The Course

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.

The programmes aims to: 

  • To develop students' independent research skills and consolidate relevant data gathering and analysis through the completion of a dissertation
  • To develop students' understanding of ecosystem services, particularly with regard to the monitoring and management of freshwater habitats
  • To provide students with the skills to utilise technology in the assessment of landscapes, habitats and wildlife management
  • To develop students' critical awareness of global issues and solutions in global conservation biology
  • To provide students with the ability to become effective project managers within the sector.

This programme is currently undergoing revalidation with the University of Hull to ensure you get the best experience and opportunity to achieve as an employment-ready graduate.


Whilst the title and award of the programme will likely remain unchanged or will be similar, other details such as the modules, teaching and learning strategy, contact hours and assessment strategies may change. Full details of the newly validated programme will be available from late January 2023.

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Financial Information

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  • What You Study

    • Conservation biology
    • Ecosystem services and ecological consultancy
    • Advanced geographical information systems (GIS)
    • Freshwater ecology and management
    • Dissertation.

    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.

    The programme content is designed to be appropriate to the needs of the sector. You will have the opportunity to specialise through the dissertation, which is 10,000 words on a relevant subject area.

  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants should have a relevant Level 5 qualification.
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional 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.
    • If your first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 12 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week).

    A part-time option is also available.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. 

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all student learning styles and preferences. There is a strong emphasis on active learning with seminars, workshops, field work and site visits, case studies, work-based learning, independent learning, formative assessment and guest speaker sessions. These are combined with theory lectures that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge.

    Teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom. Independence and the ability to make decisions, problem solve and manage projects are required in the conservation and ecology sector. 

    Students can choose to study at the Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire or at the Riseholme campus, which is in Lincolnshire.

  • How You’re Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, management plans, poster presentations and survey reports. You will also undertake a dissertation research project. There are no formal examinations.

    Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement.

    Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.

  • Progression

    You may wish to continue your studies by progressing to a related post-graduate programme.

  • Careers

    Careers are available with ecological consultancies, conservation non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the UK and abroad, public bodies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and local authorities, plus many more. 

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    For your course you will need:

    • Hardwearing outdoor clothing appropriate for a range of weather conditions including waterproofs, warm layers and sun protection. 
    • Appropriate footwear including wellington boots and walking boots. 
    • Binoculars and hand lens.
    • Rucksack for trips and visits.
    • Stationery for use in class and to organise your work and assignments.
    • A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity, is strongly recommended. 


    Additional costs:

    • There may be additional costs for educational visits/trips and enrichment activities.
    • There may be additional costs associated with your work placement.
    • On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.   
  • How To Apply

    Application for the full-time course is through UCAS using code C1F7 and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.

    Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.

  • Programme Guide

    Download our programme guides to find our more about studying the BSc (Hons) Ecology and Environmental Management (Top Up) programme at either our Bishop Burton campus or Riseholme campus.

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