Wildlife & Ecology Management


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

Department: Wildlife & Ecology 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 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.


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

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.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
09-Sep-19 25-Jun-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Yr1 - Mon - Wed Yr2 - 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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