The Course

This course is aimed at those wishing to pursue careers within the ecology sector.

Students will explore the issues faced by habitats and species and put forward innovative, forward-thinking, evidence-based solutions.  

The programme aims to:

  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of a broad range of UK species and habitats. 
  • Provide opportunities to develop and apply understanding of key ecological principles, particularly in ecological assessment and research.
  • Provide opportunities to critically analyse and evaluate UK wildlife legislation and policy.
  • Develop graduates with the appropriate skills and understanding to allow them to enter a diverse range of employment opportunities within the ecology sector in the UK and abroad, including in ecological consultancy. 
  • Set UK ecology in a global context.

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.

Awarded by University of Hull

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Financial Information

Find the full details on the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available here.

The programme content is designed to be appropriate to the needs of the sector and to enable students to progress to third-year degree level study, i.e. our BSc Ecology and Environmental Management (Top Up) programme.

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  • What You Study

    • Wildlife identification and survey techniques
    • The principles of ecology
    • Geographical information systems
    • Wildlife legislation and habitat assessment
    • Habitat management planning
    • Fauna and flora surveying
    • Research skills.

    Business and employment elements are included to improve transferable skills and give students a thorough insight into their chosen career path.

    There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations in the field.

  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 80 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification.
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent 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.
    • Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 16 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. 

  • Work Experience

    Work experience is an integral part of the course. Past students have gained placements with a variety of ecological and environmental 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.

  • 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.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes portfolio work, wildlife surveys, case studies, written reports, work placement records, presentations, research projects, geographic information system (GIS) mapping and habitat management plans. 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 on to the BSc Ecology and Environmental Management (Top-Up) programme.

  • Careers

    Careers are available with ecological consultancies, conservation non-government 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 such as steel toe-capped boots
    • 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 C1F8 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.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our programme guides to find our more about studying the FdSc Ecology and Environmental Management programme at either our Bishop Burton campus or Riseholme campus.

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