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Countryside Management Advanced Extended Diploma at Derby College

Course description

A two-year course, the Extended Diploma gives you a solid foundation in the science and practice of conservation and managing the countryside. You will benefit from undertaking practical hands-on projects at the Broomfield Hall estate and in the surrounding countryside.

Course content

You will:
  • Undertake and review work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Understand the principles and carry out the practice of wildlife population surveys, ecology and conservation
  • Undertake estate skills
  • Undertake investigative projects in the land-based sector

Entry requirements

As well as a strong interest in the countryside and environment, you will need to demonstrate that you are capable of undertaking a Level 3 programme. Normally this means you should have a minimum of four GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade C or above. You will also have an interview.
To progres to year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a pass grade or above during your first year.


You will be assessed in a range of ways including written assignments, projects, surveys and practical work performance.

Financial information

You need safety boots, gloves, outdoor clothing and writing materials.

Future opportunities

Further study
You can progress to a higher level course such as a university degree in subjects like Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management.

Our learners go into employment in a wide range of roles working for organisations such as local authorities, national parks, water authorities and the National Trust. Some also choose to become self-employed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016

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