Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management Extended Diploma (Level 3)

Course overview

This course is the second year programme of the Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management Advanced Diploma (Level 3), and is the equivalent to obtaining three A levels.

You will build upon the knowledge that you gained in your first year studying the Advanced Diploma (Level 3) by covering an additional eight topics in further detail.

You will learn

  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Plant and soil science
  • More about contemporary issues in 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

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.

Ivor's story

The tutors are relaxed and help to make a comfortable environment to learn in. They understand how we learn as individual students and adapt themselves to teach us in the best way possible.