BSc

Countryside Conservation

Key Facts

Code D447
  • Typical A-level offer

    BCC with C in relevant science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Studies, Maths, Physics)

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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Are you passionate about wildlife and want to work in wildlife and habitat conservation? Then this is the course for you. Tailored to meet the needs of the conservation industry it will give you the skills and knowledge you need to get the job you dream about.

Here is why we think Aberystwyth is a great place to study a degree in Countryside Conservation.

  • Industry leader in education and training for countryside careers
  • Enthusiastic and experienced staff
  • Regular site visits to stunning conservation and wildlife sites and study weeks in Wales, Ireland and Borneo
  • Opportunities for foreign exchanges

100% student satisfaction on our Countryside Conservation degree scheme (NSS 2016)

 Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from IBERS who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study Countryside Conservation at Aberystwyth?

  • Passionate teaching staff who are experts in their fields.
  • A track record of getting students into rewarding conservation careers.
  • Learn and live in an exceptional environment where you will be surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain, waterways, grassland and coast.
  • The Dyfi National Nature reserve on your doorstep.
  • Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons National Parks in driving distance.
  • Ynys Hir RSPB reserve just up the road (as seen in Springwatch).
  • The Cambrian mountains as a backdrop.
  • Cardigan Bay with its bottle-nosed dolphins.

Want to study in Welsh?

Some of our modules are taught in Welsh as well as English. If you study through the medium of Welsh you may be eligible for a generous bursary.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules

Employability

What are Countryside Conservation Graduates doing now?

Past students have gained work as:

  • Conservation officers
  • Biodiversity officers
  • Conservation site managers
  • Rangers for organisations i.e. National Trust, National Parks, county wildlife trusts, or the RSPB
  • Environmental consultancy

How will this degree equip me for the future?

What will I get from my degree?

Employability is embedded in our teaching. Our students leave Aberystwyth University with the skills including;

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced  information technology skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In the first year you may have the chance to discover:

  • How the landscape is has been created (geology, geomorphology and historic development)
  • Who owns land and how it is managed
  • The roles, responsibilities and actions of the main governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in the management of a multifunctional countryside
  • The diversity of life that exists on earth
  • The ecological processes that govern life on earth
  • The variety of habitats that make up the British countryside

In the second year you may explore:

  • How to manage wildlife and habitats in the UK
  • The use of Geographical Information Systems
  • Landscape and spatial ecology
  • Methods of surveying and monitoring wildlife
  • The impact of agriculture on the environment
  • Research methods

In the third year you may study:

  • The ecological concepts that need to be applied to the conservation of endangered flora and fauna in terrestrial and aquatic habitats
  • The conservation of global biodiversity
  • The impacts of intensive, extensive and organic agricultural systems on the environment
  • Environmental law, protection and consultancy
  • Man-made threats to  natural ecosystems
  • Avian biodiversity
  • Interpretation and environmental education
  • You will also have the opportunity to take part in a residential field course, putting your theoretical knowledge to practical application. Present destinations include the coast of Ireland, Sweden, Borneo and Wales.   In addition, you will also undertake an independent item of research in area of study that you are interested in.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a balanced programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work which will be supplemented by visits to a variety of countryside sites managed by differing countryside agencies.

You will be assessed through vocational skills based assignments,  essays, survey reports, portfolios, oral presentations and exams.

More Information:

  • You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
  • You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. 

Student Views

The Countryside Conservation degree scheme is great for anyone wanting a career in the great outdoors. The variety of modules from agriculture and forestry to sustainable energy and wildlife management encourage you to think of the countryside as a mosaic of landscapes. Fortunately, this mosaic of landscapes is right on the doorstep of Aberystwyth University, and the frequent field trips the course has to offer place you in many different habitats, from wetlands, forest, heathland, organic farms and the fantastic Ynys-las sand dunes. If you have a passion for wildlife and the outdoors I would highly recommend this scheme! Tomos Iwan Jones

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aberystwyth, and the course gave me a wealth of knowledge and skills, which along with voluntary experience got me to where I am today. The quality of the course tutors is what really made it for me though – they really brought the subject alive.
Helen - Area warden for Snowdon working for the Snowdonia National Park Authority

I am extremely proud of what I achieved at Aberystwyth. The course was intense and required a lot of hard work but if you are willing to apply yourself fully then it will provide you with an essential grounding in conservation that you can take further after completion
Sophie - Volunteer Conservation Officer (VCO), The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire (BCN)

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BCC with C in relevant science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Studies, Maths, Physics)

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

UCAS Tariff:
96 - 112

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 with 5 points in a relevant science subject at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
Pass overall with 70% in a science subject

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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