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BSc(Hons)

Environmental Resource Management (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
FJ7F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
72
Department:
Geography and Environmental Management
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Hazem Gouda
Key fact:
The course has been developed in response to a rising demand from governments, consumers and industry to effectively manage and preserve our environment and resources.

Page last updated 4 July 2017

Introduction

Why BSc(Hons) Environmental Resource Management (with Foundation year)?

With climate change high on the political agenda, those in governments, science and industry are keen to find new ways to mitigate risk. As resources become scarce, making good use of existing resources through effective energy management is also vital. As a result, there is growing demand for skilled professionals who understand how best to manage our energy, environment and resources.

Why study our course?

This course examines the impact of people on the environment as a result of their demand and use of global resources. It will also help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to identify and evaluate sustainable approaches to resource management. The main themes include water, energy, climate change/global warming and environmental hazards. In your final year, you will be able to choose to specialise in renewable energy or water futures, or develop a broad training in energy management. Alongside this, you will develop analytical, problem solving, decision making, communication and business skills, preparing you for the workplace.

Real world experience

Throughout the course, you will experience environmental issues first-hand on site visits and field trips. You will also be able to learn about best practice and industry challenges through presentations by visiting professionals. There will also be opportunities to undertake internships and a work placement to broaden your experience and industry knowledge.

Where it can take you

On graduation, a range of careers in the commercial, industrial or public sectors will be available to you. Past students have gone onto positions as renewable energy project managers, carbon or energy consultants, and climate or energy policy advisors to industry or government.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

This course will give you the option to gain a broad training in environmental resource management, or specialise in gas and oil or renewables.

Foundation Year (Year zero)

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Geography, Environmental Management and Planning courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Foundation Project
  • Society, Economy and Governance
  • Development and Place
  • Data Analysis and Design.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Environmental Challenges
  • Energy, Society and Climate Change
  • Geographies of Globalisation
  • Environmental Engineering Field Study
  • Geographical Skills.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Energy Futures: Policy and Practice
  • Climate Change: Tracing the Record
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Managing Global Resources
  • Energy Conservation in the Built Environment
  • Project Management, Health and Safety Risk Management.

You will also be able to undertake an optional placement year.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Global Warming and Environmental Hazards
  • Final Year Project.

In addition, you will choose from the following optional modules, depending on credit requirements:

  • Integrated Water Management
  • Environmental Impact
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Management and Performance Evaluation
  • Hazard Management in the Energy Industry.

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

Our lecturing staff achieve consistently high scores in the National Student Survey and provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are active researchers or industrial consultants and aware of modern advances in their discipline. 

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities, including small-group practicals and seminars, laboratory classes, workshops and field visits.

Through our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme, Year one students receive mentoring and support from those in Year two.

Find out more about our department's approach to teaching and learning.

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

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time in essential independent study. 

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a combination of examinations, coursework, essays, projects, presentations and field exercises. Most coursework is undertaken individually, but there are some group assignments. Examinations take place in Year one, Year two and the Final year.

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

Placements

Students who undertake a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping you hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Where possible, we arrange initiatives such as Green Internships schemes, to give you the chance to gain valuable work experience in your summer holidays. We also encourage you to apply your learning on work placements. Past students have worked in a variety of contexts, including ISO accreditation for Porsche and energy management for EDF and the leisure sector.

Fieldwork

Field trips are an important part of this course and you will be able to take advantage of residential visits, along with numerous day trips, during the course.

Study facilities

You will experiment and test your theories in well-equipped general laboratories, as well as dedicated field, earth sciences, environmental change and environmental physics spaces. You will also:

  • investigate environmental change and test water quality and soil mechanics in our physical geography laboratories
  • map and measure angles, distances and topography, and carry out level surveys in our surveying laboratory
  • conduct a spatial enquiry and analyse data, using industry-standard GIS and statistical software in our computer laboratories.

The core business of a university is education and UWE Bristol has a host of fantastic facilities to help deliver the very best learning experience. You will use a wide range of materials in a variety of media, all formed into your learning environment and experience.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

To help develop your industry knowledge and understanding, there will be opportunities to attend site trips and presentations by visiting professionals.

Socialise and campaign

You will have an opportunity to meet fellow environmentalists at our Geography Society.

Be inspired

Read our students' experiences whilst studying Geography, Planning and Environmental Management courses.

Careers

Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will be able to progress to a range of careers in the commercial, industrial or public sectors. Past students have gone onto positions as renewable energy project managers, carbon or energy consultants, and climate or energy policy advisors to industry or government. Others have undertaken graduate roles as energy managers, sustainability advisors with local authorities and air quality consultants, while a few have chosen further study on courses such as our MSc Sustainable Development in Practice.

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.

Be inspired

Read Zak's experience of studying an environmental management topic at UWE Bristol.

Fees

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

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) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their 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.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade D or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in Mathematics, 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: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons)Environmental Resource Management course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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