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

Course description

The countryside requires expert management if its resources are to be conserved and developed. This two year advanced course provides the management skills to make decisions, solve problems, and plan for the future.

Suitable for both school leavers and mature applicants looking for a career change, students will gain sound practical training and have the opportunity to develop a wide range of interests in countryside management, conservation and the environment.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma enables progression into Higher Education as it is accepted as an entry qualification for some degree courses.

Course content

During the first year of this course you will complete the units for the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma.

Year 2 Units include:

  • Grassland habitat management
  • Freshwater and wetland management
  • Livestock in conservation management
  • Game
  • Practical woodland management
  • Tree felling and chainsaw use
  • Coastal habitat management
  • Sustainable development
  • Farm habitat management

You will also learn about upland habitat management as part of the second year study tour.

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 English, maths 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 practical's - Waterproof Clothing - Tetanus protection is recommended.

Future opportunities

Potential careers include: 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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