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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Environmental Science and Sustainability (full-time)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


2 years

University Level


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Course Overview

Delivered at our Lackham campus and franchsied by Bournemouth University, the aim of the programme is to prepare you for working in a scientific environment specialising in ecology, biodiversity and conservational fields.The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Environmental Science and Sustainability will give you the vocational skills and knowledge to be attractive to employers at the end of the two years study.

female student smiling in the outdoors with a notepad
female student smiling in the outdoors with a notepad

What will I learn?

After completing two years of study, you will gain a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Environmental Science and Sustainability.

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year 1
Environmental Geography
Introduction to Ecological Science
Essential Biology for Environmental Science
Mathematics for Science
Academic Writing Skills
Practical Laboratory Skills

Year 2
Professional Development Portfolio
Human Impact on the Environment
Work Related Project
Biodiversity and Conservation
Sustainability Energy and the Environment
Sustainability and Management in Practice

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology).

5 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above which includes English, Maths and Science (or equivalent).

Experiential learning will be considered for mature students with appropriate work experience (at least 2 years), evidence (portfolio) and references. Please contact the college for further information.

Applicants whose first language is not English must offer evidence of qualifications in written and spoken English. Acceptable qualifications are TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.0 or direct equivalents.

Applicants who do not have sufficient experience or formal qualifications may be eligible to attend the Foundation Year of their chosen Foundation Degree provided they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment includes reports, coursework, practical skills, presentations and exams.

All modules are designed to enable you to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the environmental science industry and to encourage you to engage in critical reflection.

Teaching and Learning:

You will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of environmental science hardware and software.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview.

You can apply for this programme via UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is B50.

The UCAS course code for this programme is F449.

You may be required to buy textbooks to support your studies.

You will be required to buy a lab coat at a cost of £22.50 which can be purchased through the college online shop.

There may be additional costs for educational trips and visits, but these are still to be confirmed.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

Career Opportunities

  • Stock Person
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Groom
  • Tree Surgeon

Grooms who work with competition or racehorses will get many opportunities to travel both in the UK and abroad

UK agricultural machinery exports reached £1.94 billion in 2018, a rise of 5% compared with 2017

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