*BSc (Hons) Conservation and Community Engagement (with Foundation Year)

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen undergraduate course, our integrated foundation year programme may offer you an alternative entry route.

Studying for a degree with an integrated foundation year will offer you a supportive environment if you have been out of education for a few years or do not have the necessary UCAS points from your recent course of study.

The BSc (Hons) Conservation and Community Engagement (with Foundation Year) can be studied full-time or part-time.

The following titles are the modules you will study after successful completion of the foundation year:

Year 1

  • Professional Skills for the Animal Industry
  • Animal Biology
  • Environmental Ethics and Policy
  • Science Communication
  • Ecology and Evolution

Year 2

  • Research Methods
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Behaviour
  • Conservation Skills
  • Habitat Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Nature and Human Well-being
  • Residential Fieldtrip

Year 3

  • Capstone Project
  • Applied Health Management
  • Applied Issues in Wildlife Conservation
  • Behaviour Change
  • Conservation Planning and Development
  • Applied Engagement, Education and Advocacy
  • Systems Management

Modules are subject to change and availability.


Applicants should have achieved 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, to include English and preferably Maths. Equivalent qualifications in lieu of GCSEs may also be considered. Consideration is also given to applicants who have significant industry experience, but no formal qualifications. Applications from mature candidates are welcomed.

UCAS Tariff Points

32 tariff points.

GCE A Levels

Minimum 32 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A Level grade E or above.

Irish Certificate

32 UCAS tariff points in the Irish Leaving Certificate. This must include a minimum of one Highers at H4 or above.

Scottish Highers

32 UCAS tariff points in Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of one Higher grade D or above.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

32 UCAS tariff points in an IB Diploma, to include a minimum of one Higher at H3 or above. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Standard Level S3 if equivalent GCSE's have not been obtained.

Overseas students:

Considered on individual merit and level of qualifications / evidence of English language ability. International students will need an IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5 in all elements.

Mature Students:

We particularly welcome applications from mature students, each application is considered on its own merit.

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


* Subject to final validation approval