So I have bitten the bullet & emailed UWE to see if life experience equals exam results in the hope I can apply for FdSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation, undergraduate course !!

Am I mad ????? I turned 50 in February, had a vascular arterial spasm at 16 & was ill seven years ago with symptoms which matched viral encephalitis, have brought up two children on my own, so my brain is pretty battered, old & worn out lol

I would NEVER in a million years think that I would go to university, let alone this late in life, I have always worked to earn a living, now I will be living on student grants & part time work, I must surely be off my rocker musn’t I ??


FdSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation is particularly relevant if you’re attracted to a career in conservation but haven’t considered university before.

You’ll get a recognised qualification in wildlife conservation after two years and can take your study to degree level by doing an extra year after that.

Gain the practical skills and knowledge to work in wildlife conservation, and play a positive role in helping to solve our planet’s conservation challenges.

Study in Bristol, home to the BBC’s world-renowned Natural History Unit, and a recognised hub for environmental organisations and projects.

Gain invaluable experience at Bristol Zoo, and participate in diverse conservation projects and fieldwork both in the UK and overseas.

We encourage you to apply for volunteering roles in the holidays, to add extra weight to your CV.

Where can it take me?

This course is excellent preparation for local, national and international careers in conservation.

Year one

You will study:

  • Ecology and Environmental Systems
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife and People
  • Professional Work Skills.

Year two

You will study:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Animal Behaviour for Wildlife Conservation
  • Effective Communication for Conservation
  • Integrating Sustainable Development and Conservation
  • Work and Research Skills.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

You’ll study at Bristol Zoo in the dedicated Institute of Conservation Science and Learning, and be taught by experts from the zoo and University, learning about live conservation projects.

This is a hands-on course, so you’ll take part in conservation projects and fieldwork, and work with different conversation organisations in the UK and overseas.


Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

You’ll go on 100 hours of placements in each year of this course, at either Bristol Zoo or another conservation organisation.

Previous students have worked with Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre, Tree Life Centre, British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Somerset Wildlife Trust, and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

We’ll encourage you to take up volunteering roles to boost your experience further.

Get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.


Take part in real-world conservation projects and apply your academic knowledge to practical situations in the field.

Go on residential field trips in both years one in the UK and one in Europe.

If you progress to level three of the BSc(Hons) Integrated Wildlife Conservation course, you can choose to go on a self-funded two-week field trip to the Madagascan rainforest or to Cuba.

Careers / Further study

FdSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation is excellent preparation for local, national and international careers in conservation.

If you want to progress to a full degree, you can go straight into level three of BSc(Hons) Integrated Wildlife Conservation after getting this qualification.

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