This course is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in the land, wildlife and environmental sectors. The content is delivered using a mix of classroom sessions and practical activities. The course works with a range of local organisations such as FWAG and the Wildlife Trusts to deliver practical sessions at local nature reserves. Students are assessed through a variety of written and practical methods. A range of topics are explored including woodland and river management, wildlife survey techniques and rural tourism and recreation. The course will provide valuable preparation for employment or pave the way to Higher Education. Progression is also available via our Foundation Degree routes.
This course uses a combination of practical activities and classroom assessment to give you the opportunity to take your first steps towards a career in the countryside, wildlife and conservation industry.
The course covers a wide variety of topics and combines both practical and theory-based lessons in order to prepare you for a variety of career opportunities. Countryside Management draws upon your learning in GCSE Geography or Biology and applies it to local, practical situations. You will make regular visits to woodlands, nature reserves, farms and outdoor pursuit centres and will also get the opportunity to travel farther afield on one of our summer trips. You might be interested in any of the following:
Principles of Health and Safety
Undertake and review work related experience in the land based industries
Undertake a specialist project in the land based sector
Woodland habitat management
Ecological Concepts and Application
Environmental interpretation in the Land-based sector
Fresh water and Wetland Management
Principles of physical and biological environmental processes
Undertake estate skills
Land based industry machinery operations
Farm Habitat Management
Pest and predator control
Population surveys, ecology and conservation
Archaeology and landscape history
Urban Habitat Conservation
The course will be taught over several days in the week. This will include a day a week for a work experience placement.
Yes. This is a mandatory element of the course.
Probably not; some employers do though.
You will need to provide your own outdoor clothing (including steel toe-capped boots). Hiking clothes, army surplus or equivalent are ideal, and a kit bag is extremely useful.