This Diploma enables you to develop practical skills and knowledge for working in the countryside sector.
You should have successfully completed a Level 1 programme with Distinction or a Level 2 programme with a Pass.
Unit 1 Machinery operations:
Unit 2 Estate Skills and Project Planning:
Unit 3 Wildlife Study and Survey Skills:
Unit 4 Interpretation:
Unit 5 Work Experience:
You will be assessed via practical assessments, witness statements and work books.
You will also take Maths and English exams and assignments if 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.
You can progress to a Level 3 qualification.
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.