FDSc Forestry

Course details

UCAS Course code D503

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Interested in a career in forestry? Then we're here to get you started! We understand the importance of modern forestry to our everyday lives, from reducing climate change and protecting wildlife, to opening up recreational spaces. By taking our vocational course, you'll develop the specialist knowledge and techniques you need to enter a career in forestry, or improve on your existing skills.

Our one year work placement offers a fantastic chance to experience hands-on forestry work, putting the knowledge you develop during your studies into a real-world context. If you're new to forestry then this is the perfect chance to get a thorough introduction into the profession, with the chance to take vocational certificate courses recognised by the industry. Get on the right path to a rewarding position as a forester!

Our course is designed with getting you a job in the forestry business in mind, with input from representative of forestry organisations, to ensure what we teach is relevant to the industry. You'll take on a range of optional modules to develop your skills according to your preferred career path, with professional tutors to advise you on the right choices to increase your prospects.

Year one

Compulsory modules

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

Year two

Compulsory modules

  • Silviculture 2
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Forest Design Planning
  • Forest Policy and Governance
  • Forest Health and Protection
  • Work Placement
  • Work Experience

Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)

  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Recreation in Woodlands

Foundation degree students must complete a period of work experience to gain their qualification. There are two options - a period of 33 weeks or more ideally taken between years one and two, or a shorter period of work experience ideally taken during the summer between years one and two.

Programme specification

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

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

48 UCAS tariff points and GCSE Maths at grade C.

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

48 - 64 UCAS tariff points and GCSE Maths at grade C.

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 www.ucas.com 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 enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk 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.

See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk

The knowledge you develop will see you go on to a rewarding career in forestry both in the UK and potentially internationally. You'll have the qualifications necessary to go straight into the profession, or be able to progress to the top-up BSc (Hons) degree to take your skills even further.

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.

We also have a large arboretum that is still growing, a tropical plant house, temperate and research glass houses and gardens. All this diversity allows many classes and field visits to be conducted just outside the lecture rooms, giving you the chance to study in the real world as well as in our excellent new laboratory facilities.