Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Conservation and Wildlife Management

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.

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?

  • Typically 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (including Maths and English), or a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Progress into higher education

Career options

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

Next step: Degree in forestry conservation 

Ambition: Forestry Manager 

“I’ve always liked being among trees – they’re amazing and so important for the climate and the environment. 

“I plan to do my chainsaw and tree climbing qualifications during the second year of my diploma. They’re well recognised in the industry and widen your job opportunities, as well as looking professional on your CV. I’ve already gained my first aid certificate and completed a woodchipper course, and I’m looking forward to dry stone walling and working on a small meadow at college which has been set aside for wildlife. 

“I would have regretted not coming to Reaseheath – nowhere else offers so many additional opportunities. On top of that the students and lecturers are very sociable and welcoming and the campus is lovely.”