City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate/Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management - Conservation

About the course

The College offers opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of Countryside Management encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students. The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises.

The conservation route provides students with plenty of opportunities to obtain the knowledge and 'hands on' experience needed for managing a range of habitats such as saltmarshes, woodlands, ponds, reedbeds and grassland. Students will also learn the necessary countryside skill to manage these habitats, for example dry-stone walling, all-terrain vehicle driving, tractor driving, hedge laying, tree planting and fencing. Deer Management and Fishery Management are integral to the course.

The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to proceed to higher education or employment as habitat managers, estate workers and local authority conservation officer wardens and ecologists.

Course modules

Year 2

Woodland Habitat Management

720/1080

Coastal Management

1080

Deer Management

720/1080

Ecological Concepts and Application

1080

Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector

720/1080

Use of Firearms in the Environmental and Land Based Sector

720

Principles of Physical and Biological Environmental Processes

1080

Grassland Habitat Management

1080

Game Bird Production

720

River Fishery Creation and Management

1080

Year 1

Pest and Predator Control

360/540

Undertake Estate skills

Undertake Estate skills

Fresh Water and Wetland Management

540

Principles of Health and Safety

360/540

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

360/540

Land-based Industry Machinery Operations

360/540

Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation

360/540

Countryside Recreation

360/540

Aquatic Ecosystems

540

Farm Habitat Management

540

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are:

Advanced Technical Certificate (360) – Year 1

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science

Advanced Technical Diploma (540) – Year 1

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science

Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (720) – Year 2

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science

Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (1080) – Year 2

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science

Additional Entry Requirements:

Applicants are expected to show a strong commitment to the industry and ideally, have some practical work experience prior to starting the course.

Learning and assessment

Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of practical assessment of skills and written assignments marked internally by the teaching team, together with externally marked examinations that combine the knowledge of all mandatory units. The assessments and exams are spread throughout the course of the year.

Outstanding Learning Environment:

  • 1,000 acre college estate featuring farmland, woodland, wetlands and 1.5 miles of the River Brock
  • Dedicated four hectare countryside management area
  • Purpose built Countryside ‘Rural Skills’ teaching centre with state of the art facilities
  • Several well stocked fishing lakes
  • Defra registered fish farm
  • Comprehensive field study equipment
  • Excellent links with external agencies

Progression

Upon successful completion, you may have an opportunity to progress to a Foundation or Full Degree programme.

Myerscough is one of the UK’s largest land-based and sports colleges, offering degrees in more than 20 exciting subjects, working in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire. We are proud to be amongst the top UK institutions in the sector for student satisfaction - helped by exceptional resources and a unique countryside location. Our QAA Higher Education Review puts us amongst the top institutions in the country for quality learning opportunities and good practice teaching. We are very proud that 97% of Myerscough degree students progress to further study or employment.

Careers

Opportunities include countryside ranger, reserve warden and work with organisations such as RSPB, Environment Agency, Local Wildlife Trusts and Local Authorities.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Steel toe-capped boots or wellington boots – approx. £25

Protective overalls – approx. £25

Waterproof coat and leggings – approx. £50

Workexperience

Students will gain work experience on the College Farm and will also be required to undertake an external work experience placement. This is a core element of the course and ensures that all learners are able to put their skills into practice within the workplace. Employers will complete an evaluation of each learner in the work placement to contribute to the assessment of that unit. Support is available to find a suitable placement and placements are checked prior to work experience commencing.

Countryside Studies

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 sound knowledge of management and the practical ability to carry out conservation techniques – from river catchment systems to rural and coastal habitats.

Many job opportunities exist within the conservation, gamekeeping and commercial sectors, and as part of your progamme you will have the opportunity to develop countryside craft skills such as hedgelaying and drystone walling, useful for a range of future careers.