Royal Agricultural University
Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management FdSc
Royal Agricultural University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

You will learn how to become an effective manager in the countryside, combining your understanding of ecology, landscape development, cultural history and heritage management. This course has been designed with environmental conservation and heritage organisations, enhancing graduate employability. Our graduates have gone on to work at The National Trust, The Wildlife Trust, Cotswold Archaeology and many more organisations. You will gain training in a range of industry skills, with the opportunity to complete recognised training courses in machinery and equipment operations at our Rural Innovation Centre. The cost of which is included in your tuition fee.

Course structure Benefit from a course designed in partnership with Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both institutions.

You will undertake habitat surveys, research projects, presentations and produce information resources. You will also be assessed through a wide range of techniques including inquiry-based learning, examinations, case studies, business plans, portfolios, presentations and practical skills. You will be required to supervise and mentor first year students on practical conservation activities as part of your training in volunteer management.

You will also gain experience in the field, with previous trips including the Gower Peninsula, the Somerset Levels and numerous local sites.

Work placement You will complete a 30-day period of compulsory work placement, usually during the summer holiday between your first and second year, to gain an in-depth experience of wildlife, heritage, and environmental management activities within the sector. You will produce a portfolio of evidence of this learning experience.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management, FdSc you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Minimum one A level or equivalent qualification

Qualification requirements

Example of possible offer

Acceptable when combined with other Level 3 qualifications

45 credits at level 3

Acceptable when combined with other Level 3 qualifications

Each applicant is assessed on individual merit and offers can vary. All qualifications that you have already studied or still working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Admissions Office Tel: 01285 889912; or Email: [email protected] for advice.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 6 none of the four elements below 5.5

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management, FdSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management FdSc

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £11000 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

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About Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University was established in 1844 and is located in the market town of Cirencester in Gloucester, England, and has two farms located in the nearby countryside. RAU was the first agricultural college in the English-speaking world, and provides more than 30 Agriculture-based Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. Not all programmes are limited to Agriculture however, as students also have the option of studying Real Estate, Equine Science, Environment, and Business.

Student composition of Royal Agricultural University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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  • Food Supply Management
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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Stroud Road
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