This course is aimed at students who wish to develop a career within wildlife conservation and ecology. You will be provided with a unique combination of academic study and practical fieldwork in order to develop a range of academic and professional skills, plus knowledge of wildlife conservation, ecology and related disciplines.
Why Study Wildlife Conservation and Ecology with us?
As a student studying Wildlife Conservation and Ecology, you will have regular access to the Reaseheath College estate, which boasts a range of wildlife species to study.
Additionally, you can expect an interactive and personable learning experience that draws upon the expertise of our team of dedicated staff, with whom you will be able to engage in study through the use of our first-class facilities on campus, our community projects, and also via overseas study opportunities.
|GCE A Level||
112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC. The Department requires one of the following subjects as essential for entry:
GCE A Level: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Science
BTEC Extended Diploma (Applied Science or Animal Care/Management): DMM
BTEC Diploma (Applied Science or Animal Care/Management): D*D*
BBBB including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology
26 points including 5 in HL Biology or HL Chemistry
Access to HE Diploma (Science), to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will develop essential knowledge and skills in wildlife conservation, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, with an emphasis on practical experience. A heavy emphasis at Level 4 study will also be placed on the development of academic skills via regular tutoring with an assigned course manager.
What will I learn?
Year 2 (Level 5) sees a shift in emphasis to more academic and research-informed study, including themes in population management, applied research and species rehabilitation. A two-to-five-week work placement is also included as part of the course, either within the UK or overseas.
What will I learn?
In Year 3 (Level 6), you will continue your studies via more specific pathways that are designed to advance both your academic expertise and professional skills in wildlife conservation and ecology. Additionally, students undertaking their final year of study will typically conduct an independent piece of scientific research, to demonstrate competencies in the application of knowledge and research skills.
" This course provides students with a distinct opportunity to study amongst a prime location where much wildlife is accessible to study. The commitment from the programme team, ensures that students learn in a supportive environment, whereby the acquisition and application of knowledge, and professional skill development are our primary goals."
How will I be taught?
You can expect to receive curriculum content via a number of pathways, including formal lectures, seminars and workshops; field exercises and practical activities; laboratory practicals; and off-site visits and visiting speakers.
Students will study between 30-37 contact hours per week, across 2-4 days. Additionally, students will be expected to study independently to reinforce learning that has taken place within formal sessions.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment of the course is innovative and may take many forms, including: essays, scientific reports, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence, practical competency assessments and examinations (end of year exams, multiple choice and short answer quizzes, and in class examinations)
Work Based Learning
As part of your studies you may take our Work Based Learning module, where you will be fully supported in securing a work placement of at least 150 hours, which you may be able to use in trying out a future career. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake a two week Experiential Learning (field course) placement overseas. Most students have the opportunity to undertake either one of these options as an integral part of their undergraduate course.
Study Abroad Opportunities
You may be offered the chance to engage in overseas learning opportunities to enhance your classroom-based learning experience. These may include opportunities to study zoological collections in Europe, but also undertaking conservation field courses within locations such as Southern Africa and South America. The main emphasis placed on overseas study is the development of professional, industry relevant skills and the application of students’ knowledge in a novel, stimulating, yet challenging environment.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Annual Tuition Fee
Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)
International Foundation Programmes
Bachelor's degree including Foundation
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
International Experiential Field Courses (Southern Africa & Peru) may be studied as part of the accredited optional module BI5909 or alternatively as an additional experience separate to formal academic study. As a guide, these opportunities cost approximately £2,300 in 2015/16. The cost included flights, accommodation, food, transfers, costs of guides, safari vehicles and other such amenities. The cost does not include travel to and from the airport, travel insurance, spending money, costs associated with personal equipment, vaccinations and anti-malarials.
International Study Tour (Netherlands). A non-accredited and non-compulsory study tour of the zoos within the Amsterdam region. As a guide, this opportunity cost approximately £450 in 2015/16. The cost included flights, accommodation, food, transfers, and costs of zoo entry, behind the scenes tours and guest speakers.
Marine Mammal Medic Course [2 days]. Studied as an optional and non-compulsory addition to the programme of study. As a guide, this opportunity cost approximately £100 in 2015/16. The cost includes tuition for external speakers, administration costs, production of certificates and ‘membership’ to first aid register.
Animal Concepts Animal Welfare Workshop [2-3 days], studied as an optional and non-compulsory addition to the programme of study. As a guide, this opportunity cost approximately £100 in 2015/16.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
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Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
Through your course and our fantastic Careers and Employability opportunities, we aim to not only further your course knowledge, but equip you with a range of transferable skills valued by employers.
Previous students have gone on to:
- Graduate Trainee in Animal Management (AET)
- Police Constable (Wildlife Crime)
- Office Administrator
Should you decide to further your journey in Higher Education, we offer a broad choice of professional, internationally recognised qualifications. This can be a popular option for students interested in developing their knowledge within a specialist area, or gaining the necessary qualification to further their career.
Here are just some of the areas our students have gone on to:
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Open Days 2017
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