FdSc Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management
This course has been developed in response to the increasing demand for employees within the environmental, conservation and heritage sectors from those organisations who are involved in the conservation and preservation of our landscapes, habitats and historic resources.
The RAU motto, 'Arvorum Cultus Pecorumque', which means 'Caring for the Fields and the Beasts', perfectly captures the ethos of this comprehensive environmental conservation course.
Designed with the input of industry and research specialists as well as our partners at Cirencester College, it offers a unique blend of academic and practical training that will be your professional gateway into environmental, conservation and heritage sectors.
Should you wish to advance your studies, you may progress on to an appropriate BSc Honours course, such as BSc (Hons) Countryside Management at the RAU. Progression opportunities will also be available to appropriate honours conversion courses at other HEIs in the UK.
A work placement during the summer holiday between your first and second year gives you the added benefit of embedding all that you learn with field experience, strengthening your portfolio.
- A Level: CD – min.56 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least one A Level pass.)
- BTEC: MPP
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
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During your first year, you will master the key principles of environmental conservation: ecology, landscape development, cultural history, and heritage management, leading to a Certificate of Higher Education. This will equip you with the skills to complete the second year conducting habitat surveys and research projects, and producing presentations and information resources.
Practical conservation, archaeological and field skills are an essential part of the course, with opportunities to complete certificated courses in machinery and equipment operations relevant to conservation activities. The cost of training courses, which are taught at the Rural Innovation Centre, are included in the tuition fees.
You will be assessed on your research projects, examinations, case studies, business plans, portfolio, presentations, and practical skills. You will also be required to supervise and mentor first-year students on practical conservation activities as part of your training in volunteer management.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the foundation degree as a whole. The overall grade for your foundation degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 4 and level 5 (weighted 30:70).
Course modules include:
- 1133 Landscape Cultural History and Change
- 1134 Field Ecology
- 1135 Heritage Management 1
- 1136 Practical Conservation Skills
- 1257 Species and Environment
- 1303 Introducing Environmental Conservation and Heritage
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission) and relevant courses at the RAU Rural Innovation Centre. Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
|Part-time||£4,625 per year (Duration of course 4 years)||£5,000 per year (Duration of course 4 years)|
Part-time fees will be charged on a pro-rata basis.
Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
Please note: International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General) that allows them to undertake part-time study and their visa does not expire prior to the end date of the proposed course of study.
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The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
This conservation course is an ideal route into employment, with graduates successfully transitioning into roles with statutory agencies such as Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency, as well as non-governmental organisations, which include the National Trust, Forestry Commission, RSPB, FWAG and the Wildlife Trusts.
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
Lloyd Cockram, FdSc Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management graduate, 2014 - “I was drawn to the Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management course by the dual emphasis on academic tuition and practical experience. The flexibility of the course allowed me to explore my own interests while enjoying an engaging curriculum. The support of the lecturers helped me to meet all challenges and realise my own potential. I decided to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Countryside Management top-up course at the RAU, and then, having developed an interest in environmental research, decided to embark on a PhD. It is a real testament to my opinion of the RAU, that after three years studying here, I would readily commit to three more.”
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