The natural environment underpins our lives: the space we live in, the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, and even the way we feel.
It is increasingly apparent across the government, business and economy that we cannot ignore the fundamental role of the natural environment to our lives and we cannot carry on degrading environmental resources.
Environmental conservation professionals have the knowledge that is required to meet the many challenges our environment faces. Challenges such as reinstating woodlands, habitat conservation, coastal protection and managing waste as a resource.
The course will teach you how to effectively manage wildlife and habitats as well as appreciate the role of governance and social benefits in decision making. We give you the opportunity to study the environment from this multi-disciplined perspective so that you can become a true ambassador for environmental conservation in the future.
Created by our environmental students and alumni with useful information about Swansea, the course and how to survive it, advice on volunteering and employment opportunities to pursue after completion of your studies.
Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year
Why choose this course?
Small class sizes where you have the chance to ask questions and to learn actively.
Opportunities for practical learning via fieldwork using our great geographic position.
Active engagement with employers, especially via our field courses where you will get to know reserve managers and environmental consultants.
State of the art purpose-built campus and facilities.
A fresh approach to education rooted in its locality but with a broad global perspective.
What you will learn
If you are passionate about preserving the environment and want to develop the knowledge and skills to do so, then this course could be for you. The city centre campus is ideally situated between the Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons National Park – providing perfect study sites for coastal science and habitat management.
We have a seventeen-year history in delivering courses on Environmental Conservation and with relatively small class sizes, there are lots of opportunities for shared discussion with your peers and experienced lecturers.
This, combined with practical fieldwork, makes it a great course for gaining both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that employers value. Our staff offer a friendly, accessible learning environment, with expertise in coastal, marine and freshwater ecology, waste management and environmental assessment. All are research active allowing students to engage with, and benefit from, research projects.
Year One - Level 4 (HNC, HND & BSc)
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (20 credits; compulsory)
Climate Change and Visual Activism (20 credits; compulsory)
Assessment varies across modules using a variety of methods from field and lab reports to presentations, essays and exams to give you the opportunity to do well and to demonstrate your developing knowledge.
We pride ourselves on giving excellent feedback at all stages of the course to help you to progress.
We use feedback to develop your course knowledge and, importantly, to help you to develop your wider skills in report writing, and communicating science so that you can demonstrate your ability to work effectively in the environment sector at the end of your course.
Graduate Attributes Framework
This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.
The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.
We welcome all potential students with an interest in and commitment to the environment to contact us and discuss entry requirements.
An alternative to A levels
Successful completion of an appropriate Access Course or Professional vocational experience
We particularly welcome mature students with relevant vocational or even voluntary experience in the environment sector. The requirements for entry will vary depending on your background. Sometimes we may ask you to take an Access course to prepare you for study, or we may accept you based on your experience alone.
If you have a passion for the environment but a non-standard educational background, please do feel free to contact us to discuss your place.
Our environment degrees combine academic study with the development of professional skills and competencies. You will gain experience in transferable employment skills, including:
Identification of environmental stressors
Oral and visual presentations
Students take part in some volunteering days as part of fieldwork training and are encouraged to find summer work placements which will provide important work experience.
You will be encouraged to use collaborations with work experience providers to collect data for your dissertation (your own major research project in your final year of study).
One of our school research projects, reclamation of mining spoils, provides many opportunities in data collection and soil analysis. Other opportunities have been made available with the City and County of Swansea, where students have volunteered in collecting and interpreting waste data from surveys.
Our Environmental Conservation programmes cover a broad range of topics that can lead to a huge number of careers. Here is a list of our recent graduates new job roles:
Bat Survey Officer
Business Development Manager at Hydro Industries
Cetacean Research Officer in Costa Rica
Community and Nature Conservation Ranger at National Trust
Conservation Manager at RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre
Data Analyst at PHS Group
Data Support Technician at Veolia
Ecologist at Jacobs UK Ltd
Energy Officer at Neath Port Talbot Council
Environmental Officer at Natural England
Environmental Specialist at EcoVigour
Environmental Technician at Rockwool
Environmental Technician, Water Treatment, Oxfordshire
Evaluation & Monitoring Officer at Down to Earth
Fisheries Technical Officer at Natural Resources Wales
Flood and Water Officer at Welsh Local Government Association
Flood Risk Technical Assistant at Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council
Health, Safety and Environmental Consultant
IT Infrastructure Analyst at Coastal Housing Group
Press Officer at the Met Office
Production team on Springwatch and Learning Assistant at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Project Manager at Hydro Industries Ltd
Researcher for Nutopia
Rural Development Manager at Neath Port Talbot
Senior Ecologist at AECOM
Senior Ecologist at South Wales Trunk Road Agent, Neath
Sustainability Officer at UWTSD
Team Manager of Commercial & Domestic Recycling, City & County of Swansea
Waste Water Asset Telemetry Technician at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Water Quality Permitting Officer at Cardiff
It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.
Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.
Ella Wilkinson, BSc(Hons) Environmental Conservation "I chose Environmental Conservation because I care about the planet and want to make a difference. Climate Change is an issue for our generation and if we don't act now there will be serious repercussions for the environment. I love the whole course, even statistics and know it will equip me for a future career in the environmental sector."
Kate Denner, BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation "I loved our tutors, for me they were always available, you could ask questions, they gave good direction. They put me forward for publications twice, so opportunities like that. The class sizes weren’t huge, you weren’t just a number. We spent a lot of time doing practical activities out on Gower. It’s an absolutely wonderful location, the sort of environment you take advantage of."
Bursary / Scholarship Information
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.