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Ecology and Environmental Science

BSc (Hons)

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What is Ecology and Environmental Science BSc (Hons)?

Focus on key themes and issues within ecological, conservation and environmental science – and prepare for a career addressing the challenges that face our natural world.

You’ll choose from themes reflecting our research specialisms in applied ecology, conservation, monitoring & management, ecological theory, environmental change, water and global sustainability.

Developing advanced skills in lab work, ecological surveying and geographic information systems, you’ll progress from UK field training to field research in the savannah of South Africa, tropical rainforests of Borneo or the montane environments of the Swiss Alps.

Study style

You’ll learn through fieldwork, laboratory analysis, seminars, debates and lectures. You’ll be assessed through consultancy reports, presentations, essays, scientific reports and practical tests. Just 20% of your assessments will be written examinations.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C1F7 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C1F7

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • ecological survey and habitat management consultancy
  • environmental impact assessment
  • science communication
  • teaching, lecturing and research.

Industry links

We offer short-term internships and year-long placement options – so you can gain workplace experience, network with potential employers and obtain academic credit towards your degree. Recently students have worked for ecological consultancies and provided environmental intelligence in the construction industry. Others have gained teaching experience in schools to support their teacher training applications. And some have joined us as research assistants to investigate soil and plant relationships, and GIS and climate change.

As a CHES-accredited course, you can also apply for free student membership of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and for a fast-track route to membership once you graduate – starting you on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.

Work with ecological 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.

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Study a course with excellent rankings

With small class sizes, excellence in teaching and research, and the multiple learning opportunities our students receive – our environmental courses receive consistently high student satisfaction scores. We’re ranked 15th in the UK for student satisfaction in Geography and Environmental Science, according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

Student on Swiss Alps field trip
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Geography and Environmental Science - Teaching Quality - The Times GUG 2021

Our Geography and Environmental Science courses rank 6th in the UK for teaching quality, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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Geography and Environmental Studies - Feedback - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Geography and Environmental studies rank top 5 in the UK for feedback, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I lead the second year trip to the Swiss Alps where we study ecological processes"

“The high Alps serve as an amazing and dynamic outdoor laboratory – and students seem to benefit hugely from the trip academically. There are all kinds of fascinating applications for the skills gained from our degree, which tie 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.”

Julia Webb, Academic Course Leader

Lecturer Julia Webb on a field trip

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