The foundation course is designed for applicants who do not meet the admissions criteria for the Natural History and Media degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your scientific skills and knowledge. Following successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the first year of the BSc (Hons) Natural History and Media degree.
The Natural History and Media course combines the study of photography, film-making and digital production with the philosophy of natural history and research in the natural world.
Field work experience is a key component of this course and you can develop your field skills in the UK and overseas.
When you study Natural History and Media, you will cover subjects that range from biodiversity, evolutionary genetics, zoology, wildlife tracking, ecology, and core values relating to natural history.
You’ll gain practical, scientific skills that are vital to ecology and conservation, with specialist skills in photography, film-making and digital production.
Your experiences will take you from the laboratory to out in the field and into the digital production suite. You’ll study different organisms, their environment and conservation, and document species using digital production skills.
What you will study
On our Natural History degree you will get to explore the diversity of life, wildlife management for conservation, marine biology and environmental survey skills. A key feature of this natural history degree is gaining practical skills that you can apply on land, in freshwater environments and in the oceans. To develop these skills, you will go on a range of one-day and residential field courses operating in both the UK and overseas.
Overseas field trips presently go to Portugal or Spain, Iceland and an optional module to Botswana.
Wildlife photography and film-making is another exciting part of the course where you will develop your skills to produce a documentary.
You will study different organisms and how they are identified, their life history and relationships. Through the study of their habitats and environments you will learn to identify animal behaviour and ecological interactions. You will explore the processes that shape our land and define our natural world.
Your first year modules aim to give you the underlying foundation knowledge in the subject areas that you will be pursuing.
Your second year studies develop this knowledge and start to expand your laboratory and field skills. The third year will develop the biological, geo-physical and ecological themes, whilst enabling you to choose an optional module in one of the subject areas.
The final year builds on your knowledge and skills, and again allows you to choose an optional module. Each year has a residential field course which will consolidate much of your theory, whilst developing more field skills. The final year has an optional field expedition to Botswana.
Foundation Year: Natural History Degree
- Foundation Biology
- Key Skills and Professional Development
- Foundations of Earth Science
- Foundation Ecology and Environmental Science
- Foundation Natural History
- Scientific Data Literacy
Year One: Natural History Degree
- Principles of Ecology
- Digital Production for Natural History 1
- Observational Fieldwork
- Introduction to Bio-geosciences
- Natural History – Introduction to Natural History and Media
Year Two: Natural History Degree
- Natural History Filmmaking and Photography
- Biodiversity and Biogeography
- GIS for Wildlife Conservation Management
- Natural History Field Course
- Digital Production for Natural History 2
Year Three: Natural History Degree
- Natural History Research Project
- Marine and Freshwater Biology
- Professional Development in Natural History Media
- Mediterranean Fieldwork
- Work-based Learning
- Climate Change
The Natural History and Media course is delivered full-time. You will be taught via a combination of lectures, practicals and fieldwork.
Students receive on average 18 contact hours per week, and will be expected to do a total of 200 hours of independent study per module.
Our Natural History and Media degree has three bespoke digital production and media modules. Students will gain significant hands-on experience of using both traditional and emerging media technologies as well as skills that will allow them to enter the research sector of media production.
The natural sciences course also offers numerous transferable skills including GIS, numeracy and statistics, data handling and interpretation.
The alignment of the course for CIEEM accreditation ensures that students develop key skills in ecology which will enhance graduate employment prospects in the ecological sector.
You will be assessed using a range of approaches depending on your module choice and year of study.
A number of modules are assessed through a combination of examination and associated assignments, while all the digital and media modules are continuously assessed through assignments.
Your assignments can range from laboratory write-ups, open book tests, structured essays, oral presentations and field reports through to a photographic portfolio and field note books.
In your final year you will write a dissertation, worth two modules, based on a topic that you pick from a list of subjects or a topic of your choice which is developed in conjunction with your project supervisor.
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