BSc (Hons) Conservation and Community Engagement

We are pleased to confirm that Writtle University College and ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) are joining together. The merger will happen during the 23/24 academic year. Writtle’s full range of Higher and Further Education courses will continue to be delivered on site at the Writtle campus, enhanced by resources available at nearby ARU. If you are starting your course in September 2024, your degree will be awarded by ARU. Find out more about ARU, including our recent Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, at

The BSc (Hons) Conservation and Community Engagement equips students with the knowledge and skills to collaborate with local communities and develop successful projects anywhere in the world.

The programme combines theory and practical skills from both the environmental and social sciences. Students will learn to develop and engage viable conservation work, and at the same time learn key skills in science communication and human behaviour change.

Designed to meet the diverse needs of the evolving landscape, the course encourages practical application of acquired knowledge. Students will gain a systematic understanding of biodiversity and conservation science, develop their knowledge of a range of conservation issues, both locally and internationally, and develop practical skills in habitat and wildlife evaluation and management. Students will also develop skills to support education, communication and behaviour change.

Personal and Professional Wellbeing
(30 credits)
Fundamentals of Biology
(30 credits)
Environmental Policy
(15 credits)
Human-Animal Interactions
(15 credits)
Science Communication
(15 credits)
Ecology and Evolution
(15 credits)
Research Methods
(15 credits)
Plant-Animal Interactions
(15 credits)
Habitat Management
(15 credits)
Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming
(15 credits)
Wildlife Conservation Skills
(15 credits)
Nature and Human Wellbeing
(15 credits)
Community Engagement
(15 credits)
Residential Field Trip
(15 credits)

These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, the optional modules available may be subject to change for the following reasons:

  • Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
  • In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
  • Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
  • The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.

The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.


The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.

UCAS Tariff Points


GCE A Levels

96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above

Irish Certificate

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 4 x H3 higher, one of which in a relevant science-based subject

Scottish Highers

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more

BTEC Level 3 Diploma


C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)

Distinction (96)

C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma

Merit (96)

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Animal handling practicals
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars and debates
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Visits
  • Fieldtrips
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities
  • Laboratory practical classes

This course provides a mix of assessment methods including.

  • Practical assessments
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Presentations - both individually and in small groups
  • Essays and technical reports
  • Assessed seminars
  • Case studies
  • Experimental work and laboratory reports
  • Poster presentations
  • Debates
  • Dissertation