University of Cumbria
Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Sandwich 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 field trips 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.

Placement year

We want our students to get paid placements, rather than voluntary internships, but nothing can be guaranteed. We facilitate seeking placements and have contacts with previous providers, but it has to be the responsibility of the student to secure the placement. Some placements pay a wage, others offer free accommodation, others just a training budget. Some provide a car or use of a pool vehicle, for others you need your own transport. If you do not already have a driving licence, be aware that you will have to learn to drive in order to have any realistic hope of obtaining a placement, or a future job. What we can say is that students who go on placements provide feedback that the experience has been beneficial. It is fairly common for students to return from placement with job offers from their providers for when they graduate. Indeed, some students return part-time because they have taken jobs at the end of their placement.

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 Sandwich 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 Sandwich 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 Sandwich 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 Sandwich 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 Sandwich Year) BSc (Hons) at University of Cumbria

25% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
25% Elementary occupations
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

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

GCSE Maths at grade C/4

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees
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Tuition Fees Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with Sandwich Year) BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £9250 year 1
International £10500 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)

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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  • Day in the Life of an Ecology Student

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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