A one-year or two-year course, this qualification 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.
You need to be motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in wildlife and conservation. You will need:
You will have an interview which parents and carers are welcome to attend. You will also be asked to show an example of any current work.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration any previous experience.
You need to obtain relevant work experience: more details will be given at your interview.
To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to pass first year exams.
Examples of units covered include:
• Safe working practices
• Population surveys, ecology and conservation
• Machinery operations
• Countryside recreation
• Estate maintenance skills
You will be assessed throughout the course, including exams and assignments.
You will be required to supply your own:
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 Group 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 Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Conservation lover Helen Towle is now working in her dream job as an ecologist after completing an extended diploma in Countryside Management at Derby College. Helen, who gained a distinction in her diploma, also has a place to study wildlife conservation at Nottingham Trent University thanks to her qualification.
Since leaving college she has received several ecology job offers but has decided to work for someone else as a self-employed ecologist as it offers more flexibility.And, due to volume of work Helen has opted to defer her university place until September 2017. Helen, who is 35 always wanted to work in conservation but due to ill health when she first left school ended up working in an office before eventually becoming an accountant.
Three years ago though she decided to train for the career she had always wanted and found the extended diploma to be the perfect course. She was also able to access funding help with her studies via the 24 plus loan. Helen added:
I'm a volunteer with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and a member of Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group so the practical conservation and ecology parts of my course were the ones I enjoyed the most. The teaching at Derby College was great. Our tutors were so knowledgeable.
"I now hold a bat species licence which means I have the authority to check bat boxes. "It's a fulfilling role and I'm planning go into college to talk to students on the diploma course about working with protected species.