Countryside Management


Course Title: Level 3 – Extended Diploma in Countryside and Wildlife Management
Course Code: CM204

Department: Countryside Management
Course Type: Full time

The countryside requires expert management if its resources are to be conserved and developed. This two year advanced course provides the management skills to make decisions, solve problems, and plan for the future.

Suitable for both school leavers and mature applicants looking for a career change, students will gain sound practical training and have the opportunity to develop a wide range of interests in countryside management, conservation and the environment.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma enables progression into Higher Education as it is accepted as an entry qualification for some degree courses.



City and Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management

Course Content

During the first year of this course you will complete the units for the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma (see page xx ).

Year 2 Units include:
- Grassland habitat management
- Freshwater and wetland management
- Livestock in conservation management
- Game
- Practical woodland management
- Tree felling and chainsaw use
- Coastal habitat management
- Sustainable development
- Farm habitat management.

You will also learn about upland habitat management as part of the second year study tour.

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 English, maths 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

KMC Foundation Degree in Marine Ecology & Conservation or degrees / HNDs in Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation or Countryside Management Apprenticeships

Career Opportunities

Potential careers include: 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.