Such an important subject to study in our current climate.

Dr Carol Trim

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    Duration:

    4 years

    UCAS code:

    C181

    Location(s):

    Canterbury
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    Overview

    The natural world is a complex environment, with rapid change and unforeseen consequences arising from human actions. The ability to understand and act upon these changes is a vital part of our shared sustainable future.

    Our course in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science will provide you with the interdisciplinary expertise and applied skills to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing humanity today.

    Why study Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science with Foundation Year?

    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    Our Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science team is comprised of a passionate multi-disciplinary group of experienced academics whose teaching is informed by their research.

    It includes experts in small mammal conservation, invasive species, invertebrate specialists and chemical ecologists, as well as those working on whole system analysis and human-wildlife interaction.

      All about the course

      During the foundation year, you'll learn essential study skills that you'll need as you progress through the degree.

      The course has a strong emphasis on the development of practical and employment-relevant skills through a residential field trip and regular field visits to sites around the local area.

      These will help make your real-world experiences relatable to those of the classroom and will allow you to explore and investigate a variety of natural and human-impacted environments.

      You will also develop skills for the analysis of environmental samples in our newly opened, state-of-the-art laboratories. Additional options will enable you to learn how to map the environment using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and link environmental processes to sustainability, policy-making and economic development.

      Over four years you will develop the skills to collect and analyse scientific data independently, leading you towards an independent research project in your third year of studies where you can research a topic of your own choice with specific employment goals in mind. This research can also involve local partners in conservation, such as the Kent Wildlife Trust.

      Industry Links

      The Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent was launched in March 2016. Discovery Park is a fabulous site with well over 100 companies now based there, many of which are active in the science sector.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type

      Grades

      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      32
      UCAS Points

      How you’ll learn

      You will study the modules listed below. Module descriptors will follow in due course.

      Level 0 modules:

      • Introduction to Biology
      • Introduction to Chemistry
      • Science Skills
      • Advancing Chemistry
      • Introduction to Global Environments
      • Advancing Biology

      Level 4:

      • Statistics and Introduction to R Software
      • Natural Environments
      • Human Environments
      • Chemistry for Life and Environmental Science
      • Diversity, Evolution and Ecology
      • GIS and Remote Sensing

      Level 5:

      • Global Sustainable Economic Systems
      • Applied GIS
      • Soils, Plants and Environment
      • Animal Behavioural Ecology
      • Principles of Conservation

      Optional modules at Level 5:

      • Work Placement
      • Field to Work: Farming Systems and food production

      Level 6:

      • Honours Project in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science (40 credits)
      • Animal Conservation and Husbandry
      • Climate Change: Impacts and Policy
      • Global Geopolitics and Environmental Sustainability
      • Plant Conservation Science

      You will be taught through a combination of blended learning with workshops, field visits and trips, laboratory practicals and seminars.

      Workshops will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your Personal Academic Tutor at least once each semester, but you are encouraged to arrange additional meetings as required.

      You will use industry-standard software. You will also have access to specialist facilities and equipment throughout your course.

      In the final year, you will conduct an independent research project that can cater to your particular interests and skills development. You will be supervised by a member of our academic team and guided in undertaking independent research, data analysis and presentation of your results. Depending on the topic of your project, you may also have the opportunity to collaborate with an industry partner on an industry-relevant research project.

      Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

      When not attending workshops, practical sessions, or other timetabled activities, you will continue learning through self-study that will be structured for you by the module leader for each module. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, engaging with online learning materials (videos, quizzes etc.), undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops, and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For the Honours Project module in the final year, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of our academic team, with support of other members of the teaching team where necessary. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

      All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications. They are research-active. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

      Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is also a formal or 'summative' assessment element for each of the modules. Assessment methods includes a range of coursework assessments, such as laboratory reports, literature reviews, skills assessments, presentations and your final year major project. Some modules also have a formally assessed exam. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

      Typically, there will be two coursework assessments weighted at 50% and 40% and a practical skills portfolio weighted at 10%. Some modules will have an exam that replaces the 50% piece of coursework.

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader or personal academic tutor.

      We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

      Your future career

      As a graduate from Canterbury Christ Church University, a wide range of exciting and satisfying careers in environmental consultancy, conservation non-governmental organisations and governmental agencies are available, all focused on the betterment of the planet and our relationship with it.

      Alternatively, you may wish to progress on to a Masters or PhD. Our recent alumni have gone on to do research in Hawaii and work as environmental consultants.

      Fees

      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,625 £7,250

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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      Duration:

      4 years

      UCAS code:

      C181

      Location(s):

      Canterbury
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