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BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, there are a couple of popular science books you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, our Head of Biology suggests:

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World – by Stephen L. Brusatte
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History – by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Diversity of Life – by Edward O. Wilson

Useful websites

Did you know you can hang out with scientists online via The Natural History Museum?

You can also use the BBC and Guardian websites to follow science (especially conservation) stories in the press. Focus on the scientific principles rather than the human element as you read.

For some great articles and insights, the NewScientist.com is highly recommended.

Other useful websites include:


Things to do now

Here are a couple of ideas for you to try some Bioscience related fun:

  • Try some home experiments: STEM Learning has some good ideas
  • Discover a new and exciting topic with a TED talk
  • Start a journal: get practicing for writing a lab book!

Meet your programme lead:


Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself