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.
If you would love a career working outdoors then this course is ideal for you. Throughout your studies you will learn the skills and knowledge needed to manage land and wildlife and have the opportunity to go on field trips abroad, including destinations such as Germany, Cyprus, Finland and many more.
With access to our beautiful farms and estates this course focuses on practical skills development, ensuring you are work ready when you finish your studies. Bicton College is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the grounds of our Rosewarne campus are spread over approximately 47 hectares, allowing you to immerse yourself in every aspect of countryside living.
As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.
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You want a career in areas of environment and conservation management.
Four GCSEs at grade 4 including English, maths and science.
During the course you will study a range of modules including ecological surveys, conservation practices, coastal management, farm habitats, livestock conservation, rural technology, forestry estate maintenance, countryside tourism, woodland habitat, forest recreation and environmental interpretation.
The opportunity to work with voluntary organisations in the UK and in Europe. Assessment includes both coursework and exams.
University study such as our FdSc Conservation & Countryside Management or employment in the industry, FdSc Agriculture, or BSc (Hons) Agriculture.
Careers in the 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.