Agriculture

Introduction

Course Title: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside and Wildllife Management
Course Code: TBC by MIS

Department: Agriculture
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.

This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working within the countryside, such as estate skills, population surveys, safe use of equipment and machinery, land use and recreation and environmental processes. In your first year you will complete the units for the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Countryside and Wildlife Management. In your second year you will then choose to specialise in either countryside, game or fisheries.

You will have the opportunity to work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements will also be provided. This practically based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in the countryside industry or specialist further study, including progression to a range of degree courses.

Overview

Qualification

City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Land and Wildllife Management

Course Content

Year 1: During the first year you will complete all the units for the Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Countryside and Wildlife Management course.

Year 2 - Countryside pathway:
Ecological concepts and application
Coastal Management
Heathland habitat management
Managing volunteers

Year 2- Game pathway:
Use of firearms in the land-based sector
Deer management
Shoot management
Gamebird production

Year 2 - Fisheries pathway:
Fish biology and health
Fishery management
River fishery creation and management
Coarse, game and see angling techniques

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 (subject to satisfactory attendance and completion of assignments) 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

4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English, maths and a science OR a relevant Level 2 Diploma at Distinction level OR an Intermediate Apprenticeship in 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

FdSc Marine Ecology and Conservation FdSc Countryside and Coastal Conservation Intermediate/Advanced Apprenticeships in Environmental Conservation

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.