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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma In Land and Wildlife Management

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.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Conservation and Countryside
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

This course is for people who wish to pursue a career in countryside management or conservation. It can pave the way to job roles including ecologist, ranger, estate worker and countryside manager. 

You need to be motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in wildlife and conservation.  You will need:

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above to include English, Maths and Science


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

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.

The units covered include:

  • Principles of health and safety
  • Undertake and review work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Land-based industry machinery operations
  • Wildlife population surveys, ecology and conservation
  • Countryside recreation
  • Undertake estate skills
  • Principles of physical and biological environmental processes
  • Woodland habitat management
  • Farm habitat management
  • Urban habitat conservation

You will learn via classroom sessions and practical hands-on learning delivered on-site.

You will be required to supply your own:

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

You will be assessed throughout the course, including exams and assignments.

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.

For more information contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

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DCG Success Stories

Helen Towle

Helen Towle

Extended diploma leads to ecology role for conservation lover Helen

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.

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Course Information Last Updated On: July 8, 2024 9:10 am