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Staffordshire University

Ecology and Conservation Practice (with a placement year)

UCAS Code: CD14

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

112

We use UCAS points in our offer making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2018

Subjects

Rural estate management

Biology

Our Ecology and Conservation Practice degree is designed to help you develop the skills and insights required for effective conservation in the coming decades. You
will get to work from our Science Centre, with our own nature reserve next door. The course is ideally suited to people wishing to work in wildlife management or
conservation and help sustain and protect the planet for generations to come. You will acquire the skills and knowledge of a scientific practitioner through
experience-based activities, designed around a core programme of practical exercises and workshops, supported by lecture material. Fieldwork is incorporated
throughout and you’ll take part in individual and small group tutorials to help personalise your development and enable valuable one-to-one feedback. You will also undertake a placement year. Graduates from our Animal Biology and Conservation degree work in a variety of roles, including conservation-orientated careers. Some work as environmental consultants in organisations such as Penny Anderson Associates and Apex Ecology, whilst others have gained employment with wildlife trusts and the RSBP. Others have used their transferable graduate skills and progressed into careers in teaching and/or management positions.  Others have pursued research careers – for example, studying the spread of mosquitoes.

Modules

Typical units of study may include: Year 1  Introduction to Scientific Practice, Molecules to Cells, Biology of Organisms, Biological Processes, Ecology.  Year 2 Professional Practice and Placement, Adaptation and Survival, Ecology and Field Biology, Behaviour, Field Course. Year 3 Placement year in industry. Year 4 Research Project, Toxicology, Current Advances in Biosciences, Invertebrate Conservation, Vertebrate Conservation, Conservation Biology and Habitat Management, Applied Entomology

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)

Department:

Life Sciences and Education

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.

83%
med
Biology

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.

Rural estate management

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

82%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
95%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
38%
Drop out rate
240

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.

Agriculture, food and related studies

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
5%
Teaching and educational professionals
4%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Biology (non-specific)

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Biological and sport sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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