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Environmental Science with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeF90F
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration4 years
Study modeFull-time with study abroad
Typical offer48 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

Environmental Scientists are needed more than ever by industry, government and society. This environmental science degree course brings together information from a wide range of subjects to explore some of the most important environmental issues, such as climate change, pollution, conservation, and food security.

The BSc Environmental Science with Foundation Year programme combines a foundation year with the three year Honours Degree to create an integrated four year programme. The programme provides an excellent introduction to studying a science subject at university and will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to study at degree-level.  The with Foundation Year programme is ideal for applicants who do not quite meet the entry requirements for the three year degree or who would benefit from further a further year’s study in relation to studying a science subject.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year will see you progress to Year 1 of the Environmental Science programme.

As a Bangor University student, you will be taught by committed and enthusiastic staff and will have access to the University’s extensive student support network and facilities.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

Course Content

Our aim is to provide you with a sound and broad-base of training in biology (giving you an understanding of organisms, their environments and their communities), chemistry (providing an understanding of many natural environmental processes and pollution), earth science (giving you a background in global processes), and land and water resource management.  Throughout your degree you will study a range of modules and engage in a wide variety of different learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practicals. In addition, you will develop your knowledge and skills through undertaking a wide variety of assessments. We offer several opportunities to carry out field studies, both home and abroad, and to work in a research laboratory.

You will benefit from the proximity of an exceptional range of terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats where field work, which is an integral part of the degree is conducted. We are unusual among British universities in having our own Botanic Garden (at Treborth) and a working farm and Research Centre at Henfaes, both of which are used for practical classes. In addition, we benefit from being part of the Environment Centre Wales which is a partnership venture between Bangor University and the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

What will you study on this course?

The Foundation Year component of the programme is designed to prepare you for degree-level study.  You will study a range of modules focused on your developing your academic skills and subject-specific knowledge, ahead of progressing to Year 1 of the programme. You will complete modules focusing on IT and Communication Skills, Essential Mathematics and develop a range of skills through a subject specific research project. In addition, you will complete modules on Essential Biology and Essential Chemistry.

Year 1 and 2 of the programme aim to consolidate and deepen your knowledge and widen skills base. The aim of the third year is to further develop your critical understanding of the subject and to further enhance your employability.

 

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

The broad base of the environmetal science degree provides considerable flexibility in terms of career opportunities. You can expect to find employment in industrial organisations, advisory agencies, local government, and in research and development, either within Europe or overseas. The course also provides a good basis for teaching and work in the media. You may consider postgraduate study e.g. a professional MSc course, or research leading to a PhD.

Entry Requirements

For 2021 Entry:

GCSE: grade C/4 in Maths required. Typical offer is based on a minimum 48 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.

  • A Levels (including: AS-levels, General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • BTEC Diplomas and Certificate are accepted and Cambridge Technical Diplomas / Certificates
  • Cambridge Technical Diplomas and Certificates
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate is accepted

We also welcome applications from mature applicants. Mature students and/or those with other qualifications are considered on individual merit

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

International Applicants

We are currently unable to accept applications from international students for this course. 

For 2020 Entry:

GCSE: grade C/4 in Maths required. Typical offer is based on a minimum 48 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.

  • A Levels (including: AS-levels, General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • BTEC Diplomas and Certificate are accepted and Cambridge Technical Diplomas / Certificates
  • Cambridge Technical Diplomas and Certificates
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate is accepted

We also welcome applications from mature applicants. Mature students and/or those with other qualifications are considered on individual merit

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

International Applicants

We are currently unable to accept applications from international students for this course.

General University entry requirements Home/EU applicants

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages.

More information

Home/EU UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk, or write to: Admissions Office, Bangor University, Gwynedd, LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717

International applicants

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to: Admissions Office, Bangor University, Gwynedd, LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

Mandatory Costs:

Suitable clothing and equipment for fieldwork will be required e.g. walking boots and waterproofs, rucksack. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £50-£80.

Appropriate stationary for note-taking during classes, e.g. notepad, pens and pencils. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £5-£15.

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Students are required to provide their own lunch and evening meals on the Year 2 residential fieldcourse. The cost for these will vary. Approximate total cost: £50-£70.

Materials for the preparation of academic poster for assessment. The cost and number of these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£15.

Travel costs to undertake any fieldwork as part of Year 3 Honours Project research. The cost will vary by project (and may not even be incurred). Approximate cost for a UK-based project in a student’s home area: £15-£20. 

Optional Costs:

Cost for optional residential Year 3 fieldcourse. The cost will vary by trip. Approximate cost £600.

Purchase of Wellington Boots for fieldwork. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£20.

Costs of any visas and vaccinations required if the student opts to undertake project work overseas. The cost for these will vary.

Notes:

Copies of all required reading materials are provided via the University Library.

Where required, laboratory coats are provided.

How to Apply

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Administrator
Tel: 01248 382281
E-mail: environmentalscience@bangor.ac.uk

Why study a Natural Sciences degree?

We provide a wide range of undergraduate degrees in both traditional and interdisciplinary subjects, with staff expertise in geography, forestry, agriculture, environmental science and conservation. We have a well-deserved national and international reputation for teaching, research and wider engagement with industry, government and the public. You will be taught by lecturers with a passion for their subject, many of whom are working on world-leading research.  

Unrivalled location and fieldwork opportunities

North Wales has been named fourth best regions in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet (2017) due to its stunning location. Our university is uniquely located between the stunning North Wales coastline and the spectacular mountains of Snowdonia. It is the natural environment for learning, and we are ideally placed to study the outstanding surrounding landscape. The Snowdonia National Park is less than 20 minutes away and provides a living laboratory on our doorstep for much of our teaching and research.

As well as upland and lowland areas, internationally recognised for their landscape and geomorphology, north Wales contains 10 National Nature Reserves and 83 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including several of the highest significance at a European level, 4 Heritage Coasts and 2 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  You will find plenty of places to visit in Snowdonia and on the Isle of Anglesey, a World Heritage Site due to its geology. We are also within easy reach of Liverpool or Manchester, and only a short ferry trip from Dublin for days out or shopping trips.

We organise many UK and overseas field courses, including our introductory first year course where you will spend a week enhancing your field skills and knowledge through our Making Snowdonia module. All compulsory fieldwork is provided free of charge, with optional overseas third year trips to Tenerife, Spain or Ghana. By participating in a variety of local and international field courses you will gain a wealth of experience and develop key skills.

Teaching and Learning

Our lecturers are teaching-innovators and we take pride that many of our staff are award-winning lecturers, nominated by our own students. Many of our staff are world-leading researchers, so you will be learning at the forefront of research into key global issues. You will be taught by experts through a variety of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals and fieldwork, all to develop your knowledge, understanding and expertise in your chosen subject.

Depending upon your degree you will receive training in important professional tools such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and MATLAB. You will also gain skills in data handling, retrieval and presentation, statistical analysis and social data methods. You will learn how to explore spatial relationships between environmental, climatic, biological and social datasets. We have computing suites located within the School, and have access to high-level GIS software and extensive spatial data and maps.

World-leading research and facilities

Research submitted by the School has been recognised as being in the top 20 in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). As well as securing a high national ranking, more than 80% of the research material submitted was rated as internationally excellent, including 25% as world-leading.

The Environment Centre for Wales (ECW) is a partnership between the UK Government’s flagship Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University, bringing together 60 leading environmental scientists with a wide range of knowledge and experience. You will have access to our laboratory in ECW for student project (dissertation) work with a wide range of plant, soil and other environmental analytical facilities available. These include climate-controlled growth rooms, radioisotope and environmental microbiology laboratories, and equipment to monitor environmental samples for pollution, contamination, greenhouse gas emissions, and DNA.

The School has its own field station, Henfaes Research Centre, located just outside the city, with land rising from salt marsh and agriculturally improved lowland on the coast to open mountain grazing at 1000 metres above sea level. Henfaes has extensive field, glasshouse and laboratory research facilities, and hosts a number of important international and national network research experiments such as Bangor DIVERSE and COSMOS-UK. It is also a commercial upland sheep farm, which includes agri-environment schemes agreed with the Welsh Government, with a proportion of the land comprising the Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve.

We also work closely with Treborth Botanic Garden, a spectacular site on the shores of the Menai Strait that has been owned by Bangor University since 1960. The garden has 15 ha of native woodland, 2 ha of species-rich unimproved grassland, a 1 ha managed orchard and many mature trees and shrubs. There are also six glasshouses of varying temperatures, with special collections including orchids, cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants. Our students have the opportunity to establish their own research projects (dissertations) at the garden, and to develop their botanical and ecological skills through garden workshops, specialist courses and internships.

*excluding specialist institutions.

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