Foundation Degree in Environmental Conservation | Kirkley Hall Campus | LBI9019F |Northumberland College
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Foundation Degree in Environmental Conservation

Kirkley Hall Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:
University of Newcastle

A Foundation Degree (FdSc) Environmental Conservation Level 5

Start Date:
18 September

Who is the course for?

The programme is designed to give students a detailed understanding of factors that form the foundation of environmental management, by investigating the dynamics of individual species and whole habitats. The course will also develop the ability to design, plan and carry out ecological surveys of communities and give an understanding of the behaviour and relationships these reveal. This could lead to careers in countryside management, ecology and environmental management.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

Level 3 qualification in a related subject equivalent to a minimum of 48 UCAS points. GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grades A* to C or 9 to 4, or Level 2 equivalent qualifications are required. Mature students with relevant industry experience are also welcome to apply.

***PLEASE NOTE Applications should be made Via the UCAS site at***

UCAS Code:D4H7

What will I study on the course?

Modules include:

- Personal Development and Planning

- Research and Study Skills for Land-Based Industry

- Principles of Plant and Soil Science

- Practical Skills in Land-Based Industry

- Habitat Management 1

- Ecology

- Numeracy Skills and Quantitative Methods for Land-Based Industry

- Employability Skills

- Green Space Management and Land Use Management

- Habitat Management 2

- Ecological Sampling

- Investigative Project

- Scientific Methodology and Experimental Design

- Plant Conservation and Collection

- Environmental Education and Interpretation in the Land-Based Sector

- Principles of Land-Based Enterprise Management

- Industrial Experience

- Geographic Information Systems

- Project Management

- Environmental Management and Sustainability

Validated by: Newcastle University

Duration 2 years full time (Sept-June)

Level 5

Course Cost:

£6150 fees for 19/20

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Students are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips. You will also need to ensure that you have suitable clothing for outdoor working

Progress will be assessed by a range of methods including presentations, portfolios, dissertation, exams, report writing and project work.

It may be possible to take up student membership of an appropriate professional organisation.

A Foundation Degree (FdSc) Environmental Conservation Level 5

Progression on to the BSc (Hons) Degree in Environmental Conservation at the Kirkley Hall campus which is validated by the University of Cumbria. You could also seek employment in a range of managerial roles within environmental conservation, countryside management.

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Northumberland College is now part of the regional college group Education Partnership North East. The UCAS institution to apply for this programme is City of Sunderland College, with the institution code C69.

You should apply for this course through UCAS and search either by course or for City of Sunderland College.

Please use this link to the UCAS website

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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