This programme enables students to progress from the FdSc qualification to a full BSc Honours Degree in Ecology and Environmental Management. Academic and industry knowledge and understanding and skills gained will be developed and applied to a greater depth and breadth. Students will explore and analyse current and future issues and trends and apply their learning in the field.
- Conservation biology
- Ecosystem services and ecological consultancy
- Advanced geographical information systems
- Freshwater ecology and management
There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations using the excellent range of habitats both on the College estate and in the local area.
One year full-time or two years part-time.
Full-time studens will be expected to attend College for up to 12 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Where possible these hours are spread across two days to allow time for dissertation project work. This may include some evening teaching. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study (approximately 25 - 30 hours a week) in addition to contact / lecture time.
Graduates may further their studies at Masters level on completion of this course.
Assessment will include written assignments, case studies, poster presentations and survey reports.
- Access and field trips to an excellent range of habitats in the local area including wetland and freshwater, woodland, farmland, coast and estuary, moorland.
- Employer links to various relevant organisations including local Wildlife Trusts, council departments, national organisations such as the RSPB, ecological consultancies.
- Additional facilities include Science Centre, IT suites, an excellent Learning Resources Centre and access to online resources such as Athens.
- Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all courses.
- Talks from a range of visiting speakers.
- Experienced staff with both academic and industrial experience.
Roles are available with organisations such as the Forestry Commission, Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Environment Agency in professional ecology, scientific research, conservation planning and biodiversity planning. There may also be opportunities to work abroad on ecological surveying and monitoring projects.
Application for the full-time course is through UCAS using code C1F8 and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.
Students will need to buy a College white laboratory coat for lab practicals, waterproof clothing, outdoor footwear including Wellington boots, walking boots. Students will generally need a pair of steel toe-capped safety boots and a pair of waders. Recommended items include SPSS statistics software available from the College library, binoculars and a range of key texts.
Please use the following links to learn more about our policies and procedures.
- Academic Regulations: This programme follow the regulations of University of Hull.
- Student Disciplinary Policy
Please visit our Document Downloads page to access the College's other policies, i.e. our Mental Health Policy.
Applicants are normally expected to have completed a relevant qualification, such as a HND or Foundation Degree. A GCSE grade C or equivalent in English is also required.
Applicants from non-traditional routes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
FdSc Wildlife and Conservation Management
David previously worked for the Ministry of Defence as a cartographer, drawing charts of the world’s oceans. He later moved into marketing and business management with the Met Office, then worked in a similar capacity for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He left to pursue a career working outdoors.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: As a mature student, I appreciate the supportive learning environment provided by the College. The tutors and facilities are geared to helping me achieve my best results, so long as I remain committed and take responsibility for my learning. I am encouraged to extend my researches and develop my potential.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The great thing about my course is that there is a good mix of academic and practical learning. It is far from being classroom-based and there is a heavy slant on both ecology and conservation. You are encouraged to find work placement as part of the course. For me that involved voluntary work at a local nature reserve, where I have been able to hone my practical skills and further develop my knowledge.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: Completion of my degree will allow me to really explore a new career path. If a suitable job is not immediately forthcoming, then I will be able to get so much more from my voluntary work.