BSc (Hons) Woodland Ecology and Conservation

Course details

UCAS Course code D440

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If you feel as passionately as we do about the conservation of our forests and woodland resources, then we want to help you develop that passion into a career. You'll gain a broad understanding of the many issues surrounding the conservation of woodland areas, both in this country and abroad, and will develop skills relevant to broader conservation and natural resource management.

We know that the conservation movement is of critical importance to protecting our planet's biodiversity and ecosystem. We will train you to protect natural habitats and find the balance between the needs of humanity and nature. You'll have the option of taking a one-year work placement in a related profession, allowing you to put your studies to the test with real world applications. Become a diverse and dynamic natural resources expert and develop your love for nature into a future for yourself.

Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.

You will be given a broad understanding of how to protect, improve and enhance biodiversity in woodlands, providing you with the knowledge to make a career of your passion for the environment. This general understanding will branch into choosing a specialist focus in your final year, creating an individual path to your future.

Delivered by the National School of Forestry, your studies on this course will be taught by a highly experience team of academics, complemented by visiting specialists who will teach you more about the many varied paths an interest in conservation can take.


Year one

  • Introduction to Managing Trees, Woods and Forests
  • Measuring trees and forests
  • Silviculture 1
  • Ecology
  • Biodiversity I
  • Biodiversity II

Year two

  • Biodiversity Monitoring Silviculture 2
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Forest Policy and Governance
  • Forest Health and Protection
  • Work Placement
  • Work Experience

Year three

  • Dissertation
  • Applied Field Studies
  • Forest Management Planning
  • Business Skills
  • Woodland Ecology and Conservation
  • Advanced Geographic Information Science
  • Remote Sensing
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Forest Carbon Management
  • Conservation & Society
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Urban Forestry and Arboriculture
  • Placement

Students have the option of completing a year-long work placement as part of their studies.

Programme specification

For 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 - to include GCSE in Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

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 - to include GCSE in Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Making your application

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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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.

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 them chance to study in the real world as well as in our excellent new laboratory facilities.