BSc (Hons) Conservation and Ecology Top-Up Course

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

A β€˜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

Dive into the heart of nature with the BSc (Hons) Conservation and Ecology (top-up) programme, a beacon for those who want to make a significant impact to wildlife conservation. This course can act as gateway to a fulfilling career in conservation, blending advances in conservation and ecological sciences with practical, hands-on experiences that bring your learning to life.



Awarding Body: Harper Adams University

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What you will learn

As you navigate through this programme, you’ll delve into the realms of sustainability and environmental change, equipped with the latest knowledge to face these challenges head-on. Your journey will be enriched by in-depth studies of diverse wildlife species, where you’ll sharpen your skills in surveying techniques and management. Beyond the field, gain a comprehensive understanding of how conservation projects and organizations are born, thrive, and make a lasting impact on our planet.

Learning doesn’t stop within classroom walls; as University Centre Askham Bryan has access to the licensed and BIAZA-accredited Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park. This unique on-site resource offers you unparalleled access to a living laboratory where you can engage directly with conservation projects, supporting your research and fuelling your passion.

We are located close to vibrant city of York, our main campus boasts a range of habitats and is a gateway to a variety of renowned nature reserves and conservation sites, including Wildlife Trust, RSPB reserves, and local sanctuaries. This helps to extend your classroom into the wild, allowing you to apply and refine your skills in real-world settings.

This course can help you to make your passion for wildlife and conservation become your profession and a first step towards safeguarding the future of our planet.

This programme is a ‘top-up’ route to a BSc Honours Degree for those who already hold a level 5 qualification e.g. Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification.

This course is 1-year full time (part-time study may also be available – contact for more information about part-time study).

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

Applicants should have achieved:

β€’ BSC Top-Up (Hons) Merit or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.

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 directly.

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 and 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 Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree/ Higher National Diploma – Β£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/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – Β£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.

University Centre Askham Bryan fosters diverse talents and skills through a range of engaging assessment methods tailored to hone industry standard subject skills, as well as transferable skills and graduate attributes. From traditional coursework to time-constrained assessments that sharpen quick thinking, with each assessment opportunity you can showcase your abilities.

Engage in online assessments blending technology with information for adaptable problem-solving. Whilst presentations amplify your voice, and scholarly viva-voce discussions deepen understanding. Practical assessments bridge theory with real-world application, helping to shape your subject expertise. There is also opportunity to undertake applied research as part of an honours research project.

With our varied approach, learning isn’t just about meeting standardsβ€”it’s about discovering your potential within an educational landscape.

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 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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