It's great that you want to get into conservation as a career, hopefully I think you'll find it just as fulfilling as nursing/midwifery. The conservation sector is incredibly broad with possible careers ranging from project management, policy, research, consultancy, education along with species monitoring, breeding programmes and reintroductions. Each one of these areas is filled with challenges that need proactive and passionate people to engage with if we are to address the global biodiversity and climate change emergency. I personally have always had a passion for the natural world and I am determined to contribute to its preservation in some way so that future generations can enjoy it.
Deciding the right course can of course be a challenge as there are such a range to choose from. Have you considered the University of Kent as possible option?
I think you would be pleasantly surprised by the range of natural science modules that you could take on the BSc Wildlife Conservation course to really tailor it to your interests. For example, if the natural sciences is your passion, then there are module options that explore evolutionary genetics, the diversity of living organisms, the function of plants and animals, biological anthropology, the biology of mammals, hormones and behaviour, and the opportunity to go on a research field field trip to conduct tropical ecology surveys. There are also a range of geographical and anthropological modules that you can choose from as well which add another perspective to the nature and challenges facing the conservation sector.
In terms of entry requirements it is BBB for A Levels including a natural science subject. As for statistics, Geography and Environmental Studies at Kent was ranked 1st in the UK for research output in the Times Higher Education. I would say that when it comes to making a difference in the conservation sector, conducting and engaging in quality research is an absolute necessity.
Just to introduce myself, I am a student from the University of Kent studying Wildlife Conservation with a Year in Professional Practice. I am currently on my Placement Year and have found the course to be incredibly useful and fulfilling so far. I have found the student and staff community, alongside the expert teaching within the School of Anthropology and Conservation, to be really engaging and supportive; you really feel that you are a part of active conservation network. The school is also a part of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), which is unique to the University of Kent. As an institute it strives to conserve biodiversity and the ecological processes that humans as a species depend upon by breaking down of scientific barriers and improving conservation policy and management through groundbreaking research and teaching. When I was applying for universities this really set Kent apart from the others as a true investment into my future career and my desire to really make a difference in the conservation sector. The option to do a Year in Professional Practice was also a great opportunity for me to improve my ecological and employability skills, as well as make useful networking connections in my preferred conservation field.
I hope that you found my experiences useful as you reflect on which course to choose. I ask you though, whether you are choosing a conservation course purely based on academics or social enrichment, why not choose one that offers both?