If you are interested in specialising in the management of wildlife and the countryside, this programme can give you the relevant skills to work in the industry.
The programme includes work experience to give you hands-on knowledge and an insight into employment in the sector.
The programme is studied three days a week with a combination of classroom theory sessions and practical sessions in the field, giving experience of wildlife surveying and monitoring skills, and practical conservation techniques. The field sessions are supported by a range of taught sessions, tutorials and seminars; learning in a friendly environment with experts. The programme includes many visits to a wealth of diverse habitats in easy reach of the Duchy Rosewarne campus such as heathlands, woodlands and coastal habitats including sand dunes, estuaries, beaches and rocky shores.
You will have the opportunity to carry out an individual piece of research which can be linked to one of the many organisations assisting with this programme. You can also take part in a week-long field course at a site of conservation interest.
The programme has been designed in close consultation with the conservation industry, making it extremely relevant for those planning a career in conservation and countryside management. Input from staff from the conservation industry will enable you to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.
You will study habitat management, coastal and freshwater ecology, wildlife surveying and monitoring techniques, practical conservation skills, field botany, ecology and biodiversity as well as business aspects of conservation and countryside management. You will also gain an understanding of how people in the countryside need to be provided for and managed.
The programme includes a second year wildlife identification module run in conjunction with the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Our facilities include modern new buildings – bright, airy, well-equipped classrooms, laboratories and lecture theatre, extensive workshops containing industry relevant machinery and tools. A working farm which includes a range of diverse habitats including arable and grassland, hedgerows, ponds, woodland, nature, wildlife trails and extensive gardens.
Within easy access we have many nature reserves and SSSIs plus numerous habitats of high conservation value, including
– Woodlands- Estuaries
– Coastal grassland and cliffs
– Areas of industrial and historical significance
Throughout the year we have regular lectures and workshops from industry experts. The timetable includes special events that explores the diverse species and habitats we have on site such as, the biannual Bio blitzes.
Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Senior Warden with Wildlife Trusts
– Countryside Officer with a Local Authority
– Countryside Ranger
– Positions with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and the National Trust
- UCAS Code: DN4F
- Institution codes: DUCHY D55
- Awarded by: Duchy College & Plymouth University
- Course Fee (per annum): £7500
48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.
Course DocumentsFdSc Conservation & Countryside Management
Indicative Modules Year 1
- British Countryside
- Personal & Employability Skills Development - Ecological Survey Techniques
- Practical Conservation Skills
- Field Botany
- Research Skills
Indicative Modules Year 2
- Research Project
- Wildlife Identification & Recording
- Environmental Education
- Habitat Management
- Coastal & Freshwater Ecology
- Conservation Work Placement
*Modules are subject to change and availability
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.
Careers advice available
If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk
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