This course is aimed at those wishing to pursue careers within the ecology sector. Students will explore the issues faced by habitats and species and put forward innovative, forward thinking, evidence-based solutions. Development of a broad understanding of the legislation surrounding species and habitats and practical survey skills are central themes to the course.
- Wildlife identification and survey techniques
- The principles of ecology
- Geographical information systems
- Wildlife legislation and habitat assessment
- Habitat management planning
- Fauna and flora surveying
- Research skills.
Business and employment elements are included to improve transferable skills and give students a thorough insight into their chosen career path.
There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations in the field.
Application for the full-time course is through UCAS using code C1F8 and campus code R. Application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available.
Two years full-time or three years part-time.
Full-time students are expected to attend college for 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. This may include some evening teaching. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study (approximately 25 - 30 hours a week) in addition to contact time. Part-time study will be on an infill basis.
Students can progress on to the BSc (Hons) Ecology and Environmental Management (Top up) course.
Assessment includes practical reports and demonstrations, written assignments, portfolios, scientific posters and group or individual presentations.
Work experience is an integral part of the course. Past students have gained placements with a variety of ecological and environmental organisations with which we have excellent links. A total of 152 hours is required in a related part of the industry over the two years of the course.
- Field trips to a range of excellent range of habitats in the local area including wetland and freshwater, woodland, farmland, coast and estuary, moorland.
- Employer links to various relevant organisations including local Wildlife Trusts, council departments, national organisations such as the RSPB, ecological consultancies.
- Additional facilities include Science Centre, IT suites, an excellent Learning Resources Centre and access to online resources such as Athens.
- Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all courses.
- Talks from a range of visiting speakers.
- Experienced staff with both academic and industrial experience.
Work as a field ecologist, research assistant, ecological databse officer or in many more role available with ecological consultancies, advisory bodies and conservation organisations, such as Natural England. Graduates may also pursue opportunities to work on ecological surveying and monitoring projects abroad.
Students will need to buy a College white laboratory coat for lab practicals, waterproof clothing, outdoor footwear including wellington boots and walking boots. Students will generally require a pair of steel toe-capped safety boots and may also need a pair of waders. Recommended items include binoculars and a range of key texts.
Upon registering to become a student of Bishop Burton College on a programme validated by the University of Hull, each student agrees to comply with the following:
- University of Hull Complaint Regulations (so far as it applies to Collaborative Provision students)
- University of Hull Academic Appeal & Queries Regulations (so far as it applies to Collaborative Provision students)
- Guide for Collaborative Provision Students
- University of Hull Library Regulations and Guidelines
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Applicants should have 80 UCAS points at A-Level or a Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent. They must also have GCSE English at grade 4 or C or above, or an equivalent qualification.
Life experience of mature students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
All applicants need an appropriate academic / employment reference.
If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 student visa to study and do not hold GCSE grade C English or equivalent, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).