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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Diploma enables you to develop practical skills and knowledge for working in the countryside sector.

Entry requirements

You should have successfully completed a Level 1 programme with Distinction or a Level 2 programme with a Pass.

 

Course Content

  • Tutorial
  • Maths
  • English

Unit 1 Machinery operations:

  • Tractor
  • Chainsaw operation

Unit 2 Estate Skills and Project Planning:

  • Estate Skills
  • Fencing
  • Hedge laying
  • Pond creation

Unit 3 Wildlife Study and Survey Skills:

  • Ecology
  • Butterfly and moth survey
  • Bird survey
  • Flora survey
  • Pond survey

Unit 4 Interpretation:

  • Guided walks
  • Basic lesson planning

Unit 5 Work Experience:

  • 150 hours

 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via practical assessments, witness statements and work books.

You will also take Maths and English exams and assignments if required.

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need a Derby College Group overall and steel toe-cap boots.

You also need chainsaw boots, trousers, gloves and helmet to meet latest standards. Your tutor will advise on this.

 

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to a Level 3 qualification.

 

 

 

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Helen Towle

Helen Towle

Extended diploma leads to ecology role for conservation lover Helen

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.

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