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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Conservation and Environment (Ecology and Habitat Management)

Writtle College

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Conservation and Environment (Ecology and Habitat Management) UCAS Code D449 Typical Offer: UCAS Tariff Points 60 UCAS tariff points with a maximum, of 20 from key skills. BTEC National Diploma PPP OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) P3 Course Aims This course provides comprehensive training in modern wildlife management techniques and is designed to introduce key concepts of ecology, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental conservation. Students will develop a broad understanding of the scientific principles required for effective management of our wild flora and fauna, which is increasingly coming under pressure as a result of human activity. Combined with a sound scientific underpinning students will gain hands-on experience in the techniques of collecting, analysing, and interpreting data for the conservation and management of our natural environment. Special Features Students studying this course will develop and become equipped with an understanding enabling effective management of a broad range of landscapes and ecosystems. 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 and strategies. Students will also receive a broad introduction to animal and plant ecology. This includes ecological terminology, the scope of ecology and the role of ecological science in the sustainable management of the biosphere. The spatial pattern or structure of a range of landscapes and their relationship with human activity will be studied. 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; Principles and Practice of Ecology; Landscape Ecology and Assessment.

Foundation Degree (FdSc) Conservation and Environment (Ecology and Habitat Management) UCAS Code D449 Typical Offer: UCAS Tariff Points 60 UCAS tariff points with a maximum, of 20 from key skills. BTEC National Diploma PPP OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) P3 Course Aims This course provides comprehensive training in modern wildlife management techniques and is designed to introduce key...

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