This Programme is available as a 2 year full-time or 4 year part-time programme and will focus on the conservation industry. It aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge and experience to prepare them for a future career in conservation management.

There is a balance between science, management and work-based skills which reflects the needs of the conservation industry. Work-based learning modules will make use of the existing good contacts between the College and local conservation organisations. Fieldwork will be an important component of the Programme and the College has a good range of habitats within its own estate which will complement other local sites of ecological interest.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

 Teaching methods are tailored to the subject area and the aims and learning outcomes of the particular modules studied. These include practical work, group activities, lectures, workshops, problem solving activities, tutorials, e-learning seminars, external visits and guest speakers.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities through a range of assessment methods that will enhance their learning experience and develop valuable workplace skills. Assessment methods may include laboratory reports, essays, practical observation, reflective journals, literature reviews, case studies, presentations, debates, written examinations, project work and peer review.

Programme Content: (indicative programme)

  • Academic Skills
  • Workplace Dynamics and Performance
  • Introduction to British Habitat Management, Surveys and Identification
  • Principles of Biology and Genetics
  • Principles of Environmental Science and Ecology
  • Practical Habitat Restoration
  • Work based Research Project
  • Wildlife Management and Conservation
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Countryside Recreation and Environmental Education
  • Management Planning for Habitats
  • Global Biodiversity

Equipment Required

  • Wellies
  • Safety Boots
  • Binoculars 

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS credits
  • GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade C or above
  • Mature students and students already employed will need a range of qualifications including or equivalent to A-Levels or Access Course
  • Prior work and learning experiences will be taken into account, accredited and considered at interview stage

Students with English as a foreign language: Applications from students from all backgrounds are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, listening, speaking and reading).

Our recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • ESOL
  • IELTS: 6 overall (minimum of 5.5 in any component)

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Progression Routes

Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree students can top-up to a BSc (Hons) in Ecology/Environmental Science at the UEA (subject to grade achieved at Foundation Degree), or top up at other Universities on a programme pertinent to their specialism. Alternatively students will be well equipped with industry skills to meet demand in the workplace.

'Past graduates have been employed as surveyors, education officers, consultants and estate wardens.'


Further Information

This programme is validated by the University of East Anglia.


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