Wildlife and Environmental Conservation

Wildlife and environmental conservation is a field of study that focuses on the protection and management of wild and domesticated animal species, their habitats, and the natural environment. While studying this subject you will learn how to develop strategies for conserving biodiversity, manage ecosystems, and mitigating the impact of human activities on the environment and the British countryside.

Our wild and open spaces play a vital role within our economy, making the need for conservation professionals imperative. Our countryside management and environmental conservation courses will equip you with the essential skills needed for a career in the industry.

You will study a variety of exciting course topics that include: managing a range of UK habitats, surveying plants and wildlife, guided walks, countryside estates skills, wildlife ecology and environment, machinery operations and industry-based work experience.

You will learn the specialist knowledge required along with gaining the extensive hands-on field experience needed to manage habitats, conserve wildlife and the environment. Once you have completed a Level 2 course, you can progress to a Level 3 course or apprenticeship. After completing a Level 3 course, you will be equipped to progress to higher education, undertake an industry training course, or work in the UK or internationally within conservation.


Introduction to Wildlife and Conservation (Level 1)

Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Intermediate Diploma (Level 2)

Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Intermediate Diploma (Level 2)


Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management Advanced Diploma (Level 3)


Our wildlife courses provide numerous job opportunities including roles such as:
  • Coastal management specialist
  • Community ranger
  • Ecological surveyor
  • Estate manager
  • Nature reserve manager
  • Freshwater manager
  • Policy advisor
  • Woodland manager

Did you know?

Employers in the environmental industry range from small, family-owned businesses to large multinationals.

The UK’s government works with over 30 public bodies and agencies that specialise in protecting the country’s environment.

There are a wide array of roles available in the industry that range from practical and physically demanding jobs to consultancy work.


We offer inspiring tuition from our qualified and experienced lecturers in the field. You will learn first-hand about preserving wildlife and ecosystems from within our grounds and woodland.

Additionally, you will benefit from our fantastic partnerships with National Parks, Wildlife Trusts, and the Canal & River Trust. These partnerships enable us to team up to conduct environmental and wildlife surveys, providing you with an interesting and varied learning environment.

David's story

What I enjoyed most about studying at Capel Manor College was 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