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Our Ecology and Conservation Practice degree is ideally suited to those wishing to work in the fields of wildlife management or conservation.
Our Ecology and Conservation Practice degree is designed to help you develop the skills and insights required for effective conservation of wildlife in their natural habitats in the coming decades. You will get to work from our Science Centre, with our own nature reserve next door.
The course is ideally suited to people wishing to work in conservation and help sustain and protect the planet for generations to come. You will acquire the skills and knowledge of a scientific practitioner through experience-based activities, designed around a core programme of practical exercises and workshops, supported by lecture material. Fieldwork is incorporated throughout and you’ll take part in individual and small group tutorials to help personalise your development and enable valuable one-to-one feedback.
A foundation year is available if you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the degree level course. High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study on one of our biological sciences courses. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biological Science degree as well as our other biological science based courses. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation Practice
This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
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Our specifically designed Science Centre includes specialist laboratories, interview suites, and dedicated specialist equipment.
Owned and managed by the University, the Reserve is bordered to the north by the River Trent and to the South by an area of grassland used for teaching and research.
Our £30 million Science Centre in Stoke-on-Trent contains specialist laboratories with the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
Graduates from our Ecology and Conservation Practice degree gain employment in a variety of roles, with conservation-orientated careers a common destination. These include work as environmental consultants in organisations such as Penny Anderson Associates and Apex Ecology, whilst others gain employment with wildlife trusts, English Nature, and the RSBP.
Others have used their subject specialism and their transferable graduate skills to pursue research careers or to progress into teaching and/or management positions.
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You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.
Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:
When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and specialist teaching areas.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
Kevin’s research explores the environmental impacts of aerial pollutants and toxic metals. He is also interested in the public understanding of science.
For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.
**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.
International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).
There will be no cost for the placement year for this year of study in 2018/19.* However, you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, as well as accommodation and any other associated costs
*Placement fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed. Further information will be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation
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As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.
All the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their course area. They have great practical experience, which they bring into our lectures and work in the lab. There are great facilities and a variety of equipment we can use. A lot of this I will use in my future career.
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Staffordshire University Biological & Biomedical Sciences
The official but non-formal page for students, alumni, staff and friends from any of our awards.
Our versatile Biological Science degree will help you understand and examine the living world around you.
This course covers modern developments involving the application of biosciences in relation to the field of forensic science.
15/12/2018 18:58:59 / Ecology and Conservation Practice / Full-time / 17.0 / 26.0 / SSTK-11763
15/12/2018 18:58:59 / Ecology and Conservation Practice / Full-time, with a placement year / 1.0 / 26.0 / SSTK-11762
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