Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management Advanced Extended Certificate (Level 3)

Course overview

This course will provide you with the foundation skills and knowledge required for a career within the environmental conservation industry.

You will study five topics from the course topic list and will be assessed with one external exam and three projects. This part-time course is right for you if you are restricted by time and/or other commitments.

You will need to complete mandatory work experience as part of this course.

You will learn

  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Plant and soil science
  • The contemporary issues that impact the land-based sectors
  • Countryside estates skills
  • How to manage environmental habitats
  • Woodland management
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation
  • Machinery operations
  • Countryside recreation
  • Coastal habitats management
  • Freshwater and wetland management
  • Physical and biological environmental procedures
  • Ecological concepts
  • How to manage countryside visitor activities
Entry requirements
  • At least four GCSEs at grade 4 and above (A* to C) including a science-related subject
  • An overall Distinction in a relevant Level 2 Diploma or equivalent
  • Relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered
  • Previous experience of conservation work is an advantage
  • Independent study skills are needed to be successful at this level

You will be encouraged to attend our Summer School.

This course is eligible for the National Skills Fund. Any adult aged 19 and over, who does not already have a level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels) or higher, can access hundreds of fully-funded level 3 courses.

To find out more visit: https://www.capel.ac.uk/fees-and-funding/

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to higher education, undertake one of our professional training courses or obtain employment in the industry in a broad range of jobs, including: ranger, community liaison, junior ecologist, reserve manager, environmental advisor, estate manager or environmental politics.

David's story

What I have enjoyed most about studying at Capel Manor College is the mature learning environment. I feel it has facilitated my development, not only as a student but also as a well-rounded person. David studied countryside management before progressing to environmental conservation.