Wildlife & Ecology Conservation


Course Title: Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Course Code: CM216

Department: Wildlife & Ecology Conservation
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 wildlife and habitat management, conservation and the environment.

This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working within the wildlife and countryside industries, such as estate skills, population surveys, safe use of equipment and machinery, land use and recreation and environmental processes.

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 wildlife and countryside industries or specialist further study, including progression to a range of degree courses.



City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management

Course Content

Year 1
Principles of health and safety
Undertake and review work related experience in the land-based industries
Land-based industry machinery operations
Population surveys, ecology and conservation
Countryside recreation
Principles of physical and biological environmental processes
Pest and predator control
Undertake estate skills
Freshwater and wetland management
Undertake a specialist project in the land-based sector

Year 2
Woodland habitat management
Ecological concept and application
Environmental interpretation in the land based sector
Farm habitat management
Grassland habitat management
Coastal management
Heathland habitat management
Managing volunteers
Archaeology and landscape history

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English, maths and a science OR a relevant Level 2 Certificate 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 wildlife 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
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
Potential employers include: National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Local authorities, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Ecological consultancies, Charities, Self-employment.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
02-Sep-19 24-Jun-20 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Yr1 - Mon - WedYr2 - Wed - Fri 70
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Additional Costs

Study tour in second year: approx. £350. Assessment fees for additional qualifications - usually between £80 and £150 per qualification for certificates of competence such as Chainsaws, ATVs and Stockmanship. For some additional qualifications a contribution towards the cost of training may also be required.

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Basic stationery: calculator, pens, paper and lever arch files
Suitable outdoor clothing - the clothing must be suitable for environment, weather and time of year
Protective overalls
Steel toe capped work boots
Hi-vis yellow vest
AEL uniform (polo shirt and sweat shirt)
Tetanus protection is recommended
All protective equipment will be inspected by the Course Manager


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