Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Conservation and Wildlife Management

This course offers you essential practical training in the management of conservation sites and the wider countryside.

You’ll use the natural resources on campus along with local wildlife and nature reserves to investigate a range of wildlife habitats in woodland, rivers and ponds.

Combining theory, field trips and work placements, we aim to equip you with vital skills ready for a career in the environmental sector.

What will I study?

  • Biodiversity and sustainability
  • Habitat management
  • Urban habitats
  • Wetland management
  • Investigative project
  • Grassland management
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Ecology and conservation of wildlife populations
  • Estate skills
  • Woodland management
  • Coastal management
  • Heathland management
  • Lectures/demonstrations/laboratory work
  • Field trips
  • Practical work off-site
  • Visiting speakers
  • Careers advice
  • Work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Maths, English and Science, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Distinction
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Conservation and habitat management
  • Environment monitoring and protection
  • Countryside ranger/warden
  • Environmental education/wildlife education officer
  • Estate management
  • Project management

Student Profile
Jonny Taylor

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management

School: Tytherington School, Macclesfield

Next step: Specialist degree

Ambition: Estate manager in the Highlands

“Conservation is an amazing field to come into. I spent part of my work experience on the royal Balmoral Estate in Scotland. It was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience and really cemented what I want to do in the future.

“I learned about upland environments and used a lot of skills I’ve learned at college. I’ll be doing more work experience in the Peak District too.

“I’m enjoying my course and, because I live in, I can make the most of the great social atmosphere here too. I’m RAG Vice-Chair and we do so many great fundraising events. The student socials are amazing too.”