FdSc British Wildlife Conservation

This course gives students a fundamental understanding of the key concepts and principles in British conservation and wildlife management, in both urban and rural contexts, in line with the ecosystem approach. It combines the academic theory with practical and work-based experience, and ensures all students are fully trained in industry standard techniques of research and fieldwork. This approach is invaluable for a career in this sector, placing students at a clear advantage.

Students are trained to recognise the challenges of managing wildlife sites sustainably, in the light of climate change, population demands, economic pressure, and agricultural requirements, and the roles of different regulatory and advisory bodies involved in the protection of these sites. They gain an in-depth understanding of different ecosystems, and are able to identify their origins and the impact of human interactions on their development, management, and maintenance.

Course Structure
The course has been designed with our partners at Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both institutions, including use of the animal centre with more than 80 species.

Teaching places emphasis on practical and work-related situations in addition to academic study. Once you have successfully completed the first year of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Higher Education before progressing onto the second year, where you will build on the knowledge and expertise gained in the first year and develop a deeper understanding of the key issues covered. You will also visit numerous environmental conservation and wildlife management enterprises.

You will have the opportunity to gain practical rural skills training within the areas of estate maintenance, forestry, machinery, vehicles, pesticides and health and safety, through the Rural Innovation Centre at Harnhill Manor Farm. The cost of the practical training courses are included in the tuition fees.

The course will be assessed through a wide range of techniques, including research projects, examinations, case studies, management plans, portfolio, presentations, and practical skills. You will also be required to supervise and mentor other students on practical conservation activities as part of their training in volunteer management.

Year One

  • Introduction to Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management
  • Landscape: Physical and Biological
  • Wildlife Conservation: Principles and Practice
  • Field Ecology
  • Wildlife Handling and Survey
  • Practical Conservation Skills

Year Two

  • Wildlife Habitat Management
  • Landscape Conservation
  • Wildlife Management
  • Amenity, Access and Education
  • Personal Wildlife Study
  • Supervisory and Mentoring Skills

Course modules are subject to change.

Work Experience

You will complete a period of compulsory work experience during the summer holiday between your first and second year, to experience wildlife and environmental management activities within the sector. You will be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence of your learning experience.

Progression Opportunities

The course prepares you for higher level study in wildlife and environmental conservation. Upon successful completion of the foundation degree, you will have the opportunity to progress on to an appropriate BSc Honours course, such as BSc (Hons) in Wildlife and Countryside Management at the RAU.

What you need to join the Course
A Level: CD (minimum one A2 Level pass)
GCSE English and Mathematics (Grade C) are required.

Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications, including Scottish Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate at Higher level, International Baccalaureate, Diploma, AVCE and GNVQ. Overseas qualifications and prior experience are also considered, subject to approval by the course manager and admissions staff.

Career Prospects
Having completed this foundation degree in British Wildlife Conservation, you can look forward to a wide range of careers, including:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Conservation/Biodiversity Officer
  • Landscape Ecologist
  • Community Wildlife Officer
  • Environmental education officer
  • Wildlife Park/Animal Keeper
  • Field Survey Worker
  • Non-governmental organisations – RSPB, RSPCA, wildlife trusts, the National Trust
  • Statutory organisations – Environmental Agency, Natural England

How to Apply

Please visit our website or contact Kelly Swallow by e-mail at kelly.swallow@rau.ac.uk or by telephone on 01285 652 531

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when enrolling in this Course!

Key Information

Start date:

1st October 2018 at 9:00am


Royal Agricultural University


Full Time


Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Sustainability


Cirencester, United Kingdom

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