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Countryside & Wildlife Management Advanced (Level 3)

This study programme will ensure that you will develop the foundation skills and vocational knowledge needed for employment in land-based industries. The Extended Diploma in Countryside Management is designed to provide a springboard for you to progress onto a university degree, or to find work in the countryside industry, which includes sectors as diverse as habitat conservation, game management, conservation and environmental assessment to estate management. It also provides training for people who are interested in working in allied industries, such as equipment sales, land-based industries, retail and recreation.

Aaron

I started at sixth form after school but after a year decided to change direction and come to College instead. I’d always had an interest in the environment and I realised that Shuttleworth was the right place to achieve what I wanted to do.

My favourite part of the study programme is the ecology side; learning how ecosystems work and carrying out surveys. I am planning on going to university after College to study ecology further and focus specifically on marine ecology.

The facilities here at College are brilliant and you can contact your tutors at anytime. They help you to get the grades you need, but it is up to you to put the work in and decide how you want to work.

I was part of the Gardens Team on the Woburn Estate for my work experience placement. There was lots of cutting back of plants and maintaining trees and I found that I was much more confident both using the machinery, and in other aspects such as plant identity, thanks to the skills and knowledge I had acquired in lessons.

If you’re interested in the environment and the countryside then I would say definitely apply for this study programme. It gives you both the knowledge and experience in industry that you need to progress.

Aaron - Countryside & Wildlife Management Level 3

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need at least four GCSEs grades A*-C including English, Maths and Science; or an equivalent Level 2 qualification supported by good references and a minimum of functional skills at Level 1 in Maths and English.

Course content

  • Subject units:
    During the first year of your study programme you will cover at least nine of the following units and in the second year you will study a further nine...
    • Investigative project in the land-based sector
    • The principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
    • Estate skills
    • Tree felling and chainsaw use
    • Environmental interpretation
    • Countryside tourism and recreation
    • Heathland habitat management
    • Business management
    • Land-based machinery operations
    • Grassland habitat management
    • Ecological concepts and applications
    • Freshwater and wetland management
    • Urban habitat conservation
    • Coastal management
    • Deer management
    • Vertebrate pest and predator control
    • Woodland habitat management
    • Principles of game management
    • Tree establishment and protection
    • Principles of forest recreation 
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will be given the opportunity to go on a range of trips in the UK and abroad, and enter competitions and participate in conservation and game management.
    • The College works closely with the local community and employers to give you the experience of the working environment.
    • You will also study to achieve the following additional qualifications:
      • Survey techniques
      • Pesticide application
      • Employability skills
      • Livestock husbandry

At the end of your first year you will have achieved the Level 3 BTEC 90-credit Diploma, or the BTEC 60-credit Subsidiary Diploma in Countryside Management. At the end of your second year you will have achieved the Level 3 BTEC 180-credit Extended Diploma in Countryside Management. 


Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses using a variety of methods, including presentations, case studies, assignments and practical assessments.

Further study and career options

Upon completion of this study programme you could progress on to a university degree in a related subject, or find employment in the land-based industries.

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information - www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/accommodation.

During the course you will have the opportunity to achieve additional professional qualifications. Please be aware that there may be an additional awarding body cost for these qualifications. In order to partake in the course you will be required to wear clothing suitable for working outdoors, including steel-toe capped boots and protective overalls for all practical sessions. To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of approximately £45 for required clothing, and £660 for trips/visits; you can apply for support towards these costs at the beginning of the course.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 16/09/2019 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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