FdSc Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management
You will learn how to become an effective manager in the countryside, combining your understanding of ecology, landscape development, cultural history and heritage management.
This course has been designed with environmental conservation and heritage organisations, enhancing graduate employability. Our graduates have gone on to work at The National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, Cotswold Archaeology and many more.
You will gain training in a range of industry skills, with the opportunity to complete recognised training courses in machinery and equipment operations at our John Oldacre Rural Innovation Centre, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee.
After successfully completing the Foundation degree you may wish to consider enrolling for additional year of study on the BSc (Hons) Countryside Management (Top-up) to obtain an Honours degree.
You will complete a 30-day period of compulsory work placement, usually during the summer holiday between your first and second year, to gain an in-depth experience of wildlife, heritage, and environmental management activities within the sector. You will produce a portfolio of evidence of this learning experience.
- UCAS points: 56
- A Level: CD (minimum one A2 Level pass)
- BTEC: MPP
- GCSE: English and Mathematics Grade C are required (Grade 4 for new GCSEs)
- 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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Benefit from a course designed in partnership with Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both institutions.
You will undertake habitat surveys, research projects, presentations and produce information resources. You will also be assessed through a wide range of techniques including inquiry-based learning, examinations, case studies, business plans, portfolios, presentations and practical skills. You will be required to supervise and mentor first year students on practical conservation activities as part of your training in volunteer management.
You will also gain experience in the field, with previous trips including the Gower Peninsula, the Somerset Levels and numerous local sites.
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). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
- Re-sit examination fees or coursework re-submissions 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:
- Countryside Ranger
- Wildlife Reserve Manager
- Ecological Surveyor
- Conservation / Biodiversity Officer
- Farming and Wildlife Advisor
- Environmental Education Officer
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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