Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. As well as gaining an understanding of scientific principles you will be able to develop practical skills in laboratory work, modern information technologies, geographical information science and fieldwork. An appreciation of the basis for, and changing nature of, environmental regulation and other forms of intervention will help you to understand how government institutions have attempted to provide safeguards, and how such measures have a bearing on commercial and domestic life. Your degree will allow further study of specialisms such as ecology, hydrology, geology and soil science, and you can explore conservation in a variety of contexts. You will acquire a range of transferable skills equipping you for many types of employment in ecological, environmental and managerial related occupations such as conservation, conservation education, environmental consultancy, teaching and public services such as the fire service. Public sector environmental protection by local authorities, the Environment Agency and other bodies also provide opportunities for our graduates. Graduates remain keen to work on practical aspects of environmental management and many achieve this after undertaking voluntary work. Others tap the growing commercial demand for applied expertise in environmental protection and related aspects of health and safety, or find work in waste management. Public sector environmental protection by local authorities, the Environment Agency and other bodies also provide opportunities for our graduates. Many recent graduates have gone on to further postgraduate study. One of our graduates secured a position in the Environment Agency after working a summer with the agency on a student placement scheme. Other graduates teach, at least one is an accountant and another works in environmental law. Several graduates have taken postgraduate courses taken a variety of career posts within higher education.