservation officer
- Community engagement officer
- Wildlife warden
- Project officer
- Recreation management
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, can be found on the student finance page. 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.
Students will need to purchase their own waterproofs, steel toe-capped boots for and practicals.
Reading lists are provided for each module studied and some students chose to purchase key texts.
Module RC4805 Environmental Science Field Course will involve a week-long residential field trip within the UK, and there will be a cost associated with this field course, for which students will pay.
Students choosing to undertake Experiential Learning will be responsible for funding the cost of their overseas placement and all associated expenses.
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 31st July of the year they intend to start their course. 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.
My Reaseheath degree opened up a new world for me, enabling me to see things in a different light. I was able to fit studying round work, which was a big bonus, and the lecturers were so inspiring.
Jamie Stevenson Foundation Degree in Countryside Conservation and Recreation Management
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