Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Environmental Management with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Full-time

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Course

Four year

Eight year

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Next enrolment

September 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

This course will provide you with a strong foundation in environmental management, allowing you to develop your skills and progress onto one of our BSc (Hons) degree courses in Environment, Geography or Wildlife.

It is ideal if you don’t meet the requirements for direct entry, but still wish to study for an Honours degree. This course may also be attractive if you are returning to higher education or if you wish to change career direction.

This course is about understanding science and its interrelationship with the environment. You will learn how organisations perceive the environment and the important considerations necessary for them to invest in improving their performance. If you are interested in sustainable development and planning,  want  a career in a new, developing and challenging area, if you want to improve the environmental performance of organisations or help to mitigate global climate change then this course is for you.

Fieldwork is a key element of the programme and field trips are aligned with the specialist modules, allowing you to develop applied skills and gain practical experience. You may go on day trips to the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales, as well as residential field courses in Denmark or the European  Alps. The majority of these trips are free, with students only needing to pay towards some international field trips. 

Small group teaching is a beneficial feature of this course and there are strong links between course content and staff research interests. You will get all the support you need from friendly and accessible academic staff, and you will have weekly tutorials with your personal tutor ensuring that you  will  quickly get to know other students.

You will:
  • Gain a broad, basic knowledge of environmental studies to prepare you for one of our courses in environmental management
  • Develop and practice your field skills on a number of free field trips
  • Learn how organisations perceive the environment and the important considerations necessary for them to invest in improving their performance
Placement

options available

This is for you if...

1.

You’re returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction

2.

Didn't meet the entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Environmental Management

3.

Want to increase your knowledge and understanding of the social and natural sciences

Course details

All about the course

During the foundation year you will study modules which will help to increase your knowledge and understanding of the social and natural sciences necessary for understanding contemporary environmental issues. You will also benefit from taking part in free field trip opportunities - usually to the Peak District and Lyme Park - where you will develop and practice your field skills.

Year one provides a solid foundation across the breadth of the subject, and includes field and laboratory work, study skills development, data handling and interpersonal skills. You take six 20 credit modules in year one.

Year two extends both your knowledge and understanding and increases your specialisation. You take core modules oriented around knowledge and skills development, and choose additional modules on subjects of interest to you. The course includes fieldwork and site visits to enhance your learning.

In your final year you undertake a research project and select four modules to study. Field courses are aligned with the specialist modules.

Foundation year

Environmental Conservation

Understand key ecological concepts, explore biogeography, appraise conservation techniques and consider priorities and issues in management of habitats and wildlife.

Earth Processes

Explore the interactions of earth processes, geological structures and environmental functions, the use of resources e.g. fossil fuels including fracking and consider the differential impacts of a range of geological hazards – earthquakes, volcanic activity and rising sea levels.

Data Handling

Develop skills for application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective presentation and communication of data and ideas.

Professional Communications

Develop life-long learning skills including techniques for self-assessment and reflection, written and verbal communication skills for meetings, debates and presentations.

Choose two modules from

Chemical Principles

You'll start to understand the significance of the structure of atoms, their classification in the periodic table, chemical reactions and bonding to form organic and inorganic molecules and the importance of pH.

Science for Health

Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.

Scientific Methods

Take a hands-on approach to develop biological and chemical laboratory skills, practise environmental and fieldwork techniques, and apply scientific knowledge in the interpretation of results of experiments and surveys.

Biological Principles

Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.

Year one

Sustainability and Environment

You will examine sustainability at local, national and global scales and explore a range of case studies. Sustainability is a concept that cuts across disciplines and provides a framework for managing environmental issues. Project work will allow you apply your knowledge of the principles of sustainable development to assess and classify real-world problems and suggest solutions.

Earth Surface Processes

This module provides a broad introduction to the physical processes that take place within the geosphere and biosphere, focusing on those linked to the nature of landforms, global ecosystems and environmental change. You will develop a sound understanding of the inter-relationships between physical environmental processes and human activity, including natural hazards, climate change and biodiversity.

People, Place and Space

This module examines the role of people in shaping the human environment and focuses on key concepts such as place, power, scale and networks. You will learn about how the shape and form of cities is influenced by social and political issues, and how new technologies are changing the nature of human interactions in cities, states and across the world.

Environmental Resources

Environmental resources include food, energy and water, and spatial and temporal variation in the availability of these resources is arguably the most important issue for society in the twenty first century. This module introduces energy and water resources as fundamental concepts and examines current problems related to climate change, food security and pollution.

Applied Skills and Field Course

The first part of this module provides you with the applied skills to manage and analyse data using descriptive statistics, inference, graphs, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression. It also introduces information searching and retrieving skills, data presentation and report writing. The second part of the module involves a residential field course in the UK where you will collect, analyse and present data to put into practice what you have learned.

Academic Tutorial

You take a weekly one hour tutorial with a member of academic staff in a group of 6-8 students. The module develops your academic skills and helps you develop your personal and professional skills for study and for work. You will work on a range of geographical/environmental management problems linked to the core first year modules The tutorials involve discussion, debate, and problem-solving, and provide you with a regular forum for monitoring your progress.

Year two

Research Methods

This module equips with you with the range of research skills relevant for further study and the workplace, and prepares you for your Dissertation in final year. You will learn about the research process, the nature of scientific writing, research design, risk assessment and ethical considerations, and how to write a research proposal. The work is supported by fortnightly, small-group tutorials with a member of academic staff.

Consultancy Project

This innovative module supports the development of personal and professional skills. You will carry out a group-based project for an external client and learn about team work, project planning and time management. You will work with an academic advisor to write a project plan, allocate tasks to the team, carry out an investigation, and report the results to a client.

Urban Environments International Fieldcourse

This module provides an opportunity for you to conduct fieldwork and site visits to support the modules that you study in second year. It is an opportunity for you to practice the research and professional skills developed in other modules and to benefit from experiential learning and interactions with professionals working in a range of settings.

Occupational Risk Management

This module examines occupational health and safety legislation in a range of contexts including those involving public safety. It explores the concepts and principles of controlling risks to workers, assessing and controlling risks leading to, and the legislation and guidance designed to control workplace risks.

Choose one option from

Applied Environmental Skills (GEM)

This module will provide you with the opportunity to critically evaluate applied environmental science concepts, practical methodologies and complex scientific issues using a range of primary and secondary information sources. The lecture sessions will assist detailed knowledge development and understanding of key multi-disciplinary issues in the forefront of environmental sciences.

University Wide Language

Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Geographical Information Systems and Science (BSc GEM)

This module introduces the theory and practice of acquiring environmental data using global positioning systems, aerial photography and satellite remote sensing. It develops practical skills in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) that can be deployed in projects, dissertations and work. The module promotes hands-on learning, using state-of-the-art mapping software and mapping technologies.

Choose one option from

Environmental Protection

This module is designed to introduce the state's role as a protector of the environment, and to identify those factors influencing environmental policy and law in the UK. You will explore the relationships between regulatory frameworks and environmental standards, and critically assess case studies relating to the nuclear sector, contaminated land, and air quality management.

Monitoring Environmental Change

This module combines fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and computer-based mapping and modelling, to explore ways to monitor environmental change in a range of environments. It covers both biotic and abiotic targets and critically examines the nature, quality and reliability of environmental data.

University Wide Language

Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Year three
Choose two options from

Environmental Remote Sensing

This module will develop your understanding of the principles of remote sensing and the issues associated with applying remote sensing data to solve real-world problems. It will expose you to a range of remotely sensed data and help you to develop a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of methodologies that employ such data.

Corporate Environmental Management

This module provides an insight into, and conceptual knowledge of, contemporary techniques for environmental management applicable to private, public and voluntary sector enterprises. You will examine the drivers for, and barriers to, progressive environmental management in business together with techniques for incorporating environmental policy objectives into business models of sustainable development.

Housing and Sustainability

This module aims to provide an awareness of the impact of environmental design and construction methods on human comfort and wellbeing and how these may inform and influence design decisions. Issues covered include looking at the relationship between environmental design and construction methods in the context of sustainability. You will also consider how to investigate the causes and impacts of deterioration in the fabric of a building

Issues relating to remedial actions and conservation techniques in relation to building fabric will also be investigated.

Modelling Environmental Systems

This module is designed to develop your skills in understanding and creating models of the environment. The module will introduce the concepts about how models of the environment are created, the different types of models that exist and how they are formulated. You will also learn how to create models using a range of programming and coding techniques (including R, Python and Matlab). The module will start from first principles, so there is no requirement to have any prior knowledge of programming.

University Wide Language

Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Plus two options from

Environmental Decision Making Systems

This module examines the role of decision-making in the management of natural resources and ecosystem services. You will investigate the role of environmental modelling in supporting environmental decision-making and assess the effectiveness of decision-making tools including Environmental Impact Assessment, hazard and risk analysis, and life-cycle analysis.

Environment and Wellbeing

This module explores the relationships between human health and environment and the epidemiology and geographical distribution of disease. You will assess the availability and accessibility of health services and their influence on ‘well-being’ in communities and explore the principles and techniques for health promotion   

Sustainable Cities

Overall, Sustainable Cities is a broad module covering a wide variety of topics, allowing you to focus on elements relevant to your specific field of study. This module will engage with a host of ideas and concepts, from urban agriculture, which involves farming in cities, to methods for greening cities and the role of key actors in managing these spaces. Semester two focuses on the rise of megacities, with a specific focus on the social and environmental issues present in such complex environments; it builds on the themes from semester one and enables you to focus on a topic which is of interest to you.

Environmental Chemistry

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of the chemical characteristics and toxic effects of major environmental pollutants. It also enables you to develop an understanding of the key geochemical processes related to air, water and soil pollution. You will gain knowledge of selected waste treatment and environmental remediation technologies. The module will also allow you to develop an understanding of environmental processes related to global warming. You will develop skills for critical analysis and evaluation of chemical data related to environmental issues.

University Wide Language

Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Plus one option from

Dissertation (Human Geography)

The Dissertation is a key feature of the course providing you with an opportunity to undertake a challenging independent research project with guidance from a member of academic staff. Your research topic is defined in your second year and in the third year you focus on data analysis, data interpretation and report writing. The module fine-tunes your research skills and provides you with a wide range of skills that may deployed in further study or the workplace.

Human Geography Research Project with Fieldwork

This module provides an alternative option to the traditional dissertation. The module is based around a residential fieldtrip on which a piece of research will be carried out. In the first semester of your final year you will design, in consultation with the module staff, a research project to carry out in the location for the fieldtrip. This initial piece of work will be assessed by an assignment. You will then go on the fieldtrip and carryout your research project. In the second semester, again in consultation with staff, you will produce a second assignment outlining the results of your research. The previous fieldwork location has been Barcelona in Spain but this may be subject to change.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

You will learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Research projects
  • Field courses
  • Guided reading
  • Assignments

ASSESSMENT

Your assessment is based on a combination of exams and coursework throughout.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.

facilities

We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Environmental consultancies, local authorities, utility companies (such as water, electricity and gas), and organisations within the voluntary sector are all concerned with the protection of the environment. A wide range of organisations employ environmental managers to set up and manage their environmental management systems in order to comply with legislation and to conform to national and international standards.

You will develop a range of personal and professional skills throughout your degree which will make you highly employable. These include report writing and presentation skills, data interpretation and IT skills and team work and project management skills.

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Satisfaction

A taste of what you could become

An environmental consultant

An environmental education officer

An environmental manager

A nature conservation officer

A recycling officer

And more...

Career Links

This course includes modules that allow you to work with external agencies including companies, research organisations and voluntary groups. You will develop many of the key skills sought by employers and experience practical real-world project work that will give you an insight into the world of work.

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

You are encouraged to undertake an additional placement year in an industrial, governmental or research establishment, which we will help you to arrange.

Requirements

What you need to know

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English language and mathematics at or above grade C or 4 

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

64 UCAS points

A level

64 UCAS points

BTEC National Diploma

MPP

Scottish Highers

64 UCAS points from Higher Level

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 UCAS points from Higher Level

European Baccalaureate

Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification

Access to Higher Education

64 UCAS points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Additional costs

All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money. 

International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID F850

Institution S03