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Ecology and Conservation Practice

BSc (Hons)

91% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2017

100% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

Excellent facilities

Including specialist labs, nature reserve & £30 million Science Centre 

UCAS code:
CD13
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 14 June 2019
16 September 2019 - 12 June 2020
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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.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation Practice

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation Practice

Course content

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 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 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Bioscience Concepts and Practice
Structure and Function
Principles of Ecology
Animal Diversity and Fieldcourse
Comparative Behaviour
Year 2 compulsory modules
Professional Practice and Placement
Adaptation and Survival
Ecology of Habitats
Animal Survey and Identification Skills
Year 3 compulsory modules
Research Project
Vertebrate Conservation
Contemporary Issues in Conservation
Habitat Management
Animal Health and Welfare

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM, Applied Science or Animal Management
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM, Applied Science or Animal Management

Facilities

Careers

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.

Teaching

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.

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.

Assessment

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.

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.

Learning support

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).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

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.

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.

Staff

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 Reiling
Kevin Reiling Course Leader

Kevin’s research explores the environmental impacts of aerial pollutants and toxic metals. He is also interested in the public understanding of science.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

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).

Our students

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James Heywood
Animal Biology and Conservation student

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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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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