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Land and Wildlife Management - City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) (Routes in Conservation and Game Management) at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) is a popular option for school leavers, young adults and successful Level 2 Certificate students. This two-year 18-unit course is equivalent to three A Levels and is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of countryside management, encompassing practical techniques and technical skills.

The units studied have a strong academic focus – requiring dedication and hard work – whilst still delivering a range of important practical skills. Students enjoy the wide variety of subjects that are covered, building knowledge and skills throughout the two-year period.

Course content

The course incorporates all 12 units and NPTC awards from the two-year Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720)  (also listed), with students on the Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) studying an extra three units each year.

Additional units on the habitat conservation option cover the principles of physical and biological environmental processes, urban habitat conservation (characteristics, ecological processes, pollution and invasive species), land use and environmental issues (effects of rural policy, impact of industry and agriculture, development of energy production and biodiversity) and grassland, farm and woodland habitat management (identification, threats, control and practical management).

Additional units on the game management option cover captive deer herd management (biology and behaviour, production, nutritional requirements and capture, handling and culling), the ecology of game species (identification, behaviour, habitats and population management), the principles of game management (physical influences, social and ethical arguments, laws and codes of practice and organisations within the industry), undertaking shoot management and woodland habitats.

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 and practical countryside skills.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above including Maths and English Language (plus any course specific subjects listed on the relevant fact sheet), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Distinction 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

The Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) prepares students for supervisory and junior management positions in the industry. It is also a perfect foundation for students wishing to progress to Higher Education – offering up to 168 UCAS Tariff points towards entrance on a wide range of degree courses here at Myerscough or at other universities and colleges.

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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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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