Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Conservation and Wildlife Management

With Advanced Technical Certificate option

For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

This course offers you essential practical training in the management of conservation sites and the wider countryside.

You’ll use the natural resources on campus along with local wildlife and nature reserves to investigate a range of wildlife habitats in woodland, rivers and ponds.

Combining theory, field trips and work placements, we aim to equip you with vital skills ready for a career in the environmental sector.

Advanced Technical Extended Diploma

What will I study?

  • Biodiversity and sustainability
  • Habitat management
  • Urban habitats
  • Wetland management
  • Investigative project
  • Grassland management
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Ecology and conservation of wildlife populations
  • Estate skills
  • Woodland management
  • Coastal management
  • Heathland management
  • Lectures/demonstrations/laboratory work
  • Field trips
  • Practical work off-site
  • Visiting speakers
  • Careers advice
  • Work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Conservation and habitat management
  • Environment monitoring and protection
  • Countryside ranger/warden
  • Environmental education/wildlife education officer
  • Estate management
  • Project management
Advanced Technical Certificate

What will I study?

  • Biodiversity and sustainability
  • Habitat management
  • Urban habitats
  • Wetland management
  • Investigative project
  • Grassland management
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Ecology and conservation of wildlife populations
  • Estate skills
  • Woodland management
  • Coastal management
  • Heathland management
  • Lectures/demonstrations/laboratory work
  • Field trips
  • Practical work off-site
  • Visiting speakers
  • Careers advice
  • Work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications

*You will study 6 units from the list above for the Technical Certificate option

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Conservation and habitat management
  • Environment monitoring and protection
  • Countryside ranger/warden
  • Environmental education/wildlife education officer
  • Estate management
  • Project management
Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional qualifications including:

  • Chainsaw operations
  • Spraying and the safe use of pesticides
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2017 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.

Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,000 students each day from a wide area. The cost of daily transport is subsidised if travelling on the College bus service. To find out the cost of transport and a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Richard Laurence

Ambition: Ranger

School: Idsall Sixth Form College, Shropshire

Age: 28

A committed environmentalist, Richard is using his time at college to add to his practical skills and knowledge and to build up a crucial network of contacts.

Since enrolling on our Level 3 Diploma he’s enjoyed an exciting work placement in Cyprus where he used local methods and materials to improve public access to heritage sites.

He’s also had a month’s work experience with The National Trust, helping to bring a new management plan to fruition, and he’s been out with management teams from Cheshire Wildlife Trust. He’s even appeared on BBC’s Countryfile doing a water vole survey!

Apart from gaining skills ranging from gate hanging to working with the public, Richard is concentrating on achieving extra qualifications including pesticide management, chainsaw management, dry stone walling and health and safety.

Richard originally did a degree in geological oceanography but went into an unrelated career before deciding to travel. He’s volunteered with conservation groups in Australia, New Zealand and London and believes that these experiences, coupled with his college qualifications, will put him in the front line for a job.

He says: “I’ve achieved so much on this course. Everything you learn is geared to be useful in your career. My work placements have been brilliant because they’ve given me the chance to see different environment and habitats and I’ve made some superb contacts.”