About the course
The FdSc in Ecology & Conservation is a two-year foundation degree course designed to prepare students for employment within industry or academic progression to Honours Degree and beyond. It encompasses a range of modules which develop the knowledge and practical and academic skills required to pursue careers associated with Ecology & Conservation.
The course has been carefully developed to allow students to gain first-hand experience of diverse habitat types, thus acquiring a broad range of knowledge and techniques for surveying, identification and data handling. Theoretical learning is applied in a practical setting, maximising student learning potential and experience. Our students find this approach improves recall and inspires further reading and understanding, plus it meets the requirements of employers and other HE providers who are increasingly seeking students with both theoretical knowledge and practical ability.
In partnership with:
Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English, maths and science, plus two A-Levels in relevant subjects or four AS levels in relevant subjects OR a Level 3 Extended Diploma in a related subject, with grades MMM (triple Merit).
Students who achieve the FdSc in Ecology & Conservation will be eligible to apply for top-up courses, usually a further year of full-time study, to achieve a full undergraduate degree. Students will be equipped for progression into careers such as field ecologist, research assistant, community engagement, ranger, database officer or other positions within ecological consultancies, advisory bodies and conservation organisations.
Further information on potential careers is given throughout the course, and industry visits and work experience placements are aimed at widening the network of potential employers students encounter within their duration of study at BCA.
Year 1 (Level 4): Core Modules
- Animal Behaviour (30 credits)
- Applied Anatomy & Physiology (30 credits)
- Citizen Science (15 credits)
- Ecology (30 credits)
- Management of Animal Collections (15 credits)
Year 2 (Level 5): Core Modules
- Animal Health & Nutrition (30 credits)
- Applied Statistics (15 credits)
- Identification Skills (30 credits)
- Practical Conservation (15 credits)
- Workplace Experience (15 credits)
Plus one elective module from:
- Field Trip (15 credits)
- Breeding & Genetics (15 credits)
Is an interview required? Yes
Is fee remission available? No
Successful applicants will be required to purchase appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to include overalls, boots and a BCA polo shirt and overalls. A minimum budget of £100 should be set aside for this. A recommended reading list will be provided.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, visits to – and speakers from – industry, practical sessions and individual tutorials. Assessment methods vary from module to module and include reports, assignments, essays, presentations, exams, research and a portfolio of evidence.
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU), subject to validation.