Countryside Conservation (with integrated year in industry)

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Key Facts

Code D446
  • Typical A-level offer

    BCC with C in relevant science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Studies, Maths, Physics). Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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The Complete University Guide - Agriculture & Forestry Top 10Are you passionate about wildlife and want to work in wildlife and habitat conservation? Would you like to kick start your career and enhance your employability prospects whilst studying? Then this is the course for you.  This course is engineered to meet the needs of the conservation industry and the course will equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to get the job that you’ve been dreaming about. 

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)


Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree Why study Countryside Conservation at Aberystwyth?

  • Study in a University that’s in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS,2017).
  • Taught by enthusiastic and dedicated lecturers at the forefront of their field.
  • You will be surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain, waterways, grassland and coast.
  • Taught within an internationally recognised centre of excellence, by experts.
  • The Dyfi National Nature reserve on your doorstep and 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 and just a stone throw way from Cardigan Bay and its bottle nose dolphins.
  • The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Countryside Conservation (D447). Your work experience must be relevant to this degree and the year is assessed which will count towards your degree grade.
  • Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance from the Institutes work experience co-ordinator. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (If you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to its sister course BSc Countryside Conservation D447).
  • During your year in work experience, you will pay a discounted tuition fee of which the information can be found here.
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.



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.

Your year in industry:

In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship.  Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject.

 Completing a year in industry will allow you to:

  • Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
  • Make industry contacts;
  • Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
  • Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
  • Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.

Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (James Cuffe, If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

Teaching & Learning

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

 What will I learn?

In the first year you will discover:

  • How the landscape has been created (geology, geomorphology and historic development);
  • Who owns land and how it is managed;
  • The ecological processes that govern life on earth;
  • The variety of habitats that make up the British countryside;
  • Roles, responsibilities and actions of the main governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in the management of an increasingly multifunctional countryside;
  • Interrelationships between natural factors and human actions.

In the second year you will 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;
  • Awareness of the impact of Agriculture and food supply systems on the environment. 

In your third year you will undertake your work experience in an industry that is relative to this degree BSc Countryside Conservation.

In the final year you will study:

  • The conservation of endangered flora and fauna in terrestrial and aquatic habitats;
  • The impacts of intensive, extensive and organic agricultural systems on the environment;
  • Environmental law;
  • Man-made threats to the natural ecosystems;
  • Avian biodiversity;
  • An individual conservation focused research project;
  • 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, Borneo and Wales.

 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 laboratory research and experimentation. You will also work on individual and group tasks.

You will be assessed through essays, practical exercises, survey reports, portfolios, oral presentations and exams.

Further 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. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BCC with C in relevant science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Studies, Maths, Physics). Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

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

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

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact

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