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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

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  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 Years

Course summary

Interested in a career in forestry? Then our FdSc course is the qualification for you.You will receive a thorough introduction into the forestry profession combined with an optional work experience element, so you gain all the academic and practical know-how to work in a truly worthwhile and rewarding sector. Our work experience option offers a chance to experience more hands-on forestry work, putting the knowledge you develop during your studies into a real-world context.And, from our campus in Ambleside, you will have the opportunity to study in woodlands managed for conservation, timber production and social benefits - all within easy access of the campus. All of our courses are validated and endorsed by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and on completion of the FdSc, you'll have the opportunity to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Forestry (top-up) course. This course is ideally located to explore and practice the management of forests, with the National School of Forestry based on our inspirational Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District. You’ll receive a thorough introduction to the forestry profession combined with a work-experience option to back up your theoretical knowledge. Our four week work experience offers you a fantastic chance to gain more hands-on forestry work in a real-life context, whilst on campus you’ll have access on your doorstep to study in woodlands managed for timber, conservation and social benefits. The skills you develop will see you go on to a rewarding career in forestry both in the UK and potentially internationally. You’ll have the qualifications necessary to progress to the top-up BSc (Hons) ) Forestry degree should you wish to take your studies further. You will study the sustainable management of forests and woodlands for commercial, social benefits and conservation management.- **Year 1** will develop a good grounding in the underlying principles and practice of forest and woodland management. Modules you will study include Measuring Trees and Forests, Silviculture, Wood Utilisation and Processing and Woodland Ecology.- **Year 2** you will build on this foundation developing your skills further, for example you will create a forest design plan and you'll be taught important new subjects, such as Forest Health and Protection, GIS and People and Forests.Between year 1 and 2 you will have the option to obtain 4 weeks of work experience.**Why Choose University of Cumbria**- You will study professional forestry at our National School of Forestry in the iconic Lake District National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.- Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters- We have more than 50 years' experience educating and training professional and award-winning foresters- Experience hands-on forestry frequently, thanks to our practical-focused approach- Use the latest forestry technology, such as Geographical Information Systems, to enhance your employability- Learn from academic tutors who have worked as professional foresters- Our tutors are involved in conducting ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning- Our excellent links with the Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) and many other forestry organisations help provide the opportunity to develop your professional networksIf you want a rewarding career in a sector, which is important for biodiversity, society, climate change and the economy, then this professional course at the National School of Forestry will set you on the path to success.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 10,500per year

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University of Cumbria

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    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

Distinct and pioneering, the University of Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its campuses include two in a World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
An international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.
For the 2021/22 transition year, all eligible EU, EEA or Swiss students will receive a Fee Discount Scholarship to bring fees in line with UK/home fees.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 19 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 155
    121 83%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    45.0 45%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%



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