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Aberystwyth University

Countryside Conservation

UCAS Code: D447
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Agriculture
Student score
76% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

With C in relevant science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics). Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

With specified subjects.

International Baccalaureate

With 5 points in a relevant science subject at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points

With C in relevant science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics). Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Are you passionate about wildlife and want to work in wildlife and habitat conservation? Then this is the course for you. Tailored to meet the needs of the conservation industry it will give you the skills and knowledge you need to get the job you dream about. Here is why we think Aberystwyth is a great place to study a degree in Countryside Conservation: Aberystwyth is the industry leader in education and training for countryside careers; Students on this course are taught and mentored by enthusiastic and experienced staff; We organise regular site visits to stunning conservation and wildlife sites and study weeks in Wales, Ireland and Borneo; All students will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or study year abroad during their second year. You will be studying in a University that is ranked top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). You will learn and live in an exceptional environment where you will be surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain, waterways, grassland and coast. Studying at Aberystwyth University will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to explore nature on our doorstep. Nearby to the University's campus, students can explore the Dyfi National Nature Reserve, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons National parks. This degree is taught over three years. During this period of study, you will be able to explore how landscape has been created (geology, geomorphology and historic development); The roles, responsibilities and actions of the main governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in the management of a multi-functional countryside;The use of Geographical Information Systems; Methods of surveying and monitoring wildlife; The ecological concepts that need to be applied to the conservation of endangered flora and fauna in terrestrial and aquatic habitats; Environmental law, protection and consultancy; Man-made threats to natural ecosystems; Avian biodiversity. Please note that is an illustrative example of what you may study. 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 skills based assignments, essays, survey reports, portfolios, oral presentations and exams. Graduates from this course have discovered careers in: Conservation, Biodiversity, National Trust, National Parks, Country wildlife trusts, RSPB and Environmental agencies. This course is designed to equip you the core skills that employers are seeking, allowing for a smooth transition from campus to career.


Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University has a proud history dating back to 1872 when it was established by the people of Wales as the first Welsh University. Despite continuing expansion both of buildings and of student numbers, Aberystwyth has retained its traditional friendly intimacies, its vigorous student social life, and its high academic standards.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 81%
Student score 76% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
3% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
48% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
13% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
317 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
49% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are conservation and environmental associate professionals


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
About 70% of the UK's land area is given over to agriculture, so this is a subject representing an important part of the country's economy. Typical starting jobs for graduates in agriculture include agricultural science, farming and farm management, but graduates also go into other areas, such as the horticulture trade, auctioneering and conservation. Agriculture graduates are also in increasing demand for one of the hardest-to-fill jobs in the country - surveying. Jobs for agriculture graduates are often in rural areas - in 2016, areas like Essex, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Yorkshire and Kent were all important for agriculture graduates.
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