This course is aimed at those wishing to pursue careers within the conservation sector. Students will develop their ability to strike a sustainable balance in the management of habitats for wildlife and people to effectively engage stakeholders in the natural world for the benefit of biodiversity and people. Practical species identification and field reserch skills will also be developed.
- Flora and fauna identification
- British wildlife
- Wildlife management
- UK conservation - history, structure, current and future trends
- Habitat management
- Access, education and interpretation.
Two years full-time or one year part-time.
Full-time students will be expected to attend College for approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. 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 time. Part-time study will be on an infill basis.
Students can progress on to the BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Conservation Management (Top up) course.
Assessment includes practical reports and demonstrations, written assignments, portfolios, scientific posters and group or individual presentations.
Work experience is an integral part of the course. Past students have gained placements with a variety of conservation organisations with which we have excellent links. A total of 152 hours is required in a related part of the industry over the two years of the course.
- Field trips to a range of 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.
Work as an assistant reserve warden, education officer and co-ordinator or in many more roles. Careers are available with nature conservation organisations such as the RSPB and Wildlife Trust. Graduates may also pursue opportunities to work on conservation projects abroad.
Application for the full-time course is through UCAS using code D444 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 require a pair of steel toe-capped safety boots and may also need a pair of waders. Recommended items include 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 should have 48 UCAS points at A-Level or a Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent. They must also have GCSE English at grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification.
Life experience of mature students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
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.