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Countryside Management Level 3 (Game and Wildlife) Subsidiary Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

The countryside management course is designed to give the student a wide range of practical skills and knowledge, enabling them to enter employment in the countryside sector or progress into higher level courses in further education. The course is designed around local needs and local habitats, many of which are present on the Kirkley estate.

Course content

You will study exciting units including? You will study ecology and conservation, shoot management, estate skills, Pest and predetor control , specialist project study, woodland management and farm habitat management.

Entry requirements

You will need to have four GCSEs at grade C or above, an Intermediate GNVQ, or a Level 2 Diploma. Mature students and applicants with a significant level of experience will also be considered.


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/ observations, written assignments, and identification tests.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could build on what you have already achieved by studying a further 6 unit. This would allow you to gain a 120 credit Diploma in Countryside management. Completing the course could also allow you to gain employment as a conservation worker, countryside ranger, warden, estate worker or wildlife warden.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities