Are you interested in wildlife and nature conservation? This is an inspirational, field-based practical course situated on the Cornwall College Newquay campus, adjacent to Newquay Zoo.
On this programme you will learn about ecology (how organisms interact with each other and with their physical environment) and how we conserve species and habitats. This requires knowledge about how to observe, survey, monitor and manage species and where they live. You will develop skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other relevant field and research skills.
Teaching will be through traditional lectures, fieldwork, labwork and workshops. All our lecturers are experts in their particular field with wide-ranging qualifications, interests and experience. Some topics will be delivered by experts from organisations such as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the National Trust. Guest speakers play an important role in your learning and they are used regularly to provide more expert knowledge in some of the specialised modules.
You will demonstrate your learning through a diverse range of assessments, including practical work in the lab or field, seminar presentations, exams, in-class tests and problem-based learning exercises.
Work-related learning is a valuable part of the programme and you will undertake work experience locally or overseas. In this way, you will gain experience and develop graduate-level skills in the type of work that you hope to do, and learn about the expectations of those who may employ you. The contacts you make during your work experience may well be your link to future employment.
During the programme, you will have plenty of opportunity to visit the broad range of habitats and environments in Cornwall. We also run optional residential field trips or research projects to destinations further afield, including Borneo, Honduras, South Africa and the Scilly Isles.
At the end of the programme you will be equipped with the academic qualifications, personal qualities, vocational skills and techniques essential for a career in the ecological or environmental sector.
Possible Progression (subject to availability)
– BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) (Level 6) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management (top-up) (final year/Level 6) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (final year/Level 6) at Plymouth University
– BSc (Hons) Biosciences (top-up) (final year/Level 6) at Plymouth University
– BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology (entry at Level 5) at Plymouth University
– Field Ecologist or Ecological Consultant
– Work in conservation Charities, e.g. Wildlife Trust Media, Environmental Journalism
– Work in Government Organisations, e.g. Natural England, Environment Agency
– Council conservation officer
– Reserve Manager
– Research or Teaching
– Field Guide in the UK or abroad
- UCAS Code: C180
- Institution codes: CORN C78
- Awarded by: University of Plymouth
- Fees: Fees Explained
- Grade C/grade 4 or above for GCSE English Language, Science and Mathematics. Alternatives at Level 2 may be considered.
- 48 UCAS points from AS or A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level).
- Other level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject are also acceptable. For example, Pass Grades from BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma (different grades may be requested for specific units).
- 45 credits at level 3 from Access to HE Diplomas (different grades may be requested for specific units).
- Mature applicants with relevant experience, but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.
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Course DocumentsFdSc Conservation Ecology Handbook (2017-18) (01 Dec 17) updated Feb 18
Indicative Module Year 1
- Ecology of Aquatic Systems
- Bird Survey Techniques
- Diversity, Classification & Evolution
- The British Countryside
- Introduction to Ecology
- Personal & Employability Skills Development
Indicative Module Year 2
- Genetics for Conservation
- Individual Research Project
- Habitat Survey & GIS
- Zoological Conservation in Practice
- Freshwater Ecology
- Ecology, Survey & Management of Mammals and Herptiles
- Vertebrate Zoology & Conservation
- Invertebrate Ecology & Survey
- Fish Ecology
*Modules are subject to change and availability
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.
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