Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Wildlife, Ecology & Conservation CM219A01/24/2 Further Education

Course Information

This is an advanced and comprehensive two- year program designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel in the diverse field of countryside management. This diploma offers a deep dive into the principles, techniques, and practices essential for effective management of rural environments, natural resources, and wildlife habitats. Through a combination of theoretical learning and practical application, students gain a strong foundation in ecological conservation, sustainable land use, biodiversity, and environmental management. The curriculum focuses on key areas such as habitat restoration, wildlife conservation, environmental policy and contemporary issues, providing students with a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the countryside sector. This qualification nurtures students' passion for nature and conservation and also prepares them for Higher Education or rewarding careers in national companies, local wildlife trusts and conservation organisations.


  • Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management
Course Content
  • Professional Working Responsibilities Plant and Soil Science Contemporary Issues in the Land-based Sectors Work Experience in the Land-based Sectors Countryside Estate Skills Activities Managing Environmental Habitats Woodland Management Identification, Planting and Care of Trees Land-based Machinery Operations Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management Tree Felling and Chainsaw Safety Coastal Habitats Management Freshwater and Wetland Management Applied Ecological Management Ecological Concepts Managing Countryside Visitor Activities

Entry Requirements
  • Four GCSEs at grade 4/5 or above, including English, maths and a science OR a relevant Level 2 Certificate at Distinction level OR an Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation with good levels of maths and English. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will also be considered. Enthusiasm, relevant practical experience, a keen and active interest in wildlife the countryside and the ability to cope with written work is required.
Next Steps
  • Employment
    Progression onto a degree course
Career Opportunities
  • Estate management, Countryside ranger, Warden, Countryside conservation officer, Countryside, Forest officer, Parks officer, Wildlife adviser, Rights of way officer, Environmental education officer, Field studies tutor, Ecologist. National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Local authorities, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Natural England, Ecological consultancies, Charities, Self-employment.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
09-Sep-2024 19-Jun-2026 9.30 a.m. 3.45 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Various 70
Course Fees

There are no course fees for eligible students aged 16-18. Students aged 19-25 may also be eligible for government funding or a student loan depending on their circumstances.
There may be an opportunity to take additional qualifications, and these will incur a charge for the external assessment. Assessment fees for NPTC Certificates of Competence for use of Strimmers and Brushcutters or Use of Chainsaws are approximately £100-£150.

Materials Required

Basic Stationery; Calculator, Pens, paper and lever arch files. Suitable Outdoor Clothing - The clothing must be suitable for environment, weather and time of year, Protective Overalls, Steel Toe Capped Work Boots, , Hi-vis yellow vest. Professional appearance clothing.
Tetanus protection is recommended. All protective equipment will be inspected by the Course Manager.

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