FDSc Forestry

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters

UCAS

Course code D503

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Course code D503

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 2 Years, Part-time, 4 Years
Start date April 2019 (part-time only), September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

New for 2019: This course is now also available part-time. Start your part-time Forestry course in April 2019.

Interested in a career in forestry? Then our FdSc course is the qualification for you.

You’ll receive a thorough introduction into the forestry profession combined with a mandatory work experience element, so you gain all the academic and practical know-how to work in a truly worthwhile and rewarding sector. Our one-year work placement offers a fantastic chance to experience more hands-on forestry work, putting the knowledge you develop during your studies into a real-world context.

And, from our campus in Ambleside, you’ll have the opportunity to study in woodlands managed for conservation, timber production and social benefits - all within easy access of the campus.

All of our courses are validated and endorsed by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and on completion of the FdSc, you’ll have the opportunity to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Forestry (top-up) programme.  

Why Choose University of Cumbria

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

  • Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • We have more than 50 years' experience 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
  • Learn from academic tutors who have worked as professional foresters
  • Our tutors are involved in conducting ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning
  • Our excellent links with the Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and many other forestry organisations which provide the opportunity to develop your professional networks
  • Opportunities to win awards from a variety of forestry organisations.

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.

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.

Graduate destinations

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.

News and Events

Royal Patron attends Lake District summit

Posted: 8 Apr 2019

The Foundation for Common Land is delighted that their Patron HRH The Prince of Wales has attended a Summit to encourage cooperation between the cultural farmed landscape and nature conservation in the Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The workshop, held at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, brought together leading figures from 20 organisations including the National Trust, RSPB, National Farmers' Union, Woodland Trust, Prince's Countryside Fund, and Natural England.

UK farming expert wins Churchill Fellowship to learn lessons from Far East

Posted: 7 Mar 2019

Upland farming expert Dr Lois Mansfield, director of the University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus, is today unveiled as one of 150 people across the UK to be awarded a prestigious 2019 Churchill Fellowship. She will use her award to travel to Japan to learn about the country's approach to rural development. Churchill Fellowships are awarded to people who are recognised as being ‘uniquely qualified by their real-life experience’ to head overseas to learn about issues affecting the UK.

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.

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