City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Land based Studies (Environmental Conservation)

About the course

Myerscough College can offer you the opportunity to train at the best land-based College in the North West, with excellent facilities for Environmental Conservation.

At the Croxteth Park centre in Liverpool students have the opportunity to work across the estate, which includes woodlands, a nature reserve, ponds and wildlife areas.

Our work experience opportunities will enable you to further your conservation and arboriculture skills in a setting that will enhance your knowledge and improve your communication, team-building, customer care skills and confidence.

This is a practical conservation course, which includes aspects of arboriculture. It is a first level to help you decide which area of the landbased industry you might prefer to progress onto or to work in. We offer the foundation skills which will help you to work safely, construct countryside features, establish and maintain sites and carry out basic arboriculture tasks.

Course modules

Year 1

Safe and Effective Working Practice in the Land-based Industry

This unit is concerned with learners following the correct procedures outlined by the employer, recommended codes of practice and current legislation. Reporting procedures and the correct use of PPE

Develop Performance in Land-based Industries

This unit enables the learner to gain experience of working as an effective team member. It also provides the learner with the opportunity to work alone, developing personal skills and performance.

Industrial Experience in Land Based Industries

This unit enables learners to gain experience of working within a realistic working environment in industry or at College, under supervision. It also provides learners with the opportunity to develop important personal skills and apply health and safety principles in the workplace.

Countryside Structures

This unit introduces the learner to the practical activities involved in the maintenance and repair of boundary fences and access points. It also encourages learners to consider the implications for wildlife of the tasks they are undertaking.

Wildlife and Conservation

This unit provides an introduction to the interactions between plants and animals. It encourages learners to recognise the interdependence of different species and to look for the main characteristics of different types of habitat.

Establish Plants and Sites

This unit introduces learners to the practical activities involved in preparing a site for the establishment of plants, in the actual planting and in ensuring the new plants are afforded some protection. It also encourages learners to be aware of what they are planting and why. Plants may include seeds, seedlings, transplants or nursery stock.

Maintain Plants and Sites

This unit involves learners in the after care of plants including the management of regeneration. It includes the basic management of trees and woodlands as well as herbaceous plants and grassland maintenance

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements necessary, all that you need is a love of working outdoors in all weathers, a passion for the environment and to learn new skills to develop yourself. There will be an online test for one of the units so an ability to work a computer is desirable. You may also be asked to complete some homework using a computer, so a basic knowledge of Word or other presentation software is also desirable.

Learning and assessment

With the exception of one unit {Safe and Effective Working Practice}, all other units are internally assessed whereby you will demonstrate your practical ability and be able to apply your knowledge by answering questions relating to your practical tasks. Safe and Effective Working Practice will be assessed externally by City & Guilds; this will be in the form of a ‘online’ test.

Progression

There is scope to progress onto our Level 2 Arboriculture or Horticulture if you show commitment to your English and Maths study, and demonstrate that you are working towards Level 1 Functional Skills with a view to continue to standard GCSE.

Careers

The course can lead to numerous employment opportunities including:

Assistant Ranger

Assistant Conservation Officer

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Steel toe-capped boots with good grip and ankle support – approx. £25

Outdoor Clothing and waterproofs and good pair of gardening gloves – approx. £30

Work experience

There are plenty of opportunities to carry out internal and/or external work experience within the content of this course. Students who have an interest in progressing onto arboriculture on successful completion of the course will be given the opportunity to gain basic climbing skills as part of their enrichment activities.

Arboriculture at Myerscough

Myerscough introduced the UK’s first Foundation Degree, the first Honours Degree, the first online Degree and, most recently, the first Masters Degree in Arboriculture. We have a highly experienced team of staff who are well regarded in the industry and regularly deliver training and seminars to those working and researching the subject. The College boasts fantastic arboriculture facitilities and is home to the purpose built National Centre for Arboriculture, a state of the art teaching facility for the subject.