Wildlife Conservation and Ecology

BSc (Hons) Single

This course is aimed at students who wish to develop a career in wildlife conservation and provides a unique combination of academic study with hands-on training and experience in wildlife, conservation and ecology.

During this course you will be based at Reaseheath College.

Students are taught through a mixture of study at the zoo-licensed facilities at Reaseheath College. The course includes specialist modules and practical experience and students will gain skills such as radio tracking, species identification, live trapping techniques, reintroduction to natural habitat and biodiversity.

Work in the field will expand your knowledge of conservation, ecology and wildlife, and there is opportunity for dissertation work in the final year, which allows students to work on relevant unique research projects.

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University‚Äôs commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Programme Structure:


Year 1 (Level 4)

Core modules ensure that students gain a good overview of wildlife conservation and ecology. Optional modules allow you to specialise in your chosen area. These modules are designed to develop essential knowledge and skills.

  • Conservation of British Habitats*
  • Conservation Biology and Biodiversity
  • Ecological Survey and Census Skills
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Observational Techniques and Data Handling
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Wildlife Ecology*

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules shift to more research informed study. Students take a core module in Research Methods to help prepare them for their Year 3 research project and to provide valuable research skills.

  • Africa Experiential Field Course
  • Animal Ecophysiology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Marine and Freshwater Habitat Conservation*
  • Population and Community Ecology and Management
  • Research Methods
  • Experiential Conservation Field Course
  • Wildlife Crime and Conservation*
  • Wildlife Health and Rehabilitation*
  • Work Based Learning

Year 3 (Level 6)

Students are given the opportunity to undertake a research project of their choice.

  • Animal Behaviour and Conservation*
  • Applied Issues in Wildlife Conservation
  • Biology and Conservation of Mammals*
  • Biology and Conservation of Herpetofauna*
  • Conservation and Environmental Impact*
  • Dissertation
  • Wildlife Forensics

* optional modules

Assessment is both by coursework and end-of-year examinations. Coursework can include practical reports, essays and presentations. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, data handling questions and practical assessments.

The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs including:

Jobs directly related to your degree:

Jobs where your degree would be useful:


You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:

  • IT;
  • Written and oral communication;
  • Recording and analysis of data;
  • Research;
  • Survey techniques;
  • Statistics;
  • Report writing;
  • Team work;
  • Organisation.

If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.

For further information please visit: www.chester.ac.uk/careers

UCAS points: 280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC

The Department requires one of the following subjects as essential for entry:

GCE A Level: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Science
GCE Applied A Level: Applied Science


BTEC Extended Diploma (Applied Science or Animal Care/Management): DMM

BTEC Diploma (Applied Science or Animal Care/Management): D*D*

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects, including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology
International Baccalaureate: 26 points including 5 in HL Biology or HL Chemistry
Access Access to HE Diploma (Science), to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR: OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above
Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Contact us

For details about your course or your application please get in touch.

Sarah Caunt

With a wide range of modules on offer throughout the course, you are able to tailor the course to your own interests."

Graduate Sarah Caunt