Are you passionate about protecting woodlands and the future of the earth?
Our planet needs woodland ecology and conservation graduates to secure a sustainable future, and so, we’ve designed this course for people like you.
You’ll learn the science and art of conserving and sustainably managing trees, woods and forests at the National School of Forestry on our Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
You won’t just learn about it though, you’ll be doing it by exploring the woodlands on your doorstep, meeting the hosts who look after them and undertake surveys to understand them.
We also offer this course without a sandwich placement.
You'll be well prepared for a career in forest and woodland conservation in the UK and overseas, or for going into Masters level study and further applied research. Our graduates have moved onto positions in the Forestry Commission, the Woodland and National Trusts, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and environmental NGOs, so you can be confident that you will receive the skills needed to progress into a fantastic career that appeals to your interests.
Climate change and biodiversity loss are the twin challenges of our time, choose woodland ecology and conservation to gain the expertise to enable you to become part of the solution.
Delivered by research active academics, some of whom have recent woodland management experience; the course includes lectures, laboratory practicals, computer sessions and fieldwork in the ancient semi-natural woodlands and commercial forest plantations around our beautiful Ambleside Campus, in the heart of the Lake District National Park. You will be inspired by passionate lecturers telling you about their own research findings, and by fieldtrips where staff discuss the ecologically evidence based decisions they made.
The National School of Forestry has been producing future foresters and woodland ecologists for fifty years. A professional body, the Institute of Chartered Foresters, accredits this course, and the Woodland Trust awards the prize for best graduate. Some recent students have benefitted from our exchange programme with Humboldt State University, studying among the redwoods of California.
Why Choose University of Cumbria?
- This is the only Woodland Ecology and Conservation course in the UK, possibly the world.
- Woodland Ecology and Conservation with and without placement received 100% Overall Satisfaction in the 2019 NSS as part of a suite of forestry and conservation courses.
- Full employment of 2019 Woodland Ecology and Conservation with and without placement graduates in the woodland ecology and forest industry sector.
- Recent graduates have included National Park Wildlife Rangers, Planning Foresters with Forest and Land Scotland, Woodland Management Consultants and Assistant Forest Managers with Tillhill Forestry.
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
40 UCAS tariff points - to include GCSE in Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.
Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.
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Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
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We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than ￡25,000.Student Finance
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc. The following PDF link below provides an overview of these costs for this course.Additional Costs
Resources and facilities
Our National School of Forestry has over 50 years of experience in producing career ready graduates, thanks to our exceptional range of facilities enjoyed by students and researchers alike. Over a hundred hectares of Cumbrian countryside can be explored, giving you direct access to a wide range of habitats including coniferous woodland, wetland, willow plantations, arable farmland and more.
All this diversity allows many classes and field visits to be conducted just outside the lecture rooms, giving them chance to study in the real world as well as in our excellent new laboratory facilities.