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Year of entry

UCAS code

Institution code: H12


3 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement

Start date

September 2019


Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

Typical offer

64 - 72 UCAS points

The course

Do you want to play a rewarding part in the management and conservation of our natural heritage?

These vocational courses will help you to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to work as a professional in the countryside. The importance of sustainable countryside management is increasingly being recognised by both government policy and by potential understanding of the countryside and the pressures that both wildlife and the environment are facing. The main emphasis is to balance the often competing needs of the countryside with those of recreational visitors and, importantly, to understand the current issues associated with conservation, agricultural land use and policy.

Key features include:

  • Field trips and visits to local and national organisations to provide real life experience and to meet professionals in their field of work.
  • An emphasis on developing your business and people skills in the rural sector.
  • A focus on the practical application of theory to give you the skills to succeed.

Entry requirements for 2019

What will I study?

Study time

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Work placement

The one-year work placements are organised and managed through a dedicated placement unit at Harper Adams. To further support you on placement the countryside and wildlife team have a course specific placement manager and academic staff to visit you on placement twice during the year to review your progress. You will be helped to find a placement within a countryside organisation. This time spent working in industry gives you the chance to use what you have learned in a real job and to gain experience in your chosen area of work. It gives you unique prospects as employers value the combination of theory and hands-on experience. Recent placement employers include the National Trust, Game Conservancy Trust, the Woodland Trust and the Field Studies Council.

Teaching and learning

What you study

Modules will cover a broad range of subjects including ecology, countryside and environmental issues, wildlife, landscape development, woodlands and forestry.

Full-time students will normally study at least 120 credits (equivalent to 1200 study hours) per year from a combination of core (compulsory) and optional modules. Students intending to top-up to a BSc/BSc Honours programme should discuss their option choices with their Senior Tutor.

Other options may be available by negotiation with the Senior Tutor within the constraints of the timetable and credit framework, including a language.

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 2018/19 academic year.

Teaching and learning

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

Teaching methods include student centered 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

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

Countryside 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 our approach help to produce graduates with a valuable combination of academic knowledge and real-world experience. These courses prepare you for careers such as countryside rangers, rights of way officers, reserves managers and agrienvironment project officers.

Opportunities are available with local authorities and employers such as Natural England, Defra, Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust, the Forestry Commission, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and Groundwork Trusts. Technical awareness ensures that graduates are sought after by organisations in the agri-food sector.

The transferable nature of the commercial skills developed enables graduates to work in government, trade and overseas development organisations, banks, specialist market research agencies and consultancies. Many have also found that this qualification equips them to set up and successfully run their own food, farm or rurally-based enterprise.

97% Employability

Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education

(HESA 2018)


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Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000
Email: admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk


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