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BSc in Ecology (with year in industry) (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Ecology

Course Description

Kick start and enhance your career prospects with our degree in Ecology with integrated year in industry. This course is engineered to give you the competitive edge in the environmental jobs market. It responds to employer expectations that you will have some relevant work / field experience before engaging in full time employment. Upon successful completion of this degree, you will have developed the knowledge, skills and an awareness that employers will want. Ecology focuses on the interactions between organisms and their environment. Knowledge of these interactions underpins our understanding of how wildlife will respond to current and future environmental threats, including pollution, climate change, invasive species and habitat destruction. Our mission is to train you the next generation that will respond to these issues, identifying solutions and conserving biodiversity into the future.    

  • The syllabus includes an integrated year in industry in addition to identical content from the three-year sister course BSc Ecology (C180).
  • The option to pursue paid or voluntary work.
  • All students will receive guidance and advice from our Director for Employability on how you will find relevant work for a period of up to twelve months.
  • You have the option to transfer to the three-year BSc Ecology C180 course if you do not find an opportunity that suits you.
  • During your year in work experience, you will pay a discounted tuition fee of which the information can be found here.
  • You will be taught and mentored by friendly and knowledgeable teaching staff that are also internationally recognised researchers in Ecology.
  • Learn and Live in an exceptional environment of Cardigan Bay where you will be surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain, waterways, grassland and coast.
  • Study in an internationally recognised centre of excellence and award-winning department-  Queen’s anniversary prize for Higher and Further Education to name a few.
  • The Ynys Hir RSPB reserve (as seen on Springwatch) and Dyfi National Nature reserve are on our doorstep.
  • Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacon National Parks are within driving distance.
  • The Cambrian mountains as a backdrop and just a stone throw away from Cardigan Bay and its bottle-nose dolphins.

Kick start and enhance your career prospects with our degree in Ecology with integrated year in industry. This course is engineered to give you the competitive edge in the environmental jobs market. It responds to employer expectations that you will have some relevant work / field experience before engaging in full time employment. Upon successful completion of this degree, you will have...

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Course Content

Your first year will provide a broad grounding in biology, and training in the skills needed to succeed in your studies. Subject areas covered will include:

  • The Biosphere;
  • Ecology;
  • Animal Physiology;
  • Diversity of Microbial Life;
  • Plant Biology;
  • Conservation of wildlife;
  • The study and management of habitats;
  • The study and management of habitats.

In your second you will be offered specialist modules including:

  • Climate change impacts on ecosystems;
  • Geographic Information Systems;
  • Freshwater Biology;
  • Bird biodiversity;
  • Habitat assessment and organism ID (UK and international);
  • Vertebrates;
  • Understanding invertebrates;
  • Ecological Monitoring.

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

In your final year, subject areas offered include:

  • Population and Community ecology;
  • Wildlife conservation;
  • Habitat assessment and organism ID (International);
  • Environmental Protection and Law;
  • Sustainability;
  • Ecological Monitoring;
  • Environmental Consultancy;
  • Independent research in a topic of your choice.

Your first year will provide a broad grounding in biology, and training in the skills needed to succeed in your studies. Subject areas covered will include: The Biosphere; Ecology; Animal Physiology; Diversity of Microbial Life; Plant Biology; Conservation of wildlife; The study and management...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5 points...

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Assessment Methods

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through:

  • Essays;
  • Practical exercises;
  • Oral presentations;
  • Worksheets;
  • Reports;
  • Statistical exercises;
  • Dossiers;
  • Posters;
  • Portfolios;
  • Wikis;
  • Reflective diaries;
  • Literature reviews;
  • Magazine articles;
  • Field notebooks;
  • Exams.

 

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through: Essays; Practical exercises; Oral presentations; Worksheets; Reports; Statistical exercises; Dossiers; Posters; Portfolios; Wikis; Reflective...

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