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University of Reading

Environmental Science with Professional Experience

UCAS Code: F852

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

One of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Environmental Science or Geology required at grade B.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

to 15 Level 3 Units at Distinction and 30 Level 3 Units at Merit, including relevant science units

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

One of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Environmental Science or Geology required at grade 5 at Higher Level.

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

DDM

including relevant science modules

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B-A,B,B,B,B


One of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Environmental Science or Geology required at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

120-147

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

80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Environmental sciences

Study the environment from a scientific perspective and discover how to solve some of the biggest challenges facing the Earth today, and put your skills into practice with a year-long industry placement.

Explore the Earth’s natural systems and their physical, chemical and biological interactions and use this knowledge to create strategies for solving major environmental issues, including pollution and climate change. This course has a strong practical basis, and you will learn the essential skills needed by today’s professional environmental scientists. We are in the top 100 in the world for geography (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017), and our internationally renowned academic staff carry out research across the world, which feeds directly into your learning. You will also benefit from small class sizes, enabling staff to support you better through your studies.

Participate in regular local trips and longer residential visits, with fieldwork a major part of this degree. Our campus is home to over a thousand different animal species and offers multiple habitats for study, allowing you to step straight from the classroom to the field.

Visit Somerset to study topics such as flooding, geology and soil formation in your first year. You will have the option to visit Almeria in Spain, which is the driest area in mainland Europe. Here you will visit a solar research station and examples of greenhouse horticulture, and investigate issues such as pollution and water supply. An optional Mediterranean bio-geography field trip is also available.

You can also opt to work as an environmental consultant for a real client. You will be assigned a stretch of the River Loddon and will carry out assessments, liaise with key stakeholders, and report your findings to the Environment Agency.
The structure of this course enables you to pursue your own interests and even allows you to study modules from other subjects, such as biological sciences or meteorology. Pick and choose options for yourself or stick to specialist pathways in water resources and quality, conservation and sustainability, climate and palaeoclimate change, and pollution and remediation.

Your third year will be spent on a placement in industry. This will provide you with valuable experience of professional work, as well as enabling you to develop your research, survey, data analysis and presentation skills. Our department has a dedicated member of staff in charge of placements, who can provide you with advice and support.
Complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice in the final year, such as water quality, carbon budgets or soil. You may have the chance to run it in conjunction with an outside society and gain experience of completing research for a major organisation. Previous students have worked alongside Natural England and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. You may get the opportunity to spend a term studying abroad in areas such as Svalbard and Rhode Island.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved with local wildlife and conservation groups including Conserve Reading on Wednesdays (CROW) and Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).

**Careers**

Your practical and scientific knowledge combined with teamwork, writing and presentation skills, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances will make you highly desirable to a range of employers.

As a graduate, you will be well placed to move into a variety of technical and scientific roles within areas such as environmental protection, renewable energy, sustainable transport and geological consultancy. Recent students have gone on to work for a range of major organisations including the Environment Agency, Sustrans, Thames Water and TV Energy.

Or, choose to further develop your skills by moving into research, teacher training or postgraduate studies.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

• Our dynamic Earth
• Soils in the environment
• Environmental pollution
• Biogeography and ecology
• Carbon and global change

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£19,815
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Environmental sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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Environmental sciences

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
38%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Conservation and environment professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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