Environmental Conservation & Heritage Management

In Cirencester

£ 9,250 VAT inc.


  • Typology

    Foundation degree

  • Location


  • Duration

    2 Years


The input of prospective employers working within these sectors has been critical to the successful development of this course. A unique blend of academic and practical training is offered to ensure that graduates will be fully prepared either to enter into immediate employment with a Foundation Degree qualification or or to further advance their studies onto a BSc Honours conversion course.

Upon successful completion of this foundation degree, you will have the opportunity to progress on to an appropriate BSc Honours course, such as BSc (Hons) Countryside Management at the RAU. Progression opportunities will also be available to appropriate honours conversion courses at other HEIs in the UK.

Important information


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Cirencester (Gloucestershire)
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This course has been developed in response to the increasing demand for employees within the environmental, conservation and heritage sectors from those organisations who are involved in the conservation and preservation of our landscapes, habitats and historic resources.

- A Level: CD – min.56 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least one A Level pass.) - BTEC: MPP - GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required. - International Baccalaureate: 24 points. - Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)

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  • Environmental Conservation
  • Heritage management
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Landscaping
  • Urban Planning
  • Environmental Quality
  • Management

Course programme


The course has been designed with our partners at Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both institutions.

The first year is the underpinning year, which introduces the principles of ecology, landscape development, cultural history, and heritage management. Once you have successfully completed the first year of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Higher Education before progressing onto the second year which will further develop your skills through more in-depth activities. You will undertake habitat surveys, research projects and presentations, and produce information resources.

In addition, you will be trained in a range of practical conservation, archaeological and field skills, including opportunities to complete certificated courses in machinery and equipment operations relevant to conservation activities. The cost of training courses, which are taught at the Rural Innovation Centre, are included in the tuition fees.

The course is assessed through a wide range of approaches, including research projects, examinations, case studies, business plans, portfolio, presentations, and practical skills. You will also be required to supervise and mentor first year students on practical conservation activities as part of your training in volunteer management.


Year one
  • Introduction to Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management
  • Landscape - Physical and Biological
  • Landscape Cultural History and Change
  • Field Ecology
  • Heritage Management 1
  • Practical Conservation Skills

Year two
  • Supervisory and Mentoring Skills
  • Heritage Management 2
  • Landscape Conservation
  • Wildlife Habitat Management
  • Amenity, Access and Education
  • Historic Asset Management

Course modules are subject to change.

Work experience

You will complete a period of compulsory work experience during the summer holiday between your first and second year, to experience a blend of wildlife, heritage and environmental management activities that occur within the sector. You will be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence of your learning experience.

Additional information

Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.

UK and EU students

Full-time fees - £9,250 per year

Part-time fees - £4,500 per year (Duration of course 4 years) 

International students

Full-time fees - £10,000 per year

Part-time fees - £5,000 per year (Duration of course 4 years)

The tuition fees quoted for 2017 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.

Part-time fees will be charged on a pro-rata basis.

Please note: International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General).


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries.

Environmental Conservation & Heritage Management

£ 9,250 VAT inc.