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Work Based Environmental Conservation (Environmental Conservation) - C&G Level 2 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical activities. The Houghall estate provides the ideal environment for you to gain practical skills and knowledge and also gives you the opportunity to develop essential employability skills. The college also has excellent partnerships with external organisations giving you the opportunity to regularly work on external sites to gain vital experience and knowledge.

Course content


Topics covered in the course: Maths & English, Estate skills, Health and safety and safe working practices, Work experience, habitat management, preparing and undertaking surveys, and maintaining environmental good practice.


Entry requirements

Minimum of 3 GCSEs at D grade in English, Maths and Science.


You will be assessed throughout the course through written tasks and practical activities. You will collect evidence throughout the year that will demonstrate the knowledge and the practical skills that you have gained on the course and create a portfolio for assessment.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector, roles include: assistant to conservation officers, wildlife rehabilitation assistant, nature conservation assistant and environmental health assistant.

Further information

Following successful completion of the course, progression options include the level 3 work based diploma in environmental conservation. Other pathways to follow could be the level 2 diploma in animal care and the level 2 diploma in forestry and arboriculture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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    • The College's Houghall Campus is located on the outskirts of Durham City centre. The Campus has an excellent reputation for a range of land based studies and is highly regarded amongst those within land based industries. The campus has excellent facilities including an arboretum, pinetum, working farm, stables and a specialist small animal care unit, all set amongst stunning grounds and countryside. These coupled with outstanding lecturers who share a passion for the outdoors, students with an interest in land based studies can be assured they have come to the right place.