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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Conservation and Environment (Biological Surveying and Habitat Management)

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Conservation and Environment (Biological Surveying and Habitat Management) UCAS Code CF9R Typical Offer: OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) P3 Course Aims The importance of conservation and the environment is increasingly being recognised. This course provides an understanding of the countryside and the pressure that both wildlife and the environment are facing. The main emphasis for the course is to balance the often competing needs of the countryside with that of recreational visitors and importantly understand current issues associated with agriculture and conservation. Effective management of the environment is therefore essential. This course has been designed to reflect the needs of employers and will give you both the practical skills and knowledge required within the work place. Students will study a wide range of subjects through a combination of lectures, seminars, field visits and study tours. Special Features This course focuses on biological surveying and is designed to equip students in the training of modern wildlife management techniques. Effective and detailed assessment and monitoring of wildlife resources is a key component to the successful conservation of species and habitats. With a sound scientific underpinning students will gain hands-on experience in the techniques of species identification, wildlife and habitat surveying, and monitoring methodologies, it culminates in the production of a management plan for a protected area. The strong vocational nature of this course will allow you to undertake practical conservation work around the college estate, providing you with a range of skills required in the work place. An important element of this foundation degree consists of a period of work experience undertaken during the second year. This feature will enable you to concentrate on a particular area of interest within the environmental field and help contextualize modules and subjects studied at Writtle College. Special features include; Practical field based investigations located around the College Estate and local Nature Reserves; Wildlife handling and surveying to national monitoring guidelines; Evidence based approach to conservation management strategies; There is a focus on habitat management, protection and restoration, and students will be able to appreciate issues in respect of the design and implementation of habitat management practices. Study Tours and Field Visits Extensive farmed landscape within the College grounds, together with a variety of protected areas in the surrounding countryside, form important training facilities in the delivery of this course. To further underpin the student experience a week long Study Tour takes place during the first year. Study tours will enable the development of practical conservation skills, interpersonal and team working skills, communication skills and self management. Importantly both the Study Tour and Field Visits underpin academic work undertaken in the classroom and provide an opportunity to gain real experience in the field. Career Prospects This course will enable you to enter into a career where you will be able to manage the conservation of the natural environment in a sustainable fashion. Through a specialised career development module you will be able to identify prospective career routes. These may include employment with organisations such as Wildlife Trusts, English Nature, Local Authorities or The National Trust, in jobs ranging from a countryside ranger, community wildlife officer, environmental education officer and countryside access officer. Areas of Study Areas of study include Landscapes & Ecosystems; Principles of Habitat Management; Biological Surveying; Biological Processes; Wildlife Identification and Classification. What Next? The opportunity exists to progress to the BSc (Hons) Conservation and Environment (Biological Surveying).

Foundation Degree (FdSc) Conservation and Environment (Biological Surveying and Habitat Management) UCAS Code CF9R Typical Offer: OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) P3 Course Aims The importance of conservation and the environment is increasingly being recognised. This course provides an understanding of the countryside and the pressure that both wildlife and the environment are facing. The...

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