BSc (Hons) Woodland Ecology and Conservation (With Sandwich Year)


Course code D502

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Course code D502

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Our planet needs woodland ecologists and conservation graduates to secure its future, and so, we’ve designed this course for people, like you, who are passionate about protecting woodlands and the future of the earth. 

You’ll learn the science and art of conserving and sustainably managing trees, woods and forests at the National School of Forestry on our Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District National Park. 

You won’t just learn about it though, you’ll be doing it by exploring the woodlands on your doorstep, meeting the hosts who look after them and undertake surveys to understand them. Our course offers a four-year 'sandwich-route mode' of study, which will allow you the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement between your second and third year. You'll get the real world experience you need to put your studies into focus, as well as understand how your degree can help you in gaining a career.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You’ll study for your degree while being closely supported by our tutors and experts at the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas.

  • The only UK degree course to bring together Forestry and Woodland Management
  • Easy access to woodlands managed for conservation, timber production and conservation, giving you chance to explore the management of these different types of forests 
  • Work with the latest technology used in the industry, boosting your employability
  • Residential study tours to the Uplands and Lowlands, giving you an insight into woodland ecology and conservation in other parts of Britain
  • The opportunity for a one-year work placement in a related profession, bolstering your knowledge – and your CV - by putting it into practice in the real world
  • Our links with industry organisations give you opportunities for paid placements and job prospects in the industry
  • Tutors are involved in conducting ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning
  • Small class sizes mean you’ll get close tutor guidance throughout your studies
  • We have excellent links with Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and other forestry organisations
  • Opportunity for an international exchange at Humboldt State University, California, to experience the approaches to forestry woodland and conservation in another country
  • Former students have stepped into jobs with woodland, national and wildlife trusts, have become self-employed eco consultants or a career in conservation

If you want an exciting, varied and professional career in forestry, then the outstanding facilities and experienced lecturers at our 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.

Study options

We also offer this course without a sandwich placement.

Standard course

Graduate destinations

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.

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Open Event (2020 entry enquirers only)

Wed 4 Mar 2020

It’s not too late to apply to us for 2020 entry, our expert teams of support and academic staff are on hand to give you a bespoke and personal visit experience that will arm you with everything you need to know about starting a course in September 2020.

Open Event (2020 entry enquirers only)

Wed 15 Apr 2020

It’s not too late to apply to us for 2020 entry, our expert teams of support and academic staff are on hand to give you a bespoke and personal visit experience that will arm you with everything you need to know about starting a course in September 2020.