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FdSc Conservation & Countryside Management

For 2019 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 5 Agriculture & Countryside Management

If you are interested in specialising in the management of wildlife and the countryside, this programme can give you the relevant skills to work in the industry.

The programme includes work experience to give you hands-on knowledge and an insight into employment in the sector.

The programme is studied two days a week with a combination of classroom theory sessions and practical sessions in the field, giving experience of wildlife surveying and monitoring skills, and practical conservation techniques. The field sessions are supported by a range of taught sessions, tutorials and seminars; learning in a friendly environment with experts. The programme includes many visits to a wealth of diverse habitats in easy reach of the Bicton campus such as heathlands, woodlands and coastal habitats including sand dunes, estuaries, beaches and rocky shores. You will have the opportunity to carry out an individual piece of research which can be linked to one of the many organisations assisting with this programme. You can also take part in a week-long field course at a siteof conservation interest.

The programme has been designed in close consultation with the conservation industry, making it extremely relevant for those planning a career in conservation and countryside management. Input from staff from the conservation industry will enable you to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.

Possible Progressions (subject to availability)

– BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management final year at Duchy Stoke

– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management final year at Camborne

– BSc (Hons) Environmental Science final year at Plymouth University

Possible Careers

– Senior Warden with Wildlife Trusts

– Countryside Officer with a Local Authority

– Countryside Ranger

– Positions with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and the National Trust


Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: DN4F
  • Institution codes: B18
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.


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Course Documents

FdSc Conservation Countryside Mgt Bicton Handbook updated Feb 2018


Indicative Module Year 1

- British Countryside

- Biodiversity

- Personal & Employability Skills Development

- Practical Conservation Skills

- Field Botany

- Research Skills

- Ecological Survey Techniques


Indicative Module Year 2

- Research Project

- Wildlife Identification & Recording

- Environmental Education

- Habitat Management

- Coastal & Freshwater Ecology

- Conservation Work Placement

- Ecology


*Modules are subject to change and availability




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If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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