University of Cumbria
Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Integrated Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)
University of Cumbria

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Course Overview

Climate change and biodiversity loss are the twin challenges of our time, choose woodland ecology and conservation to gain the expertise to enable you to become part of the solution.

Delivered by research active academics, some of whom have recent woodland management experience; the course includes lectures, laboratory practicals, computer sessions and fieldwork in the ancient semi-natural woodlands and commercial forest plantations around our beautiful Ambleside Campus, in the heart of the Lake District National Park. You will be inspired by passionate lecturers telling you about their own research findings, and by fieldtrips where staff discuss the ecologically evidence based decisions they made.

The National School of Forestry has been producing future foresters and woodland ecologists for fifty years. A professional body, the Institute of Chartered Foresters, accredits this course, and the Woodland Trust awards the prize for best graduate. Some recent students have benefitted from our exchange programme with Humboldt State University, studying among the redwoods of California.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

  • This is the only Woodland Ecology and Conservation course in the UK, possibly the world. 

  • Woodland Ecology and Conservation with and without placement received 100% Overall Satisfaction in the 2019 NSS as part of a suite of forestry and conservation courses..

  • Full employment of 2019 Woodland Ecology and Conservation with and without placement graduates in the woodland ecology and forest industry sector. 

  • Recent graduates have included National Park Wildlife Rangers, Planning Foresters with Forest and Land Scotland, Woodland Management Consultants and Assistant Forest Managers with Tillhill Forestry.

Recognised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 21 graduates of Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Integrated Foundation Year) BSc (Hons) at University of Cumbria for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Ecology.

Overall student satisfaction
84 /100
21 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Integrated Foundation Year) BSc (Hons) at University of Cumbria

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Integrated Foundation Year) BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £17000 £20000
25-75 percentile range £17000 - £25000 £14000 - £22500 £15000 - £26500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Ecology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19614 £18923 £22460
25-75 percentile range £17012 - £23530 £13806 - £23679 £17040 - £27718

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Integrated Foundation Year), BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3


Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Integrated Foundation Year) BSc (Hons) at University of Cumbria

25% Elementary occupations
25% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Natural and social science professionals
5% Conservation and environment professionals
5% Animal care and control services
5% Customer service occupations
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Business and Financial Project Management Professionals
5% Business and public service associate professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above. Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience. You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table. Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

60 credits, 45 graded

If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Integrated Foundation Year), BSc (Hons).


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:

  • Foundation

University Rankings

Positions of University of Cumbria in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Cumbria in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #79 
    • #99 
    Biological Sciences
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of University of Cumbria

What students say about studying Ecology in the UK?

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About University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria is an institution whose stated aims are to develop the region’s talent and capabilities, and also to attract new talent into the region. The university operates out of 7 distinct campuses, two of which are situated within World Heritage sites and is the only university in the UK to be set in a national park. Each distinct campus has something unique to offer prospective students.

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Where is this programme taught

In Ambleside
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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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