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    Conservation

    Equip yourself with the necessary knowledge and experience to prepare yourself for a future career in conservation managment.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: Foundation Degree Science
    • Course Code: CD14
    • Start Date: 09/09/2019
    • Duration: 2 Years Full Time
    • Campus: Easton
    • Entry requirements: Our typical offer is 64 UCAS tariff points from A levels or equivalent. A minimum of GCSE maths, English and science (preferred) grade 4/C or above or National Literacy and Numeracy tests at Level 2 or 3. UCAS points from Scottish Highers or Advanced levels are accepted. UCAS points from Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted. Welsh Baccalaureate. UCAS tariff points from BTEC or City and Guilds diplomas are accepted, Open University credits in lieu of A levels, Access to HE Diplomas at Pass level with suitable science or land-based credits. Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience: If you have achieved a qualification of credits towards a Higher Education programme at another Higher Education Institution you may be able to enter Level 5 or accredit matching modules. Please see our further information on our Credit Transfer/APL/APEL area.
    • Cost:Full-time £7500

    The Earth is experiencing a biodiversity crisis, plants and animals face the loss of their habitats, pollution, disease, exploitation and the effect of climate change.  Maintaining the flora and fauna of the planet is not just a moral issue but is vital for human survival too.  Opportunities within the industry are global in roles such as environmental consultancy, field research, working for conservation organisations, a park officer or even setting policy.

    This foundation degree provides a multidisciplinary approach to the subject developing scientific, management and practical skills and knowledge across the programme.  Students are given a sound base of theory and principles to then build into more specialised subjects such as global diversity, the study of marine life and our coast's ecology, species identification, surveying and habitat planning and maintenance.

    Students on the programme utilise our large Easton Campus farm estate with private water meadow reserve, woodlands, lakes and farm margins as well as laboratories, exotic species within Michael Gamble animal Care Centre.  A range of guest speakers from across the region and UK is used to enhance the student's experience.  Students on the programme benefit from strong links to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Hawk and Owl Trust and are encouraged and supported in work experience and volunteering industry.

    For the academic year 19-20 the tuition fee for this programme are:

    Full-time £7500

    All fees quoted are for UK/EU students. For Overseas student please contact Admissions.

    Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students)

    Credit Value

    Professional and Academic Skills

    Core

    All year

    20

    Workplace Dynamics and Performance

    Core

    All year

    20

    Principles of Biology and Genetics

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    British Wildlife, Surveys and Identification

    Non-Core

    All year

    20

    Principles of Environmental Science and Ecology

    Non- Core

    Semester 2

    20

    Practical Habitat Creation and Management

    Non-Core

    All year

    20

    Level 5 (Year2 for full time students

    Workbased Research Project

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Behavioural Ecology

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Global Biodiversity

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology (option)

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    Zoo Animal Management (option)

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    Management Planning for Habitats

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Countryside Recreation and Outdoor Learning (option)

    Non- Core

    All Year

    20

    Students are taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, guest speakers and practical activities within laboratories or on our farm units and estate. This mix of teaching and learning methods allows students to develop both academic and farm competencies side by side, applying theory from the classroom in real situations. Typical groups sizes are of 16-24 but are larger for cross-college modules (40 +), this smaller group profile allows you more contact time and support from our lecturers and subjects specialists. Technical staff such as laboratory technicians, farms technicians and unit managers support the team and may deliver supportive sessions.

    Students will be expected to utilise computers widely in research and producing their work and will have access to the programme Virtual learning Environment that support lectures and provided additional materials of interest.

    Independent learning-

    When not in timetabled sessions you are expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journals articles, books and working on individual assessments or project work and preparation for examinations. You will be expected to work in groups at time for formative tasks or for summative assessment. This independent work is supported by the college’s library facilities, HE computer suite/common room and access to online journals and VLE materials.

    Overall workload-

    Students should expect to spend 20-25% of their time in scheduled activities

    Level 4

    Teaching Learning and Assessment 300 hours

    Independent Learning 900 hours

    Level 5

    Teaching learning and Assessment 300

    Independent Learning 900 hours

    The programme provides you with a range of opportunities to display your understanding and application of the subject informally prior to summative assessments that will count towards your final grade. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative (practice) work for which feedback is provided from tutors or peers but grades will not be provided for this work.

    Formal (summative) assessments may be mid or towards the end of modules. A range of methods are utilised to assess performance including (but not limited to) examinations, essays or literature reviews, presentations, posters, portfolios, observed practical work and project reports. The grades from each formal assessment count towards an overall module grade.

    The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on modules selected.

    Feedback

    Feedback on coursework is provided via an online system. Feedback on examination performance is available in a broad summary but further feedback is available on request to the module leader.

    Feedback is intended to help you to learn and to build your performance over time, therefor we encourage discussion of performance and progress with your programme tutor.

    We aim to provide feedback within 21 working days.

    Modules within this programme include work experience hours. Advice and Guidance will be provided to students at the start of these modules and information such as current work experience providers is available via Student Services

    Level 4 – Professional and Academic Skills includes a requirement to complete 100 hours of work within the industry/sector of study

    Level 5 – Work-based Research Project includes a requirement to complete 100 hours of project related work (including meetings, planning, data collection) with an identified employer or organisation within the industry/sector of study

    Additional costs such as travel, accommodation and subsistence may be incurred and are the responsibility of the student

    Easton and Otley College aims to support students with learning needs. Applicants that have identified needs are eligible for support via DSA which aims to provide equipment, training or additional support to students on Higher Education programmes. Further information is available at application or during enrolment and induction.

    Bursaries

    The College provides a bursaries and funds available for undergraduate students which you may be eligible to apply for. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support along with their value for more information see the Financial Support pages.

    Facilties

    220 hectare farm

    Dedicated HE area including common room, study facilities and kitchen

    4 on site laboratories

    Private College Wet Meadows reserve

    Farm units include- species utilised for conservation grazing activities

    Wider College farm estate of 220 hectares including wildlife margins under HLS, woodland, marsh, meadow, arable, cover crop, ponds and river

    Animal Care Centre – housing a range of small animals species indoors and outdoors, exotics and aquatic, goats and alpaca

    Range of teaching and learning rooms including lecture theatre and conference facilities

    Commercial Facilities – including dog grooming parlour, veterinary area, hydrotherapy unit, pet retail outlet, kennels and cattery

    Well equipped library

    Free wi -fi

    Free parking

    HE accommodation

    Progression Routes

    On successful completion of the FdSc student may apply to progress internally to the BSc (Hons) Land-based Sciences (ecology route). Students may seek top up provision to BSc (Hons) level in similar subjects at other institutions (subject to APL/APEL and/or entry requirements Students may select to enter employment or graduate internships in a range of industry based careers such as wildlife rangers/wardens, ecological consultancy, education officers, working with trusts in a variety of positions, research and site development, environmental planning, teaching.

    FAQs

    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.

    There are buses from all over Norfolk and Suffolk which will drop students off at college. For details of bus routes and other transport options, please see the 'Easton Transport Information' link or Otley Transport Information .

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link; https://www.eastonotley.ac.uk/for-students


    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support