BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation Management Degree
There is an increasing need for modern conservation management for trained graduate ecologists with academic knowledge grounded in field experience and competent species identification skills.
The BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Conservation Management degree programme employs a scientific approach to natural resource management, conservation and sustainability and has an overall theme of applied ecological science.
Teaching and Learning
The course seeks to encourage independent thought and analysis with students undertaking investigative-style projects. You will develop the ecological expertise to enable you to solve conservation problems in the field, be able to design management plans and to effectively implement them.
The core science content of the degree includes:
- Biological and Ecological Science
- Wildlife and Habitat Management
The course builds on the College’s existing links and relationships with industry together with ensuring graduates are equipped to meet the challenges of the future such as those set out in Biodiversity 2020.
Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities
Assessment will be both formative and summative throughout the programme. Formative assessments will allow for skill development and the potential for you to develop both research and study skills as well as the technical and subject-specific knowledge.
There is a wide range of summative assessment used during the course including written assignments, project-based reports, practically based portfolios, presentations, lab reports, open and closed examinations.
What grades will I need?
GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or L2 Functional skills in Maths and English.
- Three A Level passes, including two at Grade C or above – one A Level C should be in a Science
- or BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM
- or City & Guilds Ext. Diploma at a Merit with at least six units at Distinction or above
- or a Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3
Where will it lead me?
Many graduates progress from this course into employment within the conservation/ ecology sector including positions in site management work, consultancy work, with government bodies such as Natural England and with NGOs.
The course will also prepare you for postgraduate study and some students do opt to progress onto MSc courses and beyond once they have completed their studies at Sparsholt. This course will develop an existing practitioner’s skills to run their own business successfully.