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

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Countryside Management – Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL) Reference: 60308709

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.

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.

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