If you already have a HND or foundation degree in forestry or arboriculture, why not expand on your skills by studying for an honours degree? Our top-up course builds on what you've already learnt to earn you the full degree in forestry, with modules designed to be highly relevant to professional practice. Expand your career options by advancing your qualification to the next level!
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.
This is a full-time year-long course that mixes important core modules; the dissertation, management plan and business skills with a range of optional modules to enable you to follow your interests and career aspirations. We present a balance of theory and practice, working through assignments, group work and seminars as well as exams.
You'll take full advantage of our National School of Forestry in the heart of the Lake District, giving you a wealth of practical experience to complement your studies.
- Forest Management Planning
- Business Skills*
*This is a compulsory module except for students who are progressing from our BSc(Hons) Forest and Woodland Management.
**This is a complusory module for students except for students who hold a HND/FdSc in Forestry qualification
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)
- Research Methods and Data Analysis
- Advanced Geographic Information Science
- Remote Sensing
- Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)
- Woodland Ecology and Conservation
- Forest Carbon Management
- Ecosystem Services
- Urban Forestry and Arboriculture
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Successful completion of a related foundation degree or HND.
Applicants from courses based at institutions other than University of Cumbria will be assessed on their suitability depending upon the modules they have studied.
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
- 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
Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Topping up your qualification will give you the advantage when pursuing 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.
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.
We also have a large arboretum that is still growing, a tropical plant house, temperate and research glass houses and gardens. All of 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 laboratory facilities.