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What makes Environmental Science at Worcester special?

A degree in Environmental Science from the University of Worcester will ensure you are on track for a successful and rewarding career in the environmental sector. You will receive essential training in a variety of field and laboratory techniques using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. This will include atmospheric sampling using drones, forecasting the movement and abundance of airborne pollen, and the detection of pesticides on food and in natural systems.

Key features

  • Small class sizes and exceptional contact time with staff.
  •  Close proximity to field sites enabling frequent field excursions.
  • Strong links with the environmental sector.
  •  Highly practical assessments that are relevant to the work place.
  •  Flexibility in the degree programme to tailor your course.

 

The course has been accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences, highlighting its excellence.

This means our course meets very high standards of teaching and learning, supported by a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

The number of UCAS tariff points required depends on your qualifications and the subjects studied. To be considered for this degree programme, you need a minimum of 96 points, but this must include two A levels from the following subjects: Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Maths, Biology, and Physics.

Students with 104-108 points will be considered if this includes one A level and one AS level from the following subjects: Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Maths, Biology, and Physics.

Students with 112 points or more will be considered if this includes an AS level in one of the following subjects: Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Maths, Biology, and Physics.

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 or you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0) 1905 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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To find out how you can become part of the next generation of scientists that make a difference, come along to one of our open days.

We also offer “Taster Days” for students considering applying for the course. These give you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in activities, and find out about student life. For further information or to request a place please email insiders@worc.ac.uk or complete this enquiry form.

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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?

At the University of Worcester, we ensure you are afforded the opportunity to attain your full academic potential. We enable you to develop independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning, whilst enhancing your future employment success.

Your University education will be based on an integral mixture of independent study, a wide variety of taught sessions, and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system. With regular meetings with your academic tutor you will be able to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enhance your employability.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, field excursions, site visits, laboratory practicals, seminars, interactive workshops, and due to our excellent contacts in the environmental sector, guest lectures from industry experts.

At Worcester you will receive essential training in a variety of field and laboratory techniques using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Continuing technological advances means the discipline rapidly changes, and at Worcester, due to our impressive research profile you will be trained in highly advanced and cutting-edge techniques.

This will include atmospheric sampling using drones, forecasting the movement and abundance of airborne pollen, remote measurements of water quality using river monitoring stations, the detection of pesticides on food using gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry, and investigations into species presence using environmental DNA.

In the second year of your course, you have the option to study abroad for a semester at a university either in Europe or further afield.

Previous students have studied at American, Canadian, Australian and Spanish universities. Other destinations are also available! You can also choose to take an industrial placement with a relevant organisation for a whole year after your second year of study.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of modules on the course. The team includes professors in atmospheric science, highly published senior academics with strong research backgrounds, and guest lecturers from industry (e.g. Environment Agency), all supported by a dedicated team of technicians. Postgraduate research students who have expertise in aspects of a module are also invited to contribute to teaching under the supervision of module leaders.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and more than 85% of lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification and/or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

At Worcester, small class sizes in Environmental Science means you will get to know your lecturers well, which ultimately benefits your learning. It also means you get to know all the students on your course and become part of a vibrant student community.

Contact time

In year’s one and two, you can expect to have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching each week, depending on the optional modules selected. In your final year you will normally have slightly less contact time to enable student-led independent study.
The type of teaching activities varies per module, but an example for a single module in year one over one semester is as follows:

  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of interactive workshops
  • 6 hours of computer practicals (running simulations and modelling)
  • 6 hours of supervised laboratory practical
  • 4 hours of fieldwork activities
  • 4 hours of seminars

Independent self-study

In addition to contact time with University teaching staff, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve: reading through your lecture notes and adding to these; reading additional material provided by lecturers, undertaking research in the library and online; collecting information for individual and group projects; and working on module assignments.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and its library resources, the virtual learning environment (Blackboard), and extensive on-line learning resources (e.g. e-books). 

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

To enhance the employability of our graduates there is a focus on coursework that is directly related to real-world situations. We use a wide range of assessment types including: project reports, lab reports, essays, site evaluations, management plans, critiques, poster and oral presentations, in-class tests, and examinations.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is as follows:

Year 1

1 Essay
1 Science article
6 Scientific reports
2 Practical reports
1 Written exercise
1 Presentation
2 In-class tests
1 Exam (1 hour)

Year 2

1 Research proposal
2 Project Reports
1 Written exercise
1 Essay
2 Practical reports
4 Practical tests/exams
1 Student-led seminar
1 Presentation
2 In-class tests
1 Exam (1.5hrs)

Year 3

1 Research Dissertation
1 Field notebook
2 Presentations
2 Practical Reports
3 Reports
1 Essay
2 In-class tests
1 Planning exercise
1 Case study evaluation

Feedback given to students

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with your personal academic tutor and module tutors as appropriate. We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

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

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    Dr Duncan Westbury

    Duncan has extensive research experience in the management of agro-ecosystems to support biodiversity whilst simultaneously supporting ecosystem services within the farmed environment. Key areas of interest include approaches to reduce the use of pesticides in farming, and the promotion of wild pollinators. His undergraduate teaching is strongly influenced by previous and current research activities in agro-ecology. Duncan is the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science programme.

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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.

  • 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?

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