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FdSc

Integrated Wildlife Conservation

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
F750
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
64
Department:
Applied Sciences
Campus:
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Duration:
Two years full-time; three years part-time
Delivery:
Full time; part-time
Programme leader:
Katy Ling
Key fact:
We’re the only university to offer a FdSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation foundation degree in partnership with a working zoo, providing you with real-world experience.

Page last updated 5 October 2017

Introduction

Why study integrated wildlife conservation?

By taking a biological approach to studying wildlife conservation, we can get a deeper understanding of our relationship with wildlife and the impact of our actions on it.

Studying conservation at this level gives you a springboard into further study, and a variety of interesting conservation careers.

Why UWE Bristol?

FdSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation is particularly relevant if you're attracted to a career in conservation but haven't considered university before.

You'll get a recognised qualification in wildlife conservation after two years and can take your study to degree level by doing an extra year after that.  

Gain the practical skills and knowledge to work in wildlife conservation, and play a positive role in helping to solve our planet's conservation challenges.

Study in Bristol, home to the BBC's world-renowned Natural History Unit, and a recognised hub for environmental organisations and projects.

Gain invaluable experience at Bristol Zoo, and participate in diverse conservation projects and fieldwork both in the UK and overseas.

We encourage you to apply for volunteering roles in the holidays, to add extra weight to your CV.

Where can it take me?

This course is excellent preparation for local, national and international careers in conservation.

You can go straight into level three of the BSc(Hons) Integrated Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science at UWE Bristol if you want to get a full degree.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

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'll study at Bristol Zoo in the dedicated Institute of Conservation Science and Learning, and be taught by experts from the zoo and University, learning about live conservation projects.

This is a hands-on course, so you'll take part in conservation projects and fieldwork, and work with different conversation organisations in the UK and overseas.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
127%65%8%100%
227%65%8%100%

Assessment

We use a range of assessment tools to reflect the different concepts, knowledge and skills we develop on the course. You can expect to be assessed using coursework and exams in both years.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
130%65%5%100%
219%50%31%100%

Features

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

You'll go on 100 hours of placements in each year of this course, at either Bristol Zoo or another conservation organisation.

Previous students have worked with Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre, Tree Life Centre, British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Somerset Wildlife Trust, and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

We'll encourage you to take up volunteering roles to boost your experience further.

Get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

Take part in real-world conservation projects and apply your academic knowledge to practical situations in the field.

Go on residential field trips in both years one in the UK and one in Europe.

If you progress to level three of the BSc(Hons) Integrated Wildlife Conservation course, you can choose to go on a self-funded two-week field trip to the Madagascan rainforest or to Cuba.

Study facilities

You'll be based in the Institute of Conservation Science and Learning at Bristol Zoo Gardens, which includes classrooms, a laboratory, IT facilities, a library with a large collection of natural history literature, and a student common room. There are facilities for disabled users.

As a UWE Bristol student, you'll also have access to our teaching and learning facilities, including extensive library resources, laboratories and student support facilities.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

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

If you want to progress to a full degree, you can go straight into level three of BSc(Hons) Integrated Wildlife Conservation after getting this qualification.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
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

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

See our funding pages for more information.

Entry

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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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