The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.
Do you want a job outdoors that seeks to conserve wildlife and helps the public gain access and enjoyment from the countryside? This may be just what you’re looking for. This two year course is geared to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge required to gain work for countryside organisations such as the National Trust, national parks, the RSPB or county wildlife trusts.
Here is why you should consider this course:
• Industry leader in education and training for countryside careers
• Development of practical countryside skills such as fencing, dry stone walling and tree planting and work experience as an integral part of the course
• Regular visits to stunning conservation, wildlife and recreation sites
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Practical skills training
In year 1 you will develop countryside skills such as building stiles, boardwalks, steps and maybe even build a bridge. You will have the opportunity to enhance these skills in year 2 and gain industry standard certification in areas such as chainsaw, brushcutter, first aid and spraying.
Work experience as an integral element of the course
On this 2 – year version of the Foundation Degree in Countryside Management and Conservation you will do a six weeks of work experience in between years 1 and 2 for a countryside organisation.
Progression route onto a BSc
At the end of the course, if your academic performance merits it, you can progress up onto the final year of BSc Countryside Management or BSc Countryside Management and gain a second qualification. This is a powerful suite of qualifications to gain you employment.
A diverse and interesting curriculum
You will study areas such as:
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Wonderful wildlife and countryside on our doorstep
You will be taught by passionate teaching staff who are experts in their field. Many have won awards for their teaching and they come from a diverse range of backgrounds and with a wide range of expertise. Make no mistake, you will be learning from the best!
93% of our 2014 IBERS graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, up 6 percentage points from the previous year (DLHE 2014). This increase reflects our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.
The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results also show a significant improvement with 92% of students satisfied with the quality of the teaching on their course (5 percentage points higher than the UK average).
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.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (100 Credits) You must take the following modules
Making The British Countryside RD10120
Introduction To Biology RD12010
Practical Estate Skills RD12300
Tourism Principles And Impacts RD12510
Studying The Dynamic Countryside RD10210
People And The Countryside RD10720
Land Use RD12110
Practical Estate Skills RD12320
Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language
Final Year Core (70 Credits) You must take the following modules
Wildlife Management RD23100
An Introduction To Geographic Information Systems (gis) RD24810
Visitor Management RD20820
Human Impact On The Environment RD22810
Wildlife Management RD23120
Landscape Assessment, Protection And Enhancement. RD24910
Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language
Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language
Final Year Options Choose 20 credits. Where modules are offered bilingually: choose your preferred language if applicable.
Advanced Practical Skills RD22100
Research Methods RD23500
Dulliau Ymchwil RG23500
You will be fully supported with developing your employability skills throughout the degree scheme. The degree will allow you to develop specialist skills such as the ability to undertake a range of practical estate skills and on-site project planning as well as developing a range of transferable skills highly valued by employers. You will join a department that has excellent facilities to support your studies; £55 million pounds has been invested over the last five years in IBERS infrastructure. These facilities enable students to develop their specialist skills and knowledge preparing them for a successful transition into the workplace. You will have easy access to outdoor natural facilities such as Dyfi MAB, Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. IBERS staff have close links with many learned societies which provide a route for students to network with others in their discipline and explore funding opportunities and recognition for their work. Guest lecturers and expert external teachers also contribute to the curriculum to pass on their expertise and knowledge.
The department has resources on the virtual learning environment, Aberlearn Blackboard to support your development and has a dedicated Twitter feed to keep students informed of developmental opportunities and work experience. Students have participated in a work experience module to help them identify and reflect on the employability skills they are developing through their work experience.
The department has a close working relationship with the Careers Service and has an IBERS link careers adviser to support students with their career development. Employer events are organised to allow students to gain an insight into different graduate employers and develop their networking skills. The IBERS Employer Advisory Group invites a variety of employers to advise on curriculum and employability development to ensure students are acquiring the right skills needed by graduate employers. The Careers Service can also help and support you sourcing work experience opportunities locally and nationally. You will be eligible to take part in the GO Wales scheme which offers opportunities for work tasters and paid placements to develop your experience in the workplace. Students from the department have participated in work taster opportunities in local wildlife trusts.
Your FdSc in Countryside Management and Conservation opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. You will be a strong candidate for future work as a nature reserve or country park manager, conservation officer, site warden or ranger. There is also the possibility of a career path in agriculture or environmental sciences.
This two-year foundation course will prepare you for further study and work in this modern yet traditional industry.
In addition to your academic studies in your first year you will spend one day per week gaining hands-on important practical estate skills such as drystone walling, hedge laying, tree planting, fencing, creating and maintaining footpaths and bridges, kissing gates, steps and stiles.
Among many skills, you will learn to: review and select relevant information from scientific sources; understand and explain the importance of developments in sustainable development and the environment; communicate the urgency of conservation; and plan projects and manage them in simulations and practical exercises.
This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and field experience. You will have plenty of opportunities to apply your academic learning in practical activities and workshops. You will also examine the interconnection between different kinds of human activity, ecology and environmental needs, and you will learn to mitigate the problems caused by their competing priorities.
You will be assessed through essays, practical exercises, oral presentations, reports, and exams. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks. In all these areas you will need to demonstrate scientific rigour and apply a systematic approach to the problems with which you are presented.
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.
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’ve always wanted to work outdoors and in the Countryside. The course gave me a step on the employment ladder to get my first job. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aberystwyth and am glad that I gained the qualification which has enabled me to get the job I’m in now. Dewi - Lead Ranger, Carneddau & Glyderau
I chose to study Countryside Management at Aberystwyth University to fulfil my lifelong dream of working in species conservation and living in wonderful west Wales. The work placement element of the course was also very attractive to me and I spent an amazing year at RSPB Insh Marshes in the Scottish Highlands - a life changing experience that I would heartily recommend.
Gareth - Assistant Reserves Officer, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
UCAS Code: D440
Tariff Required: 120 - 160
Entry Requirements: Minimum one A level required in any subject. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh and Mathematics and a Science subject.
Course Length: 2 Years