BSc (Hons) Forest Management

Course details

UCAS Course code D500

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If you realise the importance of forest and woodlands to biodiversity, our economy and society and want an exciting, varied professional career in forestry then the outstanding facilities at our National School of Forestry will set you on the path to success. We will help you explore the science and practice of managing forests, earning you skills and experience crucial for a successful career in forestry.

Thanks to our fantastic campus in the Lake District, we offer access to ancient woodlands, mixed woodlands and plantations, giving you chance to explore these different environments in real life, on-location studies. Develop the skills and knowledge you need for an exciting profession that could lead to worldwide career opportunities.

You will study the management of forests and woodlands for commercial, recreation and conservation management.

The first year offers a range of core modules to give you a good grounding in the underlying principles and practice of forest and woodland management. The second year builds upon this foundation developing your skills further and introducing new subjects, such as forest health. Your third year provides more options but focuses on creating a forest management plan and conducting a dissertation research study on a forestry topic you are passionate about. You will be guided through your studies by supportive tutors who will help you advance your career ambitions and develop your forestry, personal and wider skills.

Year one

  • Introduction to Managing Trees, Woods and Forests
  • Measuring Trees and Forests
  • Silviculture 1
  • Ecology
  • Forest Operations and Industry
  • Professional Development
  • Forest Skills

Year two

  • Silviculture 2
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Forest Design Planning
  • Forest Policy and Governance
  • Forest Health and Protection

Year three

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • Forest Management Planning
  • Business Skills

Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)

  • Woodland Ecology and Conservation
  • Advanced Geographic Information Science
  • Remote Sensing
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Forest Carbon Management
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

Programme specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points and GCSE Maths at grade C or above.

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

112 UCAS tariff points and GCSE Maths at grade C or above.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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After graduation you will be prepared for a career in forest and woodland management, with job opportunities both nationally and overseas. We have had graduates go on to work for the Forestry Commission, the Woodland Trust, local authorities and private enterprise, with some students going into business for themselves. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your studies to masters level.

Our Ambleside campus is based in the heart of the Lake District, and offers fantastic opportunities to discover a wide and varied range of environments, including ancient semi-natural woodland. Whether looking at climate, topography, land use or vegetation, you're sure to find the examples you need for your studies.

We also provide excellent new laboratory facilities for your research, with help and support from staff across the school and our Centre for Wildlife Conservation.