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.
Our Bicton College campus also offers you the opportunity to specialise in a countryside ranger pathway, where your studies
will focus on moorland management, freshwater and wetland management, and plant and soil science.
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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, green woodwork, forest recreation and environmental interpretation.
The opportunity to work with voluntary organisations in the UK and in Europe. Assessment includes both coursework and exams.
The field trips we offer to other parts of the world including Germany, Cyprus, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Iceland. You will also regularly conduct conservation work with organisations including Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Duchy Woodlands, the National Trust and RSPB.
University study such as our FdSc Conservation & Countryside Management or employment in the industry.
Careers in the 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.