BSc (Hons) Countryside Management (Top-up)
Whether you already work in this arena or aspire to, you will advance your environmental and landscape knowledge and gain the necessary skills and understanding to make informed and effective countryside management decisions.
Graduates have gone on to work at nationally-recognised organisations such as Natural England, Historic England, National Trust and The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.
There is flexibility built into the course. Part-time students in employment can complete the work-based Research Project and reduce the time required to attend campus-based modules. You will also have the opportunity to undertake research in ecology and land-use on a seven to ten day study tour. Previous destinations have included Costa Rica and Namibia.
You will benefit from the numerous links with colleagues who work in the countryside sector, both through field visits and visiting guest lecturers. Your Research Project will give you great opportunities to work directly with industry partners. Previous examples have considered how to manage habitats at the landscape scale for adders and how to protect vulnerable sites through use of appropriate signage.
- A Foundation Degree or a Merit level HND Award in a related subject.
- GCSE: no specific English and Mathematics requirements
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You will study a core module in countryside management and complete a Research Project. You will also choose five elective modules, tailoring these to your interests and career aspirations. The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and group projects. This is further enhanced through field visits hosted by environmental organisations and land managers working within the countryside sector. Modules are assessed through a range of techniques including research projects, examinations, presentations and case studies. If the elective Ecology Study Tour is selected, there will be a student contribution of up to £1,000 and an institutional contribution of up to £1,000.
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 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly)
The modules available for this course are as follows:
Elective modules – choice of FIVE electives selected from:
- 3080 Heritage Property
- 3230 Ecology Study Tour
- 3013 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
- 3085 Climate Change and Development
- 3102 Improving Personal Professional Practice
- 3203 Natural Resource Management
- 3207 Farming and Integrated Environmental Local Delivery (FIELD)
- 3093 Farmland Ecology
- 3010 Game and Deer Management
- 3250 Heritage Study Tour
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
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). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
- Re-sit examination or coursework re-submission fees are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75)
For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
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Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers with nationally-recognised organisations and in roles such as:
- Reserve manager
- Estate manager
- Archaeological consultant
- Ecological consultant / surveyor
- Conservation / biodiversity officer
- Agri-environment manager
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
Thomas Edwards, BSc (Hons) Countryside Management, 2016 - “My passion for the natural environment led me to the BSc (Hons) Countryside Management (Top-up) at the RAU. The course boasts a wide range of modules and I was able to hone my academic studies towards a career path that suited me. I received excellence support from the lecturers who provided the knowledge I needed to excel. Upon graduating, I enrolled on to a Masters by Research degree at the RAU, supported by Thames Water. The RAU has provided me will brilliant career prospects within environmental research consultancy.”
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