Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management Advanced Diploma (Level 3)

Course overview

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence required for a responsible management position in environmental conservation.

You will study seven topics from the course topic list and you will need to complete a synoptic exam, two external exam papers along with four projects.

Industry placements form part of all Level 3 vocational full-time courses at Capel Manor College. Each industry placement is at least 315 hours long, providing you with invaluable industry experience as part of your studies. You will be invited to make contact with employers, relevant to your studies, who could host your placement.

You will learn

  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Plant and soil science
  • The contemporary issues that arise in 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

BTEC National Diploma in Countryside Management – Pearson Education Ltd
Reference: 60312130

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
Before you start your course, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where you will meet your tutors and other students on your course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.

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.

This is a full-time course. If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of this course, your tuition, exams and materials fees will be paid for you in full as long as you meet some basic criteria for UK residence. Find out more on our Fees and Funding page. If you are eligible, you can also apply for support with travel and other costs through our bursary process. Further information will be provided when you enrol. If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees for some courses. If you are in receipt of employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You will need to pay a materials fee if applicable to your course. Find further information about help with tuition fees on our Fees and Funding page.

This course is eligible for the National Skills Fund. The fund is a government scheme to help adults gain new skills which could improve their job prospects. Any adult aged 19 and over, who does not already have a level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma, or A level) or higher, can access hundreds of fully-funded level 3 courses.

Please note that fees for September 2023 have not yet been finalised, and are subject to a small increase. Applicants will be notified of final course fees before enrolling.

Nathan’s story

Nathan studied the Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management at Capel Manor College. Nathan’s story