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University of Gloucestershire
Undergraduate

Ecology and Environmental Science

BSc (Hons)
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Study type
Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Campus
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham
UCAS Code
C1F7

Course overview

On this Institution of Environmental Sciences-accredited degree, 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.

Our Biosciences courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for academic support and 6th in the UK for teaching according to the National Student Survey 2024. They’re also ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction, and 11th in the UK for career prospects by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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.

With a focus on small class, practical and field learning, you will be assessed entirely through coursework to gain a truly representative measure of graduate attributes sought by future employers and for postgraduate study.

To support your undergraduate journey, we also offer fee waivers, bursaries and awards, for both UK and International students. At the end, as a Gloucestershire graduate you can choose to pursue one of our postgraduate courses, receiving a priority offer and an alumni fees discount.

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Entry requirements

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Don’t worry about your results. We may be able to offer you a place on this course through UCAS Clearing even if you don’t meet the entry requirements below.

Become a Clearing VIP and get an early-bird offer before results day, plus a chance to win a rent-free year in halls. Call us on 03330 432 414 to discuss your options.

    • 96 UCAS tariff points, CCC at A levels, MMM at BTEC or a Pass (C and above) in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

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

    • We welcome and encourage applications from mature students (aged 21 and over). If you are taking an Access to Higher Education Diploma you will need to pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

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Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C1F7 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C1F7 TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C1F7 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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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.

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Ranked 2nd in the UK for academic support and 6th in the UK for teaching - NSS, 2024

Our biosciences courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for academic support and 6th in the UK for teaching according to the National Student Survey 2024.

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Ranked 11th in the UK for career prospects

Our biology courses are ranked in 11th in the UK for career prospects by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction

Our biology courses are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction

Our biological sciences courses are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2024.

Placements

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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