Countryside Management

Introduction

Course Title: Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Countryside and Wildlife Management
Course Code: CM210

Department: Countryside Management
Course Type: Full time



This course will provide you with the understanding and skills you need to manage habitats and landscapes for wildlife, and engage with people who use these environments.

Using Kingston Maurward's excellent technical and practical facilities, backed by work experience in the countryside, you will learn practical conservation, ecological and estate skills for a range of land management tasks. You will also produce assignments including leaflets and management plans. This course is industry relevant, and the college works closely with local conservation organisations and landowners, such as the National Trust.

The 90 Credit Diploma provides a full introduction to working in the countryside and is suitable for both school leavers and mature students looking to retrain. This course forms the first year of the two year Level 3 Extended Diploma (see page xx)
Successful completion will allow you to fast track directly into the second year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma and complete a higher qualification.

Overview

Qualification

City & Guilds Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Countryside Management

Course Content

Units include:
Ecology, Estate skills, Machinery operations, Land use and policies, Tourism, Woodland habitat management, Organism identification, Investigative project, Work experience.

Additional qualifications available in the first year include C&G (NPTC) Certificate of Competence in Tractor Driving and Related Operations and C&G (NPTC) Certificate of Competence in Brushcutters. First Aid and Manual Handling are also taught. Much of the training towards these qualifications is included within the course and in most cases only assessment fees need to be paid by students wishing to achieve these additional qualifications.

The second year of the course offers the opportunity to achieve further additional qualifications such as certificates of competence in Chainsaws, ATVs and Stockmanship. Much of the training towards these qualifications is included within the course and in most cases only assessment fees need to be paid by students wishing to achieve these additional qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths, English and a Science OR A relevant Level 2 Diploma at Distinction level OR A Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation with good levels of Maths and English. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will also be considered. Enthusiasm, relevant practical experience, a keen and active interest in the countryside and the ability to cope with written work is required.

Next Steps

Entry into Year 2 of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management. Degrees/Higher Education - e.g. KMC Foundation Degree in Marine Ecology & Conservation or degrees / HNDs in Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation or Countryside Management Apprenticeships Work-based Learning (e.g. Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship)

Career Opportunities

Estate management, Countryside Ranger / Warden, Countryside / Conservation Officer, Countryside Contractor - walling, hedgelaying, fencing etc, Forest Officer, Parks Officer, Wildlife Adviser, Rights of Way Officer, Environmental Education Officer, Field Studies Tutor, Ecologist. Potential employers include: National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Local authorities, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Ecological consultancies, Charities, Self-employment