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What makes Environmental Science at Worcester special?

At Worcester we emphasise the practical. Whether you're analysing drone and remote sensor data in the lab, or out on a field trip to a disused lead mine, you'll be continually developing your practical skills. All this puts you in a great position when it comes to looking for a job - making our employability statistics pretty impressive.

Key features

  • You'll engage in project management exercises on real projects - employers have said this is excellent preparation for a career in the environmental sector
  • Close links with Wildlife Trusts, the Environment Agency, Malvern Hills Conservators, Worcestershire County Council and the Forestry Commission
  • A range of locations for field visits, including: power stations, disused lead mines, reconstructed wetlands and Areas of Outstanding National Beauty
  • Guest speakers attend from a range of environmental consultancy businesses, energy and waste industries
  • Optional residential field trips abroad (Provence, South of France; the Mediterranean region; the Cairngorms)

This programme is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). CHES is the collective voice of the environmental sciences academic community and serves to enhance the quality of environmental education worldwide. A programme accredited by CHES is assured to meet high standards, contain a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience and links to the professional environmental sector. Students enrolled on CHES accredited programmes can apply for free Student Membership of the IES and for a fast-track route to membership once they graduate, starting you on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

The number of UCAS tariff points required depends on your qualifications and the subjects you studied. To be considered for this degree programme, you need between 96 and 112 UCAS Tariff points.

96 points must include two A2 qualifications from science subjects (includes Environmental Science) and/or Geography and/or Geology.

104-108 points must include A2 in at least one science subject or Geography/Geology and A1 in a second science subject or Geography or Geology.

112 points must include A1 in a science subject or Geography/Geology.

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Change - Past and Present
  • Introduction to Ecology

 

Optional

  • Basis of Biological Surveying
  • Introduction to Climate Change
  • Earth Systems, Processes and Landscapes
  • Introduction to Geology
  • An Introduction to River Science
  • An Introduction to Sustainability           

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Research Practice and Professional Development
  • Theory and Practice of Environmental Analysis
  • Meteorology and Climate       

Optional

  • Work Experience
  • Ecology  - Individuals to Ecosystems
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Ecology of Freshwaters
  • Field Skills and Identification Techniques
  • Geographical Information Systems   
  • River Monitoring and Assessment        
  • Natural Hazards               

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study in Environmental Science
  • Residential Environmental Field Trip (Provence)
  • Environmental Pollution and its management
  • Project Management       

Optional

  • Atmospheric processes, air pollution and its modelling
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Restoration Ecology
  • GIS
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
  • River Conservation and Management           
  • Environmental Geology   
  • Research Methods and Independent Study in Environmental Science (for direct entry at Level 6 only)                     

 

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to

  • Develop an understanding of  the principles, theories and applications of the current knowledge and practice relating to the discipline of ‘Environmental Science’
  • Develop a range of subject–specific skills to support your undergraduate studies and to prepare you for employment and/or post-graduate study
  • Develop a range of transferable skills to support your undergraduate studies and to prepare you for employment and/or postgraduate study           
  • Develop a capacity for sustained independent work and ability to work with others as part of a team
  • Conduct a short term research project
  • Develop your skills of reflection, critical analysis and communication

Teaching approach

  • Lectures; seminars and tutorials, group and individual project work; supervised independent learning; open and resource-based learning
  • ‘Hands on ‘experience – field trips, laboratory investigations
  • Sector involvement: guest lecturers, industrial visits
  • Teaching mainly involves small group sessions (about 20 students) Sessions are a mix of tutor-led, student activities and independent learning
  • Learning opportunities enable active information assimilation and application to various scenarios, exercises and quizzes and evaluation of data and reflection

Our course is tailored towards teaching you the ‘most wanted skills in the environmental sector’ as stated in the NERC skills review report. Particularly in relation to: modelling, data management, fieldwork, soil science and freshwater science.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Dr Duncan Westbury

    A strong background in applying ecological principles to habitat creation and management. Duncan has extensive research experience on the management of agro-ecosystems to support biodiversity whilst simultaneously supporting ecosystem services within the farmed landscape. Duncan has been a lead plant ecologist on several Defra-funded agro-ecology projects investigating methods of promoting biodiversity in arable and grassland habitats. His undergraduate teaching is influenced by previous and current research activities in agro-ecology.

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    Dr Diana Dine

    With extensive experience in analytical techniques, Diana has developed an interest in contaminated soils and pollution regulation. To enhance student learning and employability, Diana has produced a variety of field and laboratory investigations for students and has co-authored a textbook on experimental design and statistics. Investigations include the determination of heavy-metal levels in contaminated soil at industrial sites; the extent of zinc leaching from galvanised structures and the retention of heavy-metals in constructed wetlands. Additional studies include the determination of nutrient concentrations of soils under different management regimes. Diana is the course leader for Environmental Science BSc.

  • john-dutton-science-university-worcester

    Dr John Dutton

    Has extensive experience of teaching undergraduate students, and has been involved with a wide-range of research topics. These have included the role of rabbits in sand-dune conservation, habitat use by small mammals, habitat restoration, and the ecology and impact of re-emerging wild boar in the Forest of Dean. John has also led ecological research expeditions. With extensive experience of working within the conservation sector as a countryside ranger and running a wide variety of practical habitat management projects, John also has a good knowledge of the management of recreation/ conservation issues.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

As an Environmental Scientist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills deemed essential by employers.

These include the ability to work independently and as part of a team; communicate effectively (both written and oral); competence in the use of information technology (IT); and how to critically evaluate information. You will also gain specialist skills for example in chemical analysis of soils and water to determine nutrient and pollutant concentrations, and skills for river conservation and management. Conducting your own research project will further demonstrate your competence as a Worcester graduate.

Through studying on the Environmental Science course, the skills and knowledge developed over the three years will provide you with many of the skills deemed essential for a successful career in environmental science. Consequently, our graduates have a good track record in gaining employment following graduation.

The Environmental Science course will prepare you for a range of rewarding careers, including environmental consultancy, roles in local government (e.g. environmental services, town and country planning, climate change development officers) and environmental analysis laboratories. Potential employers include: the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, Natural England, the Wildlife Trusts, environmental consultancies, water treatment companies and waste management companies.

Many of our students are inspired to continue their education by studying further for an MSc or PhD. Opportunities to pursue research careers at university or research institutes are also available.

To further enhance your employment prospects, we will encourage you to gain additional experiences by taking advantage of the numerous opportunities available. We have excellent links with local environmental consultancies etc, where students have obtained voluntary and paid placements.

A number of third year students have also undertaken research for their final year project (dissertation) with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, and Pershore Town Council's Avon Meadows Community Wetland.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

The UCAS code for the BSc Environmental Science degree is F750.

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

F750

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Duncan Westbury
d.westbury@worc.ac.uk
01905 54 2461