Biological Recording and Species Identification (University Certificate)

Manchester Metropolitan University the United Kingdom

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The award
University Certificate

How long you will study
1 - 2 year

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About Biological Recording and Species Identification at Manchester Metropolitan University

Year of entry



1 - 2 years Part-time

UCAS code(s)

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

How are these costs calculated?

Students often choose to buy a laptop and/or printer for their degree. The cost might be £300400 for the personal laptop or tablet and £50100 for the printer and print consumables.

Other Costs

How are these costs calculated?

This programme is delivered is association with the Field Studies Council and utilises FSC facilities across the UK. Core modules are delivered at Preston Montford (near Shrewsbury) and have 2 night residential/nonresidential options of attendance available at additional cost. The optional field units (6 x 10 credits) are available from a wide portfolio of short courses delivered across FSC facilities in the UK. These field unit weekends also are offered as either 2/3 night residential/nonresidential options of attendance, depending upon the choice of field unit taken. Students will be expected to print out assessments (including dissertations (with binding) and posters). Travel expenses associated with independent data collection for final year dissertations are not reimbursed by the School. Students will be advised to undertake lowcost local fieldwork at the design and planning stages of a project if necessary. Core modules: Min £40 Max £560. Depending on non/residential arrangements. Optional Field Units (6 x 10 credits) £75 to £280 / 10 credits depending on option and residency arrangements.




School of Science & The Environment

This course is undergoing a review over the next year which may mean a change to the course title and units of study.

Biological recording is vital for biodiversity conservation in the UK, with record centres and recording schemes in most counties.  This programme is aimed at those who want to develop and gain formal certification of their skills in the identification and recording of plants, animals and other species.

The course may be of particular interest to wildlife trust officers, museum workers, environmental consultants or amateur naturalists involved in recording schemes.

The programme is run jointly with the Field Studies Council and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, and uses experienced tutors based at field centres throughout the country, enabling you to explore a range of taxonomic or habitat groups of your choosing. A core module on recording science and policy ties the field modules together. There are field and laboratory identification tests plus some written reports including collection of specimens.

Your career prospects after the course

The course may be of particular interest to wildlife trust officers, museum workers, environmental consultants or amateur naturalists involved in recording schemes.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

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  • The awardUniversity CertificateHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

Active involvement in some aspect of biological recording (either professional or voluntary). No qualifications are required.

There are no qualifications required for the UCert, but you should have an involvement or interest in natural history and recording, in either a professional or a voluntary capacity.

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