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Aberystwyth University

Ecology (with integrated year in industry)

UCAS Code: C181

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,B

To include B in A Level Biology

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-28

With 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

With a specified subject

UCAS Tariff

120-104

To include B in A Level Biology

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich including industrial placement | 2020

Subject

Ecology

Kick-start and enhance your career prospects by choosing our four-year Bachelor of Science honours degree in Ecology with an integrated year in industry. This course is formulated 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 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.

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. You will be part of an internationally recognised centre of excellence and award-winning department. Queen’s anniversary prize for Higher and Further Education to name a few.

On our doorstep, students can benefit from several sights of interest such as The Dyfi National Nature reserve, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons. If you are also a viewer of Springwatch, you will have seen Ynys Hir RSPB reserve which is just up the road from the University.

The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Ecology (C180). Your work experience must be relevant to this degree and the year is assessed which will count towards your degree grade. Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance from the Institute's work experience coordinator. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (If you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to its sister course BSc Ecology C180). This degree is engineered to give you a head start in the competitive job market after graduation.

Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject. Completing a year in industry will allow you to: Apply the learning from your course to the work environment; Make industry contacts; Develop practical skills related to your area of study; Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study; Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.

**What are our graduates doing now?**

Past students have gained work as; Wildlife and Conservation officer; Biodiversity assessor and Habitat surveyor; Site Manager; Education and public engagement; Environmental Consultancy; Ecological Research graduate position; PhD researcher. Our mission is to train you, the next generation, to be fully skilled and prepared to respond to these issues, identify solutions and contribute to conserving the biodiversity of the future.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£15,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

91%
high
Ecology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ecology and environmental biology

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biosciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,380
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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