BSc (Hons)

Countryside and Environmental Management

Entry requirements for 2017

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Open Day

Saturday 13 May
9.30AM - 4.00PM

UCAS code: D462

Institution code: H12

Application: please include GCSE results on your UCAS application form.

Duration: Four years

File: Student Handbook


The course

Key features include:

  • Residential field trips in years 1 and 4 to underpin and contextualise what you learn.
  • A range of field trips and visits to relevant local and national organisations to provide real life experience and to meet professionals in their field of work.
  • Emphasis on applied environmental science.
  • A focus on the practical application of theory to give you the skills to succeed.


This course has been awarded Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) accredited degree course status.

We are one of the first UK universities to receive this accreditation.

Work placement

You will spend your one-year placement working in the countryside and environmental industries. Several scholarship opportunities, linked to placement, are available to apply for with sponsoring bursaries paying a significant amount towards the expected costs of successful applicants.

Current placement providers include: Natural England, The Wildlife Trusts, Forestry Commission, National Trust, Blenheim Palace, Eurofins, local authorities, and Kanana Camp in Botswana.

Contact information

For course related enquiries please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000

Course structure

What you study

This course will give you comprehensive training in modern environmental management techniques and will introduce you to key concepts of biodiversity, sustainability, ecology and environmental systems.

You will develop a broad understanding of the scientific principles needed to effectively manage our environment, which is coming under increasing pressure as a result of human activities. You will gain hands-on experience of collecting, analysing and interpreting data for the conservation and management of our natural environment.

The strongly vocational nature of this course is supported by field visits to a diverse range of habitats, which include woodlands, nature reserves, conservation areas and other key UK landscapes.

Field trips

All first year CEW students attend the Introduction to Ecology field trip as part of their course. The trip provides students with practical ecological field skills and techniques of quantitative analysis. It normally takes place in May at the Field Studies Council Slapton Ley Field Centre in Devon. This is a seven night residential course, and costs £50*.

All final year CEW students attend a five night residential field course, currently situated on Anglesey. The course provides students with an opportunity to investigate a real world issue of relevance to the environment and provides advanced data collection, analysis, project management and presentation skills. The trip normally takes place in the autumn term and costs £30*.

*cost includes all meals, accommodation and transport to and from the field centre, and are correct as of the 2014/15 academic year.

Teaching and learning

Here at Harper Adams we are committed to high standards in teaching and learning. 

Teaching methods include student centred learning, resource based learning, independent project work, all of which is delivered in a variety of formats: including lectures, seminars and tutorials.  In addition to this, research-led learning is encouraged where students can be exposed to relevant research in a number of ways, from learning about the work of others and its relevance to wildlife resource management to conducting their own studies and field experiments.

To further underpin the applied nature of this course visiting speakers from within the sector are used and practical field work and site visits form essential elements in the learning method as they provide the contextual relevance for students to establish the link between theory and practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment of student learning is conducted using a variety of methods.  Each course module is assessed by a combination of coursework and an end of year exam.  A part of the assessment process, student feedback forms an important element in the learning process.  All students receive verbal and written feedback on their coursework and exam scripts. 

Example of assessment methods include:

  • Time constrained exams
  • Flora and fauna Identification test 
  • Management plans
  • Essays / case studies
  • Field reports
  • Practical examinations
  • Poster presentations

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The breadth and flexibility of this course means our students go on to careers in a wide range of areas.

Countryside and Environment students at Harper Adams have a strong reputation in the graduate jobs market. This stems from our balanced and up-to-date course structure, good links with the industry and the placement year. These key elements of the Harper Adams approach help to produce graduates with a valuable combination of academic knowledge and real-world experience. There are many career opportunities in this field with, for example, environmental and land-based consultancies, statutory bodies like the Environment Agency, local authorities, and employers such as Natural England, Defra, Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and environmental consultancies.

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