FdSc Wildlife and Environmental Conservation -

FdSc Wildlife and Environmental Conservation

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 4
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

The Wildlife and Environmental Conservation programme will provide a comprehensive understanding of the scientific study of wildlife and the diversity of living organisms. There is opportunity to develop skills and enhance knowledge across a range of environmental based industries, including wildlife conservation, habitat management and ecological consultancy.



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What you will learn

This two-year Foundation degree will cover a range of themes including wildlife biology, habitat management, evolution and taxonomy, practical field research, current industry techniques and technologies. All aspects have been tailored to provide successful students with the best skill-set for their chosen industry.

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, students have access to a fully working collection, accessing the resources can have the ability to get involved with the park during your study. Taking 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 in this degree.

Year 1 Modules

  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Diversity of Life
  • Conservation & Wildlife Management
  • Ecological Conservation Skills
  • Anthroecology

Elective Modules (choose one)

  • Wildlife Ethics, Law and Legislation
  • River and Ocean Systems


Year 2 Modules

  • Independent Research Project
  • Professional Skills in Wildlife and Land Management
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Management of Habitats and Protected Areas
  • Introduction to Conservation Genetics

Elective Business Modules (elect one)

  • Business Enterprise
  • Conservation Project and Event 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 top-up courses, (BSc Animal Conservation, BSc Zoo Management or BSc Animal Management) allowing students to graduate with a BSc or BSc(Hons) degree.

Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industries focused on ecological surveying, habitat management, species and environmental conservation as well as conservation planning and policy or working on the field of conservation education.

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)


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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