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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

A two-year course, this extended diploma gives you a solid foundation in the science and practice of conservation and managing the countryside. You will benefit from undertaking practical hands-on projects at the Broomfield Hall estate and in the surrounding countryside.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. You will need:

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science

OR

  • An intermediate diploma in the chosen subject at Merit grade or higher

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. You will also be asked to show an example of your current work.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.

To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Pass grade or above during the first year.

Course Content

Examples of units covered include:

  • Work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Principles and practice of wildlife population surveys, ecology and conservation
  • Estate skills
  • Chainsaw operations
  • Principles of archaeology

 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course, including written assignments, projects, surveys, practical work and examinations.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons
  • Derby College coveralls (these will be available to purchase during enrolment)
  • Derby College uniform
  • Writing materials including a lever arch file and dividers
  • Work gloves
  • Outdoor clothing

What can I do after this course?

You could progress to a higher level course such as a university degree in subjects like wildlife conservation and environmental management or you could choose to go into employment with agencies such as the National Trust, local authorities or water authorities. Some people also choose to become self-employed.

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Countryside Management, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Graeme Turner

Graeme Turner

A natural career choice

For Graeme Turner, Derby College provided the ideal preparation for his job as a ranger at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

The wide-ranging content of the BTEC National Diploma in Countryside Management stood him in good stead for a role where every day is different and involves duties from showing visitors around and running events to looking after livestock and liaising with contractors.

Graeme praises the “friendly and approachable” lecturers and the chance to bounce ideas off his fellow learners, whose ages ranged from 16 to 38.

He went on to gain a degree in Travel and Tourism with Countryside Management but says he would not have secured his current role without the experience he gained at College.

Derby College gave me the qualifications to pursue a career as a ranger and ultimately secure a degree which led to further career advancement. The course helped me learn how to handle responsibility, share my ideas and work well with others.
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