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What makes studying Ecology at Worcester special?

Ecology is a science that matters, and a thorough understanding of the interactions between species and the wider environment is becoming increasingly important to address the environmental impacts of humans. Studying Ecology at Worcester will ensure you learn and develop essential skills for a career in which you will be confident of making a difference.

At Worcester, students are provided with an unrivalled amount of hands-on ecological experience, coupled with invaluable underpinning knowledge. The course has been developed in conjunction with professional ecologist ensuring the programme meets the demands of this exciting and rewarding sector.

Undeniably your learning will be enhanced by Worcester’s superb proximity to numerous sites of high wildlife value, including nature reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). Contrasting environments further afield can also be explored during a residential field trip to France.

The Worcester course covers a wide range of topics from how to support pollinators in the UK, to conserving orangutans in Borneo. The extensive range of modules available enables the course to be tailored to meet your own requirements. At Worcester, you get the degree you want. 

 

Key features

  • Extensive exploration of the areas of high nature value in our region, as well as excursions further afield, including southern France
  • Guest lectures from professional ecologists and academic staff with impressive research portfolios, ensure a sector-relevant curriculum
  • Opportunity to study abroad

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

240 to 280 UCAS tariff points

240 must include A2 Biology and A2 in another Science (includes Environmental Science, and Geography)
260 must include A2 Biology and A1 in another Science
270 must include A1 Biology and A2 in another Science
280 must include A1 or A2 Biology

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Ecological Diversity and Surveying
  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences

Optional

  • Environmental Change – Past and Present
  • Current Environmental Issues
  • Animal Diversity
  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Climate Change

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Research Practice and Professional Development
  • Ecology – Individuals to Ecosystems
  • Conservation Legislation and Policy           
  • Managing Ecology

Optional

  • Ecology of Freshwaters
  • Field Techniques and Identification Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Soils and the Environment
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Molecular Genetics and Conservation

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study in Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Project Management

Optional

  • Residential Environmental Field Trip
  • International Conservation
  • Zoo-based Conservation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Research Methods and Research Project for Ecology

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Apply ecological principles and theories to manage species and habitats and address environmental issues.
  • Use a range of subject-specific and transferable skills to support your studies to prepare you for future employment and/or post-graduate study e.g. report writing, data analysis and presentation.
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent research project.
  • Work effectively in a variety of inter-personal situations that will enhance your communication and employability skills.
  • Become an independent, life-long learner.

Teaching approach

  • A variety of teaching methods are used including: lectures, seminars, discussions, group and individual project work, supervised independent learning, and resource-based learning.
  • You will also have numerous field visits and field and lab-based practical sessions to provide hands-on experience.
  • Guest lectures from specialists working within the sector are incorporated into the programme to provide valuable insights for students.
  • An extended induction to develop study skills essential for undergraduate studies in ecology.
  • Regular Academic Tutorials on a one-to-one basis to help guide and support your studies.
  • Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment is used extensively to provide students with online access to teaching material, including lecture presentations and articles for further reading.

For further information download a copy of the Applicant’s Handbook.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Dr John Dutton

    Has extensive experience of teaching undergraduate students, and has been involved with a wide-range of research topics. These have included the role of rabbits in sand-dune conservation, habitat use by small mammals, habitat restoration, and the ecology and impact of re-emerging wild boar in the Forest of Dean. John has also led ecological research expeditions. With extensive experience of working within the conservation sector as a countryside ranger and running a wide variety of practical habitat management projects, John also has a good knowledge of the management of recreation/ conservation issues.

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    Dr Duncan Westbury

    A strong background in applying ecological principles to habitat creation and management. Duncan has extensive research experience on the management of agro-ecosystems to support biodiversity whilst simultaneously supporting ecosystem services within the farmed landscape. Duncan has been a lead plant ecologist on several Defra-funded agro-ecology projects investigating methods of promoting biodiversity in arable and grassland habitats. His undergraduate teaching is influenced by previous and current research activities in agro-ecology.

  • diana-dine-science-university-worcester

    Dr Diana Dine

    With extensive experience in analytical techniques, Diana has developed an interest in contaminated soils and pollution regulation. To enhance student learning and employability, Diana has produced a variety of field and laboratory investigations for students and has co-authored a textbook on experimental design and statistics. Investigations include the determination of heavy-metal levels in contaminated soil at industrial sites; the extent of zinc leaching from galvanised structures and the retention of heavy-metals in constructed wetlands. Additional studies include the determination of nutrient concentrations of soils under different management regimes. Diana is the course leader for Environmental Science BSc.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

As an Ecologist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills that are much in demand by employers. These include primary research and critical evaluation skills, communication skills (written and oral), and a range of technical and IT skills such as the use of GIS, IT-based data analysis and applied statistics.

Graduates in Ecology from the University of Worcester are fully prepared for a rewarding career

Potential employers include Natural England, Defra, RSPB, Environment Agency, National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, Forestry Commission, Local and County Councils, and ecological consultancies. Many of our students also continue their education by studying further for MSc, MRes or PhD qualifications. Opportunities to pursue research careers at universities or research institutes are also available.

Recent graduates are currently:

Undertaking PhD research; Studying for an MSc; Working for different Wildlife Trusts; Self-employed; Working for various ecological consultancies.

Please see Environment Post for examples of current jobs available for graduates in Ecology.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Ecology BSc (Hons) - C181

Joint Honours:
Animal Biology and Ecology - CC31
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Ecology - VD44
Biology and Ecology - C193
Ecology and Environmental Science - DN49
Ecology and Geography - DF48
Ecology and Human Biology - C192
Ecology and Physical Geography - CF18

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C181

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Dr John Dutton
01905 855237
j.dutton@worc.ac.uk

ISE Academic Support Unit

01905 855201/02/23
ise@worc.ac.uk