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Level 3 Technical Qualification in Countryside Management

Wildlife and Conservation Management
Wildlife and Conservation Management

The course opens the door into the full spectrum of
the industry for a student looking to get the skills to
enter employment with in the sector but also offers
the ability to extend into HE with core skills already
developed. We have the whole Hadlow estate and
specific habitat management areas as well as new
classrooms with excellent virtual support and strong
links to employers in the areas. Being in the South
East there are significant opportunities to work within
the full variety of the sector on our own doorstep.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1-2 years, full-time


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:

Year 1
You will study six mandatory units and one optional.
• Professional working responsibilities
• Plant and soil sciences
• Work experience in the land-based industry
• Estate skills
• Managing environmental habitats
• Woodland management
• Wildlife ecology and conservation management
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Year 2
• Professional working responsibilities
• Plant and soil sciences
• Work experience in the land-based industry
• Estate skills
• Managing environmental habitats
• Countryside recreation and business
• Wildlife ecology and conservation management
• Woodland management
• Land-based machinery operations
• Identification, planting and care of tree’s
• Controlling countryside pests and predators
• Freshwater and wetland management
• Coastal management
• Tree felling and chainsaw safety
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C /
9-4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include
GCSEs in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade.
For those students who achieve four GCSEs A*-
C/9-4, there is the option of a 90 credit Diploma.
Achievement of this at Merit or Distinction will allow
progression onto the second year.

Steal toe capped waterproof boots, appropriate outdoor
all weather clothing and Hadlow Countryside livery.
There is also a reading list that is updated regularly at
the College which would be worth reviewing and any
books the student may find useful should be considered.



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


  • 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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