BSc/BSc (Hons) Conservation and Ecology (Top-Up)

A ‘top up route’ to a BSc honours degree for those who already hold a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification.

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 6
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

The BSc (Hons) Conservation and Ecology Top-Up degree programme has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enter careers related to the conservation of habitats and animals in-situ. Areas relating to recent advances, the sustainability of the industry and environmental change are incorporated.



Awarding Body: Harper Adams University

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What you will learn

You will focus on recent advances in conservation and ecological sciences; including sustainability and environmental change. You will study a range of wildlife species, developing your survey, census and management skills and a deeper understanding how conservation projects and organisations are developed and managed. Knowledge of business principles and management skills will also be developed, allowing you to work effectively at management level within a company.

Making use of the on-campus facilities, University Centre Askham Bryan has access to its own licensed and BIAZA accredited wildlife park, Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park.

With this resource on site, you have access to a fully working collection and during your study and the opportunity to take part in the conservation projects the wildlife park has underway supporting your research modules. In addition to the wildlife park on site, the York campus is located in an ideal spot for access to a range of Wildlife Trust, RSPB and local nature reserves to support you in your application of the skills developed on this degree.

Core Modules

  • Research Project
  • Practical Skills in Ecology
  • Wildlife Disease and Population Management

Elective Modules

  • Sustainable Development in the Animal Industries
  • Sustainable Conservation Education
  • Marine Conservation
  • Reintroduction and Restoration

Key Information

BSc (Hons) Top Up*

Merit or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.


An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status. Some students may be asked to attend an interview.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to entry qualifications, then please contact the University Centre team directly.

*Prospective students will be invited to an applicant day, some students may also be called for an interview.

Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industry as an environmental consultant, wildlife manager, park warden, ranger, conservation officer, lecturer, environmental ecologist.

Many students may progress further onto a Masters, PhD or other professional body courses.

UK, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree/ Higher National Diploma – £9,000

Please note that the fee status of each applicant will be assessed prior to any offer being made (Home Fee or Overseas/International Fee). Where required further information may be requested ensure the correct fee status is allocated. For further information about on studying in the UK and fee status, please visit UKCISA

Non-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000

There is no requirement for students to undertake work experience as part of the Top Up degree.

However, we would always encourage students to continue their professional development with undertaking experience in their own time.

Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment.

There are a range of assessment methods used, including reports, case studies, presentations, Viva -Voce, continual assessments and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.

In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable, , students will need to budget for extra costs as part of this course and will be responsible to cover them. Below is a list with approximate cost to help with your budgeting.

Below is a link to a list with approximate additional course costs to help with your budgeting.

Additional Course Costs (UCAB)


International Trip Opportunities

Our students get great opportunities for study trips abroad to experience some amazing places such as Borneo, South Africa, Bangkok, Tenerife and even sunny South Wales.


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