Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Conservation and Wildlife Management

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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
Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards nationally recognised industry qualifications, awarded by NPTC. This may include qualifications such as chainsaw and brush-cutter licences.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 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.


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 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.

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Student Profile
Jonny Taylor

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management

School: Tytherington School, Macclesfield

Next step: Specialist degree

Ambition: Estate manager in the Highlands

“Conservation is an amazing field to come into. I spent part of my work experience on the royal Balmoral Estate in Scotland. It was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience and really cemented what I want to do in the future.

“I learned about upland environments and used a lot of skills I’ve learned at college. I’ll be doing more work experience in the Peak District too.

“I’m enjoying my course and, because I live in, I can make the most of the great social atmosphere here too. I’m RAG Vice-Chair and we do so many great fundraising events. The student socials are amazing too.”