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University of Exeter

Conservation Biology and Ecology with Professional Placement

UCAS Code: C152

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Excluding General Studies. Grade A in one of the following subjects: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only), Marine Science, Physics, Psychology or Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 30 L3 credits at Distinction grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit grade. To include 15 L3 credits at Distinction grade in one of the following subject areas: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Applicants will be considered with IB 36 OR 666 in three Higher Level subjects. All applicants are required to have HL Grade 6 in one of the following subjects: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths.

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

DDD

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL Science: Applied Science, Animal Management, Agriculture, Countryside Management, Fish Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Marine Biology. Applicants studying any other BTEC Extended Diploma will be required to achieve a Grade A at A Level in one of the following Science subjects: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only), Marine Science, Physics, Psychology or Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

Grade A in one of the following subjects: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Grade A in one of the following subjects: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths.

UCAS Tariff

144-160

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biodiversity conservation

This four-year version of the BSc Conservation Biology and Ecology degree includes a year spent undertaking a professional placement between the second and final years. You will spend this third year working in an appropriate organisation and you will apply the skills learnt during the first and second years, improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and enhance employability.

You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are essential for working conservationists and ecologists, including wildlife identification and data handling. In the first year, we take full advantage of Cornwall’s rich landscapes with many one-day field trips around the South West Peninsula. In the second year, wider experience comes as a result of a variety of field courses in the UK and Europe, while in year three there are opportunities to go overseas. In all these locations we teach vital identification skills and census techniques while at the same time studying local ecology and conservation issues.

The degree is delivered by internationally-recognised, research active staff in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation on our Penryn Campus in Cornwall. The Centre hosts a large and thriving group of scientists who work at the cutting edge of research on conservation and ecology and run field research projects across the globe, from Cyprus to Australia.

The programme is available as a four-year degree with the third year spent studying at a partner university abroad.

Why study Conservation Biology and Ecology at the University of Exeter?
•led by some of the UK’s foremost biologists working in evolution, conservation and ecology
•field work opportunities in the UK and overseas
•close links with a wide range of conservation organisations
•state-of-the-art research facilities
•low student-staff ratio, so you won’t get lost in the crowd
•four year programme with study abroad available
•graduate with outstanding employment prospects

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£22,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Exeter Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Department:

Biosciences

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.

80%
med
Biodiversity conservation

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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

89%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

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.

£19,208
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
7%
Natural and social science professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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