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

This programme will help you to develop knowledge and skills which are essential for working conservationists and ecologists.

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  • Location

    Merrist Wood College

  • Pathway

    Arboriculture and Countryside Management

You will develop expertise through research, surveying and data collection, and will apply knowledge of ecosystems to environmental issues and novel approaches to conserving wildlife. You will be given fieldwork opportunities both on site and in an array of local habitats.

Tuition Fees

Home/EU* Fee for September 2022 entry: £8,000 per year

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students.

*Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

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  • Conservation Technologies and Science Communication (30 credits)
  • Creating Sustainable Futures (30 credits)
  • Behavioural Ecology (30 credits)
  • Research Project (30 credits)

You will be continually assessed through assignments, project work, oral presentations, poster presentations, seminars, group discussions and a dissertation.

There will also be a small number of exams, for which you will be prepared.

You could work within wildlife conservation and ecology, in areas of wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management.

Job roles could include wildlife conservation officer, wildlife biologist, countryside warden/park ranger or gamekeeper.

Grade 4 at GCSE for English, maths and science.

Wildlife and Conservation Foundation Degree (or suitable equivalent subject) with a minimum Pass profile.

If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need an academic IELTS pass of 6 or better to attend this course.

Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. All courses will be listed under Activate Learning on the UCAS website.

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Why Banbury and Bicester College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 2018

    Rated "good with outstanding areas" by Ofsted in 2018

  • 79+

    years of teaching experience

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