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Level 3 Diplomas in Countryside Management

Wildlife and Conservation Management
Wildlife and Conservation Management

Preparing students for a career in a variety of sectors within the countryside and conservation industries, this course provides an understanding of how land has to be managed in a sustainable way. You will benefit from extensive practical sessions on the College estate and farm where you will study the local woodland and waterways, enabling you to work effectively across a range of environments. These skills are further developed during your work experience.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

Extended Diploma - 2 years.

90 Credit  Diploma - 1 year.

5 days a week, 34 weeks per year plus work experience.

Campus

Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

Year 1 Extended Diploma and 90 Credit

  • Understanding the principles and carry out the practice of wildlife surveys, ecology and conservation
  • Undertake estate skills
  • Understand the principles of physical and biological environmental processes
  • Undertake woodland habitat management
  • Understanding ecological concepts and application
  • Understand the principles of plant science
  • Understand the principles of soil science
  • Undertaking farm habitat management
  • Understanding river fishery creation and management
  • Undertake an investigative project in the land based sector
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the land based industries
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Year 2 Extended Diploma

  • Understand deer management
  • Understanding coastal management
  • Understanding ecology of game species
  • Undertaking land based machinery operations
  • Undertaking environmental interpretation in land based industries
  • Understanding land use and environmental issues
  • Livestock use in conservation management
  • Understanding freshwater and wetland management
  • Undertake work-related experience in the land based industries
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Entry Requirements:

180 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*- C / 9 - 4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade

90 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4 Grade or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade
- Progression route: 180 Credit Diploma level 3

Additional Experience:

Life experiences will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Assessment Method:

Students will be assessed throughout the course using assignments, projects, practical tests and external assessments.

Progression Routes:

Extended Diploma
Successful students can progress into higher education or into employment.

90 Credit Diploma
Successful students can progress into the 2nd year of the Extended Diploma or into employment.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.

Specialist Equipment Needed:

In addition to standard college equipment, students will need steel toe-capped boots, waterproof clothing, a clipboard, wellington boots and a Hadlow College overall.

Available Clothing

Countryside Rugby Shirt

Countryside Polo Shirt

Hadlow was the ideal choice for me. Its location is perfect and because some other members of my family also studied here, I already knew that its reputation and quality of courses was good. I'm really enjoying the course. It's quite varied with a lot of practical work as well as some classroom-based theory. It has given me a real insight into conservation and wildlife ecology, as well as a large range of skills which I can take with me once I finish. The other great thing is that there are lots of job opportunities within these industries at the moment so I know the skills I'm learning will be really helpful in making me stand out when I do look for a job. Once I've finished the course I would like to carry on and gain a degree in this area. The course has really opened my eyes to the possibilities that exist and I'm excited to be part of it.

Heather Olley

Resources

  • 270 hectare fully functioning commercial farm
  • 256 hectares of land comprising a wide range of natural habitats including woodland, urban and aquatic
  • Outside classroom equipped with a range of facilities
  • Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Typical Employers

Local authorities, game estates, wildlife and conservation trusts, nature reserves and organisations such as The Environment Agency

Industry Links

Students benefit from close ties with organisations such as English Nature, RSPB, English Heritage as well as a number of local wildlife parks and nature reserves. The College is a member of The National Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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