Skip to main content

FdSc Environmental Science & Sustainability

(Wiltshire College and University Centre, Lackham Campus)

See Wiltshire's facilities video
  • UCAS Code:
    F449
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Lackham campus, this course is for anyone wishing to specialise in ecology, biodiversity or conservation. 

Although you can graduate after 2 years with the FdSc in Environmental Science and Sustainability, an additional third year on a top-up course to achieve a full BSc degree could be more attractive to employers in the field.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the FdSc, you can opt to take a foundation year in applied science before progressing on to the FdSc Environmental Science and Sustainability. The number of students at any one year will be relatively small so all students will have maximum support for each module from a personal tutor.

You will learn how to research current topics, and although there is no work experience as part of the course, there is a Work Related Project in year 2 of the FdSc which may require you to liaise with a local company or organisation and apply your knowledge to a live, relevant topic or issue.

Overall, the course will get you workplace ready, with the theoretical and practical knowledge which would benefit any employer in the fields of ecology, biodiversity and conservation.

See Course details for more information.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Wiltshire College – Lackham campus

Duration:

FdSc 2 years full-time, or with foundation year 3 years full-time

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: 48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology), e.g. 2Es or 1C at A Level or an AVCE Double Award at EE or BTEC / City and Guilds National Technical Diploma. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

Students will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to their peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of Environmental Science hardware and software.

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification FdSc (pdf 400kb)Download the programme specification FdSc with foundation year

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a strong interest in science
  • Are looking to develop a career in a scientific field.

Applicants should either be young learners aged from 18 to 21 who have not engaged in post-16 education but whose experience since leaving full-time education may have helped to equip them for further study.

Applicants aged over 21 who are mature learners with no formal qualifications or learners with A Levels (or equivalent) which were obtained more than three years ago are welcome to apply.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. 

Further study

Once you have completed your course, you can move on to a top-up degree or the final year of an undergraduate honours degree to achieve the next level of qualification.

Graduates may apply to progress onto the final year of an honours degree or top-up degree at Bournemouth University, at a BU partner college or another institution, subject to a suitable course being offered, places being available and applicants obtaining the University's required entry criteria.

For entry onto a Bournemouth University top-up degree, you will be assessed on your overall mark (there may be a minimum requirement), your performance on the foundation degree and where appropriate an interview with the programme coordinator.

View our top-up degrees webpage

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.