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Land and Wildlife Management (Countryside Management) Level 3 Diploma at Cirencester College

Course description

This course is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in the countryside, heritage or environmental sector. The content is delivered using a mix of classroom sessions and practical activities. This allows students to develop their industry knowledge while improving their ICT and vocational skills. The course will provide valuable preparation for employment or pave the way to Higher Education. Students are assessed through a variety of written and practical methods. Progression is also available via our Foundation Degree routes.

Course content

This course uses a combination of practical learning and classroom assessment to give you the opportunity to take your first steps towards the land-based industries.

Vocational courses may be studied in various patterns and can lead to a range of qualifications


The course covers a wide variety of topics and combines both practical and theory-based lessons in order to prepare you for a variety of career opportunities. Countryside Management draws upon your learning in GCSE Geography or Biology and applies it to local, practical situations. You will make regular visits to woodlands, nature reserves, farms and outdoor pursuit centres and will also get the opportunity to travel farther afield on one of our summer trips. You might be interested in any of the following:

  • Forestry, tree surgery
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Wildlife and conservation, estate warden, ranger
  • Natural history
  • Environmental education and interpretation
  • Environmental management
  • Farming and agriculture


The subsidiary diploma allows you to take a vocational subject alongside A level subjects, giving you the opportunity to gain practical, career-related skills as well as prepare for higher education, learning the necessary research and time management skills essential for independent learning at university. You will study a minimum of six units which will allow you to focus on areas of interest. These subjects combine well with Countryside Management:

  • Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • World Development (Nature Conservation)
  • Travel and Tourism (Eco-tourism, farm diversification)
  • Media Studies (Wildlife Photography and Filming)
  • English (Wildlife Journalism)
  • Business Studies (Business Management in the Countryside Sector)



Can be a selection of the following methods:

  • Examination at the end of each unit / module
  • Coursework
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Oral test
  • Practical test
  • Observation
  • Presentation

Future opportunities

Many of our students move straight into countryside sector jobs after finishing the course. We support and encourage entry to higher education and Cirencester College offers a range of foundation degrees in partnership with the Royal Agricultural University.

  • Countryside Ranger
  • Reserve Warden
  • Estate Worker
  • Ecologist
  • Forester/Tree Surgeon
  • Environmental Education/Interpretation
  • Heritage Facilities Manager

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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