Bachelor of Science Applied Ecology and Conservation


Program Description


This BSc (Hons) course has been designed to provide students with the skillset necessary to apply ecological knowledge to the conservation and restoration of habitats.

As the anthropogenic impact on the natural environment continues to cause concern, there is a need for professionals who possess the skills and knowledge to provide effective habitat management with a view to supporting sustainable development. You will learn how to assess the need for habitat management. The course will provide you will the knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement habitat management plans that target predetermined goals for improvement.

The course covers key elements of applied ecology, with an emphasis on environment and habitats necessary to support life. You will be given the opportunity to develop your specialist knowledge of particular issues facing nature conservation in the 21st century. The course takes full advantage of our rural campus and extensive range of habitats, benefitting from out excellent industrial links and partnerships in the countryside sector.

Course subject to approval


Typical modules are likely to include:

Level 4

  • Woodland Management
  • Fisheries and Waterways
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • ASSET (academic study skills and employability)
  • Soil Science

Level 5

  • Biodiversity and Evolution
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Habitat Conservation Project (Double Module)

Level 6

  • Ecological Economics
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Dissertation (Double Module)
  • Contemporary Issues in Landscape and Habitat Management


BSc(Hons) Applied Ecology and Conservation


Each module has its own specific assessment profile, for example, 100% Coursework or 50% coursework and 50% written the examination. Modules are assessed using a variety of methods (real-life case studies, professional projects, reports and essays, presentations and video documentaries, research dissertation) thus allowing students to develop a range of skills related to the subject area and to build confidence in the subject and in themselves.


Applications should be made through UCAS using the institution code for Warwickshire College – W25 and the Course Code: tba. Please note the UCAS code will be added shortly - please contact Moreton Morrell College if you would like to apply before the code is posted here.

If you are interested in joining the college in September 2017, we would welcome you to take part in one of our Open Events. You will take a tour of the campus, receive a presentation from staff and take away lots of useful information about studying at Warwickshire College and of course, get a 'feel' for what it might be like to be a student here.


Minimum qualifications: Full level 3

Normally applicants will be expected to have at least *88 UCAS points. This may be derived from:

  • BTEC/C&G L3 qualification in Countryside Management or a related subject; or
  • Two/three A2 Levels ideally including one science subject; or
  • Kitemarked Access to HE

*New UCAS tariff

Applicants will also need five GCSE’s at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Science, and Mathematics.

Other qualifications such as Access to HE Diploma, Welsh/International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers, Irish Higher Leaving Certificate and other international qualifications are acceptable, dependent on the overall grade/points achieved and the science content of the course.

Applicants will normally be expected to have some prior practical experience. As a guide, students will be expected to have studied at A Level or completed relevant Level 3 qualifications, however, all applicants will be assessed on individual experience. The college welcomes applications from students with relevant work experience who do not have the formal academic qualifications, and from students with disabilities. All applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to study independently at HE level. Application for recognition of prior learning is welcomed and will be considered.


This is a three-year full time or four-year sandwich course. Should students choose the sandwich option; they will be required to undertake a minimum 48-week work placement in an area of the student’s interest.

Part-time study over a longer period can also be arranged. As well as gaining practical animal husbandry skills, students will also develop transferable skills such as problem-solving, team working, people management, research, and communication. Regular contact is maintained with employers and feedback from them is used to inform programme modifications thus ensuring the programme’s relevance to current and future industry needs.

During the final year of the programme, all students will be required to complete a Dissertation which may be linked to a company. Students wishing to further enhance their practical skills are able to access the College’s extensive natural habitats, purpose-built animal welfare facilities, Moreton Morrell’s commercial farm and equine facilities.

Further information

Warwickshire College welcomes all students and will always aim to make reasonable adjustments to meet any specific needs or difficulties. In exceptional circumstances, the Learning Outcomes of some courses may mean that such adjustments are not possible and the college cannot guarantee that every requirement can be supported. Failure to disclose specific needs or difficulties to the college at an early stage in your application may delay the college in its ability to make reasonable adjustments or may prevent them altogether. Please discuss your individual circumstances with the admissions tutor as early as possible.


Our graduates may pursue careers in wildlife conservation, ecology, land management and habitat restoration. Other opportunities include education, training and teaching.

Progression to post-graduate qualifications includes MBA, MSc and teaching courses such as PGCE.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Our Moreton Morrell College covers 750 acres of countryside and is home to many of our land-based students.

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