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Integrated Wildlife Conservation

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Applied Sciences
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Two years full-time; three years part-time
Full time; part-time
Programme leader:
Katy Ling
Key fact:
FdSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation at UWE Bristol is the only conservation Foundation degree delivered in partnership with a working zoo, giving you the unique work-based experience you need to stand out from the crowd.

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why study FdSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation?

FdSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation adopts a biological approach to the study of wildlife conservation issues, developing a scientific understanding of our relationship with wildlife and the impact of our actions on it. Appealing to students attracted to a career in conservation who may not have considered a university education, the Foundation degree gives you a recognised qualification in wildlife conservation after two years and provides a direct route to Level three of BSc(Hons) Integrated Wildlife Conservation at UWE Bristol.

Why study our course?

This is the only conservation foundation degree delivered in partnership with a working zoo, giving you unique work-based experience, which will enable you to stand out from the crowd as you build your career.

You will gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to play a positive role in solving conservation challenges. The course is designed to provide the knowledge and expertise necessary to work in wildlife conservation, with emphasis on developing subject-specific and work-based practical skills.

You will study in Bristol, 2015 European Green Capital and home to the BBC's world-renowned Natural History Unit.

Real-world experience

Integrated Wildlife Conservation is a hands-on practical course offering many opportunities to take part in conservation projects and fieldwork in the UK and abroad. Run from Bristol Zoo, this is a real-world course delivered in a genuine work environment and offering significant periods of integrated work-based experience in both years, either in the zoo or at other relevant conservation organisations. You will also be encouraged to apply for volunteering roles during vacations to supplement your practical experience.

Where it can take you

Integrated Wildlife Conservation is excellent preparation for a range of local, national and international careers in conservation.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Ecology and Environmental Systems
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife and People
  • Professional Work Skills.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Animal Behaviour for Wildlife Conservation
  • Effective Communication for Conservation
  • Integrating Sustainable Development and Conservation
  • Work and Research Skills.

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied over a longer period and the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will study at Bristol Zoo, which has a dedicated Conservation Education Institute. You will be taught by experts from the zoo and the university, learning about live conservation projects.

As well as the outstanding resources at the zoo, you will have access to all the university's excellent facilities, including the library and laboratories. This is a hands-on course, offering opportunities to take part in conservation projects and fieldwork in the UK and abroad. Work-based experience is integrated into both years of study.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

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A variety of assessment methods are used to reflect the range of theoretical concepts, knowledge and practical skills that is developed in this course. There are assessed coursework and examinations in both years.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

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You will benefit from 100 hours of work experience each year on placements at either Bristol Zoo or with another appropriate conservation organisation. Previous placements have included Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre, Tree Life Centre BTCV, Somerset Wildlife Trust, and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. You will also be encouraged to take every opportunity to boost your practical experience with volunteering roles.


Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to take part in real-world conservation projects and apply your academic knowledge to practical situations in the field. During your first year, you will take part in a UK-based residential fieldtrip which is funded by the department. In the second year, you will travel to Europe to take part in a residential fieldtrip as part of the Conservation Biology module.

If you continue onto the Level three of the BSc(Hons) Integrated Wildlife Conservation course, an optional, student-funded, two-week field trip to a remote tropical location is available.

Study facilities

You will be based in the Education Centre at Bristol Zoo Gardens, which includes classrooms, a laboratory, computing facilities, a library housing a large collection of natural history literature and a student common room. The centre includes facilities for disabled users. In addition, you will benefit from access to the teaching and learning facilities at UWE Bristol, including extensive library facilities, laboratories and student support facilities.


Careers / Further study

Integrated Wildlife Conservation provides excellent preparation for a range of local, national and international careers in conservation. Successful completion of the course will also give you direct access to Level three BSc(Hons) Integrated Wildlife Conservation at UWE Bristol.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: A pass in an AS-Level science subject (Biology preferred). Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff.

    You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • Relevant subjects: Subjects that meet the science requirement for this course: Applied Science, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths, Use of Maths, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Science in the Environment, Statistics. For further information and advice please contact Admissions.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include three units in a science subject (Biology preferred).
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits in a Science subject (Biology preferred).
  • Baccalaureate IB: A pass in a higher level science subject (Biology preferred).

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

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