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Countryside and Wildlife Management C&G 90 Credit Diploma Level 3 at Kingston Maurward College

Course description

This course will provide you with the understanding and skills you need to manage habitats and landscapes for wildlife, and engage with people who use these environments.

Using Kingston Maurward's excellent technical and practical facilities, backed by work experience in the countryside, you will learn practical conservation, ecological and estate skills for a range of land management tasks. You will also produce assignments including leaflets and management plans. This course is industry relevant, and the college works closely with local conservation organisations and landowners, such as the National Trust.

The 90 Credit Diploma provides a full introduction to working in the countryside and is suitable for both school leavers and mature students looking to retrain. This course forms the first year of the two year Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Successful completion will allow you to fast track directly into the second year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma and complete a higher qualification.

Course content

Units include:
Ecology, Estate skills, Machinery operations, Land use and policies, Tourism, Woodland habitat management, Organism identification, Investigative project, Work experience.

Additional qualifications available in the first year include C&G (NPTC) Certificate of Competence in Tractor Driving and Related Operations and C&G (NPTC) Certificate of Competence in Brushcutters. First Aid and Manual Handling are also taught. Much of the training towards these qualifications is included within the course and in most cases only assessment fees need to be paid by students wishing to achieve these additional qualifications.

The second year of the course offers the opportunity to achieve further additional qualifications such as certificates of competence in Chainsaws, ATVs and Stockmanship. Much of the training towards these qualifications is included within the course and in most cases only assessment fees need to be paid by students wishing to achieve these additional qualifications.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths, English and a Science OR A relevant Level 2 Diploma at Distinction level OR A Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation with good levels of Maths and English. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will also be considered. Enthusiasm, relevant practical experience, a keen and active interest in the countryside and the ability to cope with written work is required.

Financial information

Courses leading to a qualification are FREE for British citizens, aged under 19 years on 31 August in the academic year you start your course.* However, there may be some additional costs for clothing/kit and trips depending on your course.  You can apply to the Bursary Fund for extra help towards the cost of transport, food, equipment or childcare.

Materials required:

Basic Stationery - Pens, paper, calculator and lever arch files - Suitable Outdoor Clothing - Practical clothing is necessary at all times. The clothing must be suitable for environment, weather and time of year. Polo shirts and sweatshirts can be purchased at the College. - Protective Overalls - All protective equipment will be inspected by the Course Manager. - Steel Toe Capped Safety Boots - All protective equipment will be inspected by the Course Manager - Wellington Boots for some practicals.Waterproof Clothing. - Tetanus protection is recommended.

Future opportunities

Estate management, Countryside Ranger / Warden, Countryside / Conservation Officer, Countryside Contractor - walling, hedgelaying, fencing etc, Forest Officer, Parks Officer, Wildlife Adviser, Rights of Way Officer, Environmental Education Officer, Field Studies Tutor, Ecologist. Potential employers include: National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Local authorities, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Ecological consultancies, Charities, Self-employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2016
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