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
Esther King TOMORROW’S NATURAL LEADER YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST
Esther studied the countryside course at Bicton College and is currently on a nine month placement from her Agriculture with Conservation Management Degree at Aberystwyth University. Esther’s placement role is based on a farm run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, where she is working alongside livestock, as well as discovering the conservation side of the agricultural landscape.“Going to Bicton College and doing this course was one of the best experiences for me as it opened up my true passion, which is conservation grazing. If you are unsure of what exactly it is you would like to do, but you know it’s something in the countryside sector, then I’d say definitely give the course at Bicton a go, as it allows you to experience all the different paths that are
open to you."
Katie Lakeman LECTURER COUNTRYSIDE & CONSERVATION
Before starting her teaching career at Bicton College 12 years ago, Katie worked for the Devon Wildlife Trust and Thames Chase Community Forest. Katie also has a BSc in Zoology and a MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management and specialises in habitat management.
“The land and wildlife courses are focused on developing knowledge and understanding of the management of a range of wildlife species in their natural habitat. The skills, knowledge and understanding you will learn will allow you to protect species across this country as well as across the globe.”
*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.