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Environmental Management Foundation Year

Foundation Year

School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Environment

UCAS Code: F850

Start Date(s): September


Four years full-time (one year to complete the Foundation Year and three years to complete the degree)
Eight years part-time (two years to complete the Foundation Year and six years to complete the degree)


UK - £6,165

International - £12,300

In Brief:

  • Gain a broad, basic knowledge of environmental studies to prepare you for one of our courses in Environmental Management, Geography or Wildlife
  • Free field trip opportunities to develop and practice your field skills
  • Ideal if you’re returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
  • Part-time study option

Course Summary

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.

During the Environmental Management 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.

Paula Denton
Environmental Management Foundation Year graduate

I chose the foundation year because it led on to the course I wanted to do and was a great help in preparing me for BSc Hons study. Course content is great as it covers a broad range of skills that in my case needed refreshing; for example maths, essay writing and research were all areas I needed to develop.

Core modules may include:

  • Data Handling
  • Professional Communications
  • Earth Processes
  • Environmental Conservation

Optional modules may include:

  • Biological Principles
  • Chemical Principles
  • Science for Health
  • Scientific Methods

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
European Baccalaureate Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Maths and English Grade C or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications
UCAS tariff points 64 points
GCE A level 64 points
BTEC National Diploma MPP
Scottish Highers 64 points from Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate 64 points from Higher Level

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

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.

English Language Requirements

This course is not suitable for international applicants.

Applicant profile

This course is ideal if you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry, but still wish to study for an Honours degree. The course is also attractive if you are a mature person returning to higher education or if you wish to change career direction.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6,165
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,300

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

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


Teaching is through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Independent learning

Regular small group tutorials are designed to encourage discussion and lead to understanding of the complexity of environmental issues. Additionally, meetings with your tutor will allow you to chart progress and plan and organise your work schedules.


A range of assessment methods are used in order to familiarise you with various techniques that you will encounter in subsequent studies such as essays, group projects, posters, oral presentations, problem solving exercises and written exams.  Each module is assessed separately either by a combination of exams and coursework or through continuous assessment.


Depending on which course you choose to take after completing the foundation year, there are many career paths to follow across all the fields of study including working for local authorities, the private sector such as airports and other large organisations, and in wildlife parks and zoos.

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