A minimum of 64 UCAS points
Only you can change the world!
Do you care about our environment? If so, this course is for you.
Through studying for the Foundation Degree in Environmental Conservation, you will develop the scientific knowledge, practical and management skills suitable for a wide range of jobs within conservation and environmental research. This degree takes a ‘big picture’ approach, looking at the environment as a whole and how it can be managed as well as specialising in specific subjects such as habitats, climatology and environmental science.
If we can conserve a habitat, we conserve everything living within it – including us.
Environmental and conservation concerns 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 fast-moving sector.
The qualification achieved through this foundation degree opens up a range of opportunities and routes to work for organisations in the environmental conservation sector, including work overseas. Employment opportunities include: Reserves officer/supervisor, conservation officer, ecologist, science officer, nature recovery officer, biodiversity project officer, woodland delivery officer, reserves warden, conservation scientist, peatland conservation officer, reserves officer, environmental consultant and people and wildlife officer.
Following successful completion of this course, you may study an additional top-up year in BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation.
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
Real word scenarios, hands on training, field trips and projects.
Our beautiful 350 hectare campus is full of possibilities. We have the following habitats within our grounds:
- Two lakes
- Two rivers
- Willow carr
- Marl pit ponds
- Wildflower meadows
- Ancient hedgerows
- Designated conservation area
- Designated Site of Biological Interest
We also have access to:
- Coastal sand dunes and salt marsh
- The Goyt valley and the Peak District
- The Cheshire Beaver Reintroduction project
- Salt flashes
Any many other exciting places!
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.
- Ecological Survey & Census Skills
- Conservation of British Habitats
- Scientific Data Collection & Analysis
- Introduction to the Anthropocene
- Principles of Environmental Science
- Evolution and Adaptation
Level 5 modules involve far greater detail and depth of knowledge to reinforce existing knowledge and further enhance key concepts and skills.
- Research Methods
- Ecological Restoration
- Work based learning for the land-based industries (optional)
- Experiential Learning (optional)
- Woodland and Wetlands Management
- Plant and Soil Science
Please note that availability of optional modules is subject to availability of subject-specialist staff and the recruitment of the minimum viable student number (7 individuals). Should a module not be deemed viable for operation then all students whom selected for that module will be communicated to in writing in advance of the academic year, and will be informed of the alternative options available to select from. Students will be expected to make their module choices for the following academic year during March/April, via on online module selection service. Confirmation of module selections will be provided via email following approval.
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:
30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 360 hours
Independent Study: 840 hours
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 and can be up to 15 students. Some units are taught with other cohorts.
Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in class examinations.
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:
20% written exams
20% written exams
Feedback is supplied not only on assignments but also throughout the course in several ways. These include Turnitin, directly from module leaders, through one to one and group tutorials, during lessons and will be both oral or written. The majority of submissions for assessment are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided within twenty working days after the submission date.
For summative assessments, 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
Attendance is 3-4 days a week for level 4 and 3 days a week for level 5, which includes a study period where students can access IT and library facilities on-site for independent study
Students are given the opportunity to study an optional module at level 5 (yr 2) entitled Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries. Students are expected to source their own placement, and complete a minimum of 100 hours of work, which can be accrued either in a block or cumulatively over weekends and holiday periods. When selecting a placement, students should consider the financial implications associated with accommodation, travel/commuting and the possible need for a Disclosure Barring service (DBS) check, as UCR is unable to subsidise such costs.
- A minimum of 96 points UCAS Tariff points
- CCC – A*A*A*- A Levels including a science subject
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – MMM – D*D*D* in relevant subject
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – DD – D*D* 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
- Following completion of this course you may study an additional top-up year in BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation
These may include a career for organisations such as The Environment Agency, Natural England, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, or working overseas in Environmental Conservation roles
- Reserves officer/supervisor
- Conservation officer
- Science officer
- Nature recovery officer
- Biodiversity project officer
- Woodland delivery officer
- Reserves warden
- Conservation scientist
- Peatland conservation officer
- Reserves officer
- Environmental consultant
- People and wildlife officer
There is also an opportunity for various field trips such as:
- Costa Rica
- Cornwall Beaver Project
- Somerset habitats and adders
Please note these trips will incur an additional cost.
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, warm clothing, steel toe-capped boots, a x10 magnification hand lens and good quality wellington boots for practicals.
It is also strongly recommended that students have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination record before starting this course.
Reading lists are provided for each module studied and some students chose to purchase key texts.
Students will be offered the chance to engage in both domestic and overseas learning opportunities with which to enhance their classroom-based learning experience. Students will have the option to undertake overseas study for academic credit in year 2 of the programme, or simply participate for experiential purposes. These may include opportunities to undertake conservation field courses within locations such as Southern Africa, South America and the UK.
The main emphasis placed on these field courses is the development of professional, industry relevant skills and the application of students’ knowledge in a novel, stimulating, yet challenging environment. Costs associated with the field courses range from £500 – £1000 (UK & Europe), and between £2,200 – £2,800 (South America & Southern Africa). Please note that precise pricing of all field courses is subject to change, pending availability and recruitment.
- A laptop that is windows compatible
- A scientific calculator (£10-20)
- Leaver arch files or equivalent
- USB memory stick/hard drive or cloud based digital storage space
- Wellies (£20 min)
- Protective steel-capped boots (tip: steel capped boots are more comfortable when worn with a pair of thick walking socks) (£20 min)
- Protective gardening gloves (£5 min)
- A magnifying x10 hand lens (£5)
- Waders are recommended but not essential
- Plenty of warm, waterproof clothing – layers are the best!
- A copy of ‘Maths Skills for Biologists’- available from the FSC online (£3.75)
Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
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