Wildlife Conservation, FdSc

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100% of graduates from this course are in employment or embarking on further study within six months of graduation. This course offers the opportunity to study the scientific principles of animal function and behaviour and to apply wildlife surveying and monitoring skills, experiencing conservation management at first hand using the diverse habitats at Brackenhurst campus.

The foundation degree takes a more vocational approach to learning than the BSc (Hons) degree. It puts more emphasis on your development and learning through practical experiences. You will apply your knowledge to various wildlife conservation situations around the picturesque Brackenhurst estate, which is an ideal lear…

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100% of graduates from this course are in employment or embarking on further study within six months of graduation. This course offers the opportunity to study the scientific principles of animal function and behaviour and to apply wildlife surveying and monitoring skills, experiencing conservation management at first hand using the diverse habitats at Brackenhurst campus.

The foundation degree takes a more vocational approach to learning than the BSc (Hons) degree. It puts more emphasis on your development and learning through practical experiences. You will apply your knowledge to various wildlife conservation situations around the picturesque Brackenhurst estate, which is an ideal learning environment for this course.

Why choose this course?
  • Industry representatives have worked with us to develop this course.
  • Your studies will benefit from the brand new 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus library due to open in Autumn 2013.
  • Students who are achieving a high academic standard may progress from the foundation degree to the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation.

Fieldwork
You will have the opportunity to help with projects such as:

  • great crested newt surveying
  • bird ringing
  • small mammal trapping.

We also have facilities such as the Bird Hide and Animal Unit for studying wildlife in natural and constructed habitats.

Want to find out more?
  • Book your place on an open day.
  • Check out our Flickr photostream!
  • Find out more about the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.

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How many places are available?

There are 15 places available on this course.

When does the course start?

Please see the academic calendar for course dates.

Where will I study?

Brackenhurst campus is the ideal environment to study Wildlife Conservation. It's a picturesque 200-hectare estate with:

  • farmland
  • woodland
  • wetland
  • a diverse range of habitats and wildlife species.
What will I study? Modules

Year One

Biodiversity Conservation
This module explores a variety of life, covering:

  • classification
  • how biodiversity is measured.

You will be introduced to the issues of:

  • evolution
  • causes of extinction
  • the conservation of species.

Ecology, Terrestrial and Water
This module studies the abundance and distribution of species. You will gain a scientific understanding of the interaction of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors in relation to the distribution of populations and communities within ecosystems.

The information covered underpins many second and third year modules.

Personal Conservation Skills
This module investigates practical skills including:

  • hand-tool use
  • tree-planting
  • coppicing
  • animal handling.

Animal Behaviour
You will study topics including:

  • learning
  • sexual behaviour
  • communication
  • aggression
  • social structure
  • resource acquisition
  • behaviour in captive and natural environments.

Personal Development Skills
You will develop the transferable skills necessary to:

  • write scientific reports
  • work in a team
  • use a range of computer software.

Wildlife Surveying
Sessions involve off-site surveys and data analysis workshops. You will learn a range of common survey techniques.

Year Two

Wildlife Health, Genetics and Breeding
You will gain an understanding of the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of pathogenic diseases. You will also be introduced to:

  • field of reproductive physiology
  • principles of inheritance
  • the application of these principles in breeding programmes.

Applied Habitat Management
This module is delivered across the Brackenhurst estate as a series of:

  • site-based evaluations
  • data analysis and discussion workshops
  • seminars and lectures.

Integrated Project
You will need to prepare a report and presentation based on the survey of a site. The aim is to improve its value to nature conservation.

Industry Placement
You will do a short industrial placement within the wildlife conservation sector.

Wildlife Law and Policy
This module introduces the broad range of legal and policy issues that affect those engaged in protecting the environment, including countryside access and wildlife conservation. Topics covered include the:

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act
  • European directives
  • international conventions.

Environmental Monitoring and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
This module provides an understanding of the processes involved in environmental monitoring especially through the use of GIS.

Contact hours

You will have 14 scheduled contact hours per week, of which approximately three hours will be practical work.

What do the course fees cover?

The annual fee for your undergraduate degree course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition:

  • You will have a pre-paid printing allowance of £20 (which currently equates to up to 400 sides of A4 black and white printing) for use in NTU Print Shops.
  • We will supply you with laboratory equipment, coats and safety equipment, where required.
  • There is a fee waiver for Year Abroad/Sandwich year when it is part of a course.
  • You will not have to pay any additional administration fees for your international exchange.
  • You will be given two tickets to the Graduation Ceremony (any additional tickets will incur a fee).
What is not included in the fee?

You will need to budget for:

  • general printing of coursework in addition to the printing allowance
  • books and texts
  • accommodation and travel costs
  • travel and accommodation costs involved in year abroad, sandwich year or any placements you take
  • graduation social events
  • additional field trip or field work costs where not borne by the School.

Language classes are available via the University Language Programme at a very reasonable additional fee, alongside your chosen course. These do not bear credit towards your course.

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You will be studying in the ideal environment for Wildlife Conservation. Brackenhurst campus is a 200-hectare estate with:

  • farmland
  • woodland
  • wetland
  • a diverse range of habitats and wildlife species.

We provide a wide range of facilities that will contribute to your learning on this course, which includes our outdoor classroom and environment centre with wildlife webcams.

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