Countryside Management (with integrated year in industry)

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Key Facts

Code D456
  • 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 10If you want to work outdoors and have the countryside as your office, then our Countryside Management with an integrated year in industry is the course for you. It will give you a detailed understanding of how the countryside works and how it can be managed to maximise the benefits to wildlife, habitats, farmers and recreational users.  In addition, your employability prospects will be enhanced with our integrated year in industry which 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 DegreeWhy study Countryside Management with integrated year in industry at Aberystwyth University?

  • Study in a University that’s in the top 4 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS,2016)
  • 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 Management (D455). 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 Management D455).
  • 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.


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.


What are Countryside Management Graduates doing now?

Past students have gained work as;

  • Conservation officers
  • Estate Managements
  • Environmental educator and interpreter
  • 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 reports, 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

What will I learn?

Countryside Management studies a broad range of subject matter to allow a holistic approach to managing countryside resources.

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

In the first year you have the chance to discover:

  • How the landscape 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
  • Rural tourism and countryside recreation
  • 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
  • How visitors are managed on countryside sites
  • Countryside access and rights of way management
  • Adventure tourism
  • 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 your third year you will undertake your work experience in an industry that is relative to this degree BSc Countryside Management.

In the final year you may study:

  • Methods of enhancing the populations of UK wildlife
  • The conservation of global biodiversity
  • Interpretation and environmental education
  • Sustainable tourism
  • The impacts of intensive, extensive and organic agricultural systems on the environment
  • Environmental law, protection and consultancy
  • Man-made threats to natural ecosystems
  • Interpretation and environmental education
  • 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 assignments, 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. 

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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