BSc (Hons) Forestry (Top-up)

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters

UCAS

Course code D501

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Course code D501

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Looking to further or develop a new career in forestry? Then our top up degree - the only one of its type in the UK - is the qualification for you.

You’ll study professional forestry at our National School of Forestry in the iconic Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our course is perfect for you if you already have a HND or foundation degree in forestry or arboriculture and want to study for a BSc Honours Degree and gain professional accreditation through the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the forestry sector professional body.

Why choose this course at Cumbria

From our campus in Ambleside, you will have the unique opportunity to study in woodlands managed for conservation, timber production and conservation.

  • Our course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • We have more than 50 years educating and training professional and award-winning foresters
  • Experience hands-on forestry frequently, thanks to our practical-focused approach
  • Use the latest forestry technology, such as remote sensing and drones during your studies, to enhance your employability
  • Taught by academic tutors, who have worked as professional foresters and bring invaluable experience to their teaching
  • Tutors are involved in conducting ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning
  • We have excellent links with Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and other forestry organisations, which boosts your networking and employment prospects
  • Forestry employers contact us to fill vacancies for professional forestry posts
  • Opportunity for work experience in Canada, so you can experience international forest management
  • Chances to win prizes from a variety of forestry organisations
  • Small class sizes mean you’ll get personal tutor guidance and support throughout your studies

You'll live and learn on our friendly Ambleside campus, the only university campus in a national park, which is also home to the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, where our tutors are involved in producing high-quality research that informs our teaching, your learning and aims to bring about positive change in the natural world.

Ambleside, close to the shores of Windermere, is a great place to live with access to the recreational opportunities afforded by the Lake District National Park.  And, on campus you have access to modern research and teaching labs, lecture and seminar rooms, IT facilities and a library with a broad range of up-to-date digital and hard-copy resources.

If you want a rewarding career in a sector, which is important for biodiversity, society and the economy, then this professional course at the National School of Forestry will set you on the path to success.

Graduate destinations

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.

News and Events

Leading university role for national uplands expert

Posted: 27 Aug 2019

One of England’s most influential uplands and common ground specialists, with close links to the Prince of Wales, is embarking on a pioneering role at University of Cumbria (UoC). Dr Julia Aglionby said she was thrilled to become a Professor of Practice at a time of great challenge and opportunity, explaining the appointment signaled a sea change for the national organisations she spearheads - and an exciting collaborative future.

Crowning glory could come to mystery tree

Posted: 8 Jul 2019

A magnificent mystery maple has joined notable national species branching out in a bid to be crowned Tree of the Year. Known as the student tree, the prize oriental specimen at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus could this month join 10 hopefuls as finalists in Woodland Trust’s annual competition. Campus manager, Rob Wilson, said he was delighted by the surprise nomination and determined to find out more about the Japanese maple, described as the ‘mysterious beauty everyone loves’.

What is Forestry?

Posted: 23 Jan 2019

Forestry is many things to many people and one of the major land use types in the UK. Woodland cover currently sits at 13% in the UK while only around 6% is described as urban or developed. This shows how important forestry is to land management in the UK.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 9 Nov 2019

Come and join us at our Ambleside campus on the 10 November and discover your future - explore our campus, meet our staff and students and find out more about coming to the University of Cumbria