This sector is all about sustaining, protecting and using the natural environment. So if you love the countryside, are passionate about its protection and conservation, and the livelihoods that rely on its existence, then this is the career for you.
We offer two options for you to start your career in the countryside and conservation industry depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected with the option to progress to Level 3.
This level 2 course is ideal for anyone who loves the outdoors and has a passion for conservation and wildlife. Throughout the course you will have a number of opportunities to carry out practical work within the rural sector and with well known conservation organisations. This is a practical based course working with partnerships in the local community.
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You are interested in working in countryside conservation, wildlife management, forestry, estates or river management.
Four GCSEs at grade 3 including English, maths and science.
Conservation and wildlife habitat management and gain a variety of experience and skills including practical work on local sites and woodlands. You’ll also learn valuable theory in subjects such as habitat management, estate maintenance, and livestock conservation management. You will learn plant and soil science, ecology, wildlife identification and surveys. You will learn practical skills such as fencing, Cornish hedging, woodland management, coppicing and foot path maintenance.
To undertake a work placement within the rural sector to build confidence, become adaptable in the workplace and develop transferable skills. Assessment includes both coursework and exams.
Our strong links with organisations including the National Trust, RSPB and Cornwall Wildlife Trust. You'll also have the opportunity to take part in field trips to Iceland, Finland, Germany and Cyprus.
Continue your studies with our Land & Wildlife Diploma Level 3 or an apprenticeship, or find employment in the industry.
Careers in this industry
- Environmental health practitioner
- Nature conservation officer
- Recycling officer
- Water quality scientist
- Woodland manager
Nick Taylor Course Manager - Conservation & Countryside
Nick has spent many years working in the conservation sector, in many roles: as a keeper at London Zoo, Taronga Zoo Sydney, the Monkey Sanctuary near Looe and as a warden at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. He's travelled the world to experience all manner of wildlife in their natural habitats, and has been to every continent except South America and Antarctica. For the last 15 years Nick has been teaching at Duchy College and is their resident expert in wildlife identification.
*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. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.