Ecology and Environmental Science (BSc Hons)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Placement


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Equal 10th for high-quality staff/lectures - THE Student Experience Survey 2018.

Wild flowers in grassland

Gain experience with organisations such as Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Migrating flock of geese
Sheep in a field

Focusing on key themes and issues within ecology and environmental science, this course will prepare you for a rewarding graduate career addressing the environmental challenges that face our planet. Developing advanced skills in lab work, ecological surveying and geographic information systems, you’ll progress from field training in Snowdonia to field research in the Swiss Alps.

As you advance through the course, you can choose to follow themes that mirror our research specialisms in applied ecology, conservation, monitoring & management, ecological theory, environmental change, water and global sustainability. In your second year you’ll also have the option to take our internship module, which not only provides a critical edge of workplace experience but also awards academic credit towards your degree.

You'll be guided by lecturers awarded for their teaching excellence and media work, and internationally-recognised for their frontline research in environmental science.

Study style

You'll learn through fieldwork, laboratory analysis, seminars, debates and lectures. Our excellence in teaching and research means you will be kept up-to-date with the latest environmental knowledge. You will be assessed through consultancy reports, presentations, essays, scientific reports and practical tests. Just 20% of your assessments will be written examinations.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeC1F7
BSc (Hons) - 4 years placementC1FP


  • Ecological survey and habitat management consultant
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Science communication
  • Teaching, lecturing and research

Placement information

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

Industry links

You can choose to benefit from our internship opportunities; gaining a competitive-edge of experience, networking with potential employers and gaining academic credit towards your degree, all at the same time. Our internship students have been working for ecological consultancies and within the construction industry providing environmental intelligence. Others have been gaining teaching experience in schools, critical to their teacher training applications. Students have joined us as research assistants to investigate soil & plant relationships and GIS & climate change, preparing them for postgraduate study.

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Staff Profile

Julia Webb

“I lead the second year trip to the Swiss Alps where we study ecological processes. The environment in the high Alps serves as an amazing and dynamic outdoor laboratory – the students seem to benefit hugely from the trip academically. I’m passionate about teaching and nurturing field and laboratory practical skills. There are all kinds of fascinating applications for the skills gained from our degree, which ties in nicely to competencies required for careers in areas such as habitat management, species survey and identification, fluvial monitoring methods, climate change and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).”

Gloucestershire wetlands

Gain experience with ecological and environmental organisations

We have excellent links with local, national and international ecological and environmental organisations, many of which offer internship opportunities. These include Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Ecotricity, Kier Construction, BirdLife International, Lepus Consulting and Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Join an environmental sciences group with excellent student satisfaction ratings

Small class sizes, excellence in teaching and research, and the multiple learning opportunities that our students receive mean that our environmental courses receive consistently high student satisfaction scores.

Wildlife at waterhole in Africa

Undertake field work in Snowdonia and the Swiss Alps

Put your theory into practice through field work in various environments, both at home and abroad. We focus on European ecology and environmental science to help boost employability within the wider market.

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