FdSc Applied Sustainable Land Management -

FdSc Applied Sustainable Land Management

This programme is subject to a validation for a September 2023 start.

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 4
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

The FdSc Applied Sustainable Land Management programme allows you to build your skills and research knowledge around ecology, habitats, conservation and wildlife management..



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What you will learn

This programme is aimed at those wanting to work in land management. The course will provide learners with underpinning knowledge of land management, legislation and environmental sustainability. There will be an emphasis on the development of communication, academic writing and teamworking skills, and practical skills such undertaking ecological surveys, managing habitats and agribusiness. Work placement forms an essential part of the course allowing on the job training and development of further skills to make students more employable.

Making use of the on-campus facilities, University Centre Askham Bryan has access to Askham Bog nature reserve, its own licensed and BIAZA accredited wildlife park, working farm, and well equipped science centre with specialist laboratories. With these resource on site, students have access to a range of fully working and industry specific resources that you can have the ability to get involved with during your study.


Year 1 Modules

  • Academic Writing and Research
  • Applied Farm and Estate Skills
  • Conservation & Wildlife Management
  • Land and Environmental Law

Elective Modules (elect one)

  • Sustainable Use of Environmental Resources
  • River and Ocean Systems

Year 2 Modules

  • Applied Planning and Policy (with research project)
  • Professional Skills in Wildlife and Land Management
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Rural Economy and Communities

Elective Modules (elect two)

  • Agri-Business
  • Conservation Project and Event Management
  • Management of Habitats and Protected Areas
  • Contemporary Issues in Countryside Management


Key Information

Applicants should have achieved 48 UCAS points plus 5 GCSE’s including English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSE’s. Applicants must have successfully completed a full Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience.

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.

On successful completion, students may wish to consider progressing onto one of the University Centre’s Agriculture or Animal Conservation top ups

Students alternatively may wish to consider careers in a variety of industries focused on land management and environmental sustainability.

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

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

This programme requires students to undertake 300 hours of work placement, with 150 completed each academic year. Work placement is completed with an external provider which is arranged by the student. All work placements are subject to a health and safety check by the college to ensure that placements are suitable and safe. Support can be made available via the module tutor to help locate a suitable placement.

If you are already working in the sector, it may be possible to APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) this element of the course. Evidence of such employment will be needed, outlining duties etc for consideration at the APL panel, where applications will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to this, then please contact the University Centre team directly.

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

There is 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 some extra costs as part of this course, which you will need to pay for yourself.

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

Additional Course Costs (UCAB)

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