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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Lackham campus and franchised by Bournemouth University, the aim of the programme is to prepare the student for working in an environmental science or related environment.
The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Environmental Science and Sustainability with Foundation Year will give the student sufficient vocational skills and knowledge to be attractive to employers at the end of the three years study. An additional fourth year onto a top up year to achieve a full BSc degree would place all the knowledge gained and skills developed to good use in the environmental science field.
Year one of the Foundation Year lays the foundation for the modules encountered in year two, three and potentially year four.
The number of students at any one year will be relatively small so all students will have maximum support from each module and personal tutor. This will inevitably be required as students learn new scientific and mathematical skills.
Students will be required to research current topics in their area of study and a specific module has been designed in the first year to help them understand how best to achieve this.
In the third year, a Work Related Project will allow the learner to apply their knowledge gained to a real world issue linked to their area of interest within the programme.
Overall, the course is intended to produce students who are ‘fit for work’ with the theoretical and practical knowledge which would benefit any employer in the environmental science field.