Learning in practice

Students taking measurements of a river on a field tripWe use a wide range of teaching and learning approaches in the course including lectures, small group workshops, tutorials laboratory and computer practicals and field trips. These are supported by our state-of-the-art resources in our new building and on campus and University farmland nearby.

Practical work is an essential part of the degree and Year 1 and 2 students make regular visits to key sites and organisations such as the Chilterns AONB and the New Forest. The aim is to study different aspects of management and issues such as conservation, renewable energy and sustainability. There are two residential field courses where you will learn about the complexities of maintaining and managing specific resources. Recently, at field courses in Devon and Pembrokeshire, students have studied moorland, rivers and coasts, national parks and natural and plantation woodland. Students are encouraged to make the most of opportunities for overseas fieldwork for dissertation research or work placements. Student often take part in a wide-range of volunteering opportunities related to conservation or habitat management through student societies and the Reading Experience and Development Award.

Organisations are increasingly looking to employ graduates with practical work experience. We give you the opportunity to gain or extend your experience of the workplace, a dedicated staff member helps to secure and coordinate placement opportunities across a wide range of employers. All students will undertake a short placement between Years 1 and 2, whilst those on the 4-year Professional Experience option will take a year out after Year 2. Recent placements include the Cotswold Conservation Board, the Game Conservancy Trust or working with farming or forestry estates. Alternatively, some students opt for paid work experience in the vacations whilst others gain experience by studying abroad.

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