Where is the course delivered?
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of the countryside, wildlife and conservation industry - encompassing practical techniques, technical skills and core knowledge.
It will prepare learners for a range of careers from entry level to supervisory and management positions depending on relevant experience. It suits school leavers, progressing Level 2 students, career changers and mature students and caters for wide interests within the industry.
What does the course involve?
The course is divided into a number of modules delivered across two years of study.
Year One units:
- Health and Safety
- Land Based Machinery
- Estate Skills
- Countryside Recreation
- Coastal Management
- Aquatics ecosystems
- Aquatics welfare
- Greenwood Crafts
Year Two units:
- Specialist project
- Business Management
- Plant and Soil Science
- Physical and Biological Processes
- Environmental Interpretation
- Fresh water and Wetland management
- Archaeology and landscape history
- Woodland habitat management
- Ecological Concepts
In addition 150 hours of relevant work experience in each year of the course.
This course is delivered through classroom-based lessons, practical sessions and tutorials.
What makes this course special?
- The practical elements of the course are delivered both on the extensive 400 acre estate and off-site in the Somerset landscape;
- Course tutors and lecturers are all professional practitioners and qualified teachers;
- The opportunity to develop your skills through a minimum of 300 hours of work experience;
- Visits, practical work and field trips to various habitats and landscapes.
- 300 hours over the duration of the course -150 hours per year
- Normally placements are carried out for one day per week and there is also the opportunity for a block placement in the Spring term
- Students will be supported in finding their placement, but we would encourage students to seek a provider independently in the first instance
- National Parks, AONB’s, Wildlife Trusts, contractors, charities, private and public sectors.
Learners will need to have completed a Level 2 qualification in Countryside Management or equivalent achieved at a minimum of Merit, and GCSE English and Maths in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range.
Direct entry is possible if they possess five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range including English and Maths.
Entry is also subject to a successful interview and references if appropriate.
What are the assessment methods?
- Practical assessments
- Written assignments
- Examinations and online testing
- Assessments are graded as pass, merit or distinctions.
How long is the course?
What are the College attendance requirements?
- You will need a minimum course attendance of 90%
- 16 hours per week over 36 weeks
- Recommended 8 – 10 hours per week should be spent on self-directed study
- Recommended one day per week to complete the minimum 150 hours work experience (over course of each year).
Are there any additional costs for the course?
- Appropriate clothing for practical work including steel toe capped boots – approx £70
- Day field trips – £40
What are the progression options?
The course provides an ideal progression route to higher education opportunities including FdSc study programmes at Cannington Centre.
It suits school leavers, progressing Level 2 students, career changers and mature students and caters for wide interests within the industry.
- Self-employed contractor
- Environment Agency
- Reserve assistant
City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma.