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 in Years 1 and 2, and based at the University's Chester Campus in Year 3.

Students are taught through a mixture of study both at the University of Chester and in the zoo-licensed facilities at Reaseheath. 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.

Programme Structure:


Year 1

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

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

Students are given the opportunity to undertake a research project of their choice. Final year modules are delivered either at Reaseheath or the University of Chester, depending on module 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

Single Honours Wildlife Conservation and Ecology

UCAS points:

240-280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent (such as BTEC National/OCR Diploma)

A minimum of 220-260 UCAS points, of which 200-220 points must be obtained from GCE A Levels, including a grade C in one of the subjects recommended by the department. The remaining points may be achieved from GCE AS Levels, or from Level 3 Key Skills.

GCE A Level:

The department recommends one of the following subjects:

Science at A2 Level (Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Applied Science) or Animal Care/Management


Access to HE Diploma (Science)

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects, including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology
International Baccalaureate:

International Baccalaureate (26 points, incl. Biology at 5 or above)

QAA: QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma (Science), Open College Units or Open University Credits
Extra information:

Entry requirements are currently under revision. You are advised to check with the University's Registry if in doubt.

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