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FdSc Foundation Degree in Countryside Management

Bridgwater College

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FdSc Foundation Degree in Countryside Management Who is the course for? The course combines a practical programme with the scientific and humanities education that allows students to learn new skills in countryside management. It is particularly fitting that on the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species, this course has never been so popular. The course is particularly popular amongst people who are passionate about the environment and the countryside, whatever their age. What will I study on the course? Year 1: Land-based business management Industry experience Principles of plant and soil science Introduction to ecology Practical conservation skills Landscape evolution and interpretation Introduction to habitats in the UK Biological classification and identification Year 2: Land-based project management Research project Environmental science Agriculture and the environment Woodland and grassland management Wetland and coastal management. What makes this course special? This course combines a practical programme with the scientific and social education that allows students to contextualise and learn new and relevant skills. Students study and learn in a unique rural environment that includes a 400 acre college farm with access to the natural resources of the Somerset countryside. We maintain close contacts with local countryside organisations which enables our students to forge links within the industry at an early stage of their careers. The practical component of the course includes a full range of countryside management skills such as an introduction to the crafts of dry stone walling, hedge laying, coppicing, footpaths and surfaces and the maintenance of structures (gates, stiles, bridges). What do our students say? Many of our students keep in touch thanking us for helping them to develop the skills necessary to fulfil their new roles as managers, educators, rangers or park wardens; all agree that studying this level of programme has made a real difference to their lives. Past students have helped us to modernise and shape this new look programme. How will I be assessed? You will be assessed through assignments, projects and examinations. The units carry a weighting of 60% assignment work and 40% examinations or 100% assignment. As a vocational land-based centre we offer our students the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications such as NPTC certificate in chainsaw and brush cutter. How long is the course? Two days per week for two years combined with self directed study. Will this course lead to a qualification? Foundation Degree in Countryside Management from Bournemouth University. How much will it cost? The course fee is ?2,160 per year 2009/10 plus material costs of approximately ?35. All full-time students starting in 2009 can apply for a loan to cover their entire tuition fee and a means tested maintenance loan, of up to ?4,950 (less if you live at home) to help cover living costs. Students from low income families may be eligible for a non repayable Maintenance Grant of up to ?2,906. Applications for all loans and grants need to be made through Student Finance England. Students in extreme financial hardship may be eligible for further funding via the Access to Learning funds by applying direct to Bournemouth University.

FdSc Foundation Degree in Countryside Management Who is the course for? The course combines a practical programme with the scientific and humanities education that allows students to learn new skills in countryside management. It is particularly fitting that on the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species, this course has never been so popular. The course is...

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