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Land and Wildlife Management - City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (720) (Routes in Conservation and Game Management) at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Advanced Technical qualifications are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical-based skills with academic theory, classroom study and external visits.

The City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720) is equivalent to two A Levels and ideal for progression to Higher Education. Students who successfully complete the Certificate can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma.

Course content

Students can choose either to follow a “environmental conservation” or a “game management” route. Both options follow the same first year units and provide a solid grounding in freshwater and wetland management, pest and predator control, estate skills, land-based machinery options and the principals of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation. An investigative project provides the opportunity to research a specific topic related to countryside management.

Students who choose the two year Diploma route can further their interests in either habitat conservation or gamekeeping during the second year of their programme.

The habitat conservation option develops the necessary skills to manage habitats such as saltmarshes, woodlands, ponds, reedbeds and grasslands. Specific modules cover ecological concepts and applications, coastal management (ecological surveys, threats to habitats and management techniques) and upland habitat management (identification, threats, control and practical management).

The game management option offers excellent practical experience. Specific modules cover deer management (species identification, behaviour and welfare), working gundogs (common breeds, training programmes, health issues and housing requirements), gamebird production and the safe use of firearms. Students are also involved in running a Saturday shoot on the College estate and in rearing pheasants for Hy-Fly hatcheries, Europe’s largest gamebird producer.

Both options enable students to learn about fishery management as well as completing a work experience placement in the countryside sector.

A wide range of additional qualifications are available to students (some at additional cost), enhancing their employment prospects. These may include training and assessment in ATV operation, tractor driving and practical countryside skills.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the Level 3 City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360), and then Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720), will enable students to progress to Higher Education if desired, although students seeking a more academic course should also consider the Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) in Land and Wildlife Management which contains an additional six units compared to the Diploma.

Many job opportunities exist within the conservation and commercial sectors and potential employers include the RSPB, the Environment Agency, The National Trust, English Nature, local authorities and local wildlife trusts. Opportunities also
exist for students to become self-employed, developing countryside craft skills such as hedgelaying and drystone walling.

There are in the region of 3000 full-time gamekeepers in the United Kingdom
and a similar number who work on a part-time basis. Gamekeeping is an
ancient profession. The early gamekeepers protected deer from poachers in the medieval Royal hunting forests. In the 21st century gamekeepers main work is to help pheasants, partridges, hares and grouse to thrive in the countryside. Gamekeeping helps to ensure a balanced countryside with plentiful wildlife. However, with the development of the industry, gamekeepers now need a far wider range of skills and knowledge – from agricultural policy and environmental legislation to veterinary medicines and business management.

Further information

The management of land for the conservation of flora and fauna, general recreation, environmental education and urban regeneration requires a blend of skills. These include an understanding of ecological principles, a knowledge of
management and the practical ability to carry out conservation techniques – from river catchment systems to rural and coastal habitats.

The awareness of environmental issues increases daily. Local authorities and central government are funding and developing environmental resources, alongside new business start-ups with a conservation theme.

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Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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