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This study programme is designed for 16-18 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

This qualification is for you if you are aged 16-19, and want to work within the countryside or wildlife conservation sector. It is designed to provide you with a very wide range of specialist technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding which will equip you to seek a diverse range of employment opportunities, or to further learning and training within the land and wildlife industries. This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working within the countryside, such as estate skills, population surveys, safe use of equipment and machinery, land use and recreation and environmental processes. 


By taking this large qualification (1080), you will be exposed to, and have the opportunity to gain experience in, the wider land and wildlife sector. This will enable you to progress to a diverse range of employment opportunities, as you will have gained hands-on experience over 2 years, which employers really value. 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma require a minimum of five GCSE's at Grade 4 or above (GCSE C+) including Maths, English and Science. Due to the nature of the qualification these entry requirements are fixed and are therefore strict.  Those students with a BTEC or City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care at Merit level or above will also be considered. They must also have improved their English and Maths grades, and have positive references from their current teaching team. For more information on the criteria required for progression, please visit the Level 2 Technical course information page.


Applicants are expected to show a strong commitment to the industry and ideally, have some practical work experience prior to starting the course.

Level 3 qualifications are set at A-level equivalent status, the Level 3 Animal Management qualifications are equivalent in size to 3 A-Levels.  They cover more complex work and will help you develop your supervisory skills. It shows you have the ability to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding at a detailed level appropriate if you plan to go to university, work independently or (in some cases) supervise and train others in their field of work. 


Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Countryside) (1080)

What you'll learn (core modules)

Throughout the duration of the course, you will study the following modules;
Year One: 

  • 301 Principles of Health and Safety
  • 302 Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land Based Industries
  • 303 Land Based Industry Machinery Operations
  • 304 Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation
  • 305 Countryside Recreation
  • 310 Undertake Estate Skills
  • 315 Undertake Grassland Habitat Management 
  • 321 Heathland Habitat Management
  • 322 Urban Habitat Conservation 
  • 340 Fresh Water and Wetland Management


Year Two:

  • 306 Principles of Physical and Biological Environmental Processes
  • 307 Woodland Habitat Management
  • 314 Farm Habitat Management 
  • 318 Ecological Concepts and Application
  • 320 Environmental Interpretation in the Land Based Sector
  • 323 Greenwood Crafts
  • 327 Expeditions Activities
  • 341 Aquatics Ecosystem
  • 353 Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land Based Sector 


Modules in bold are exam/synoptic based.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

All courses within Animal Studies require students to demonstrate resilience, ambition and ownership to ensure their success on the course. Alongside the development of these vital Character Strengths, students are also coached to work within our Professional Standards.


Professional Standards within Animal Studies includes; 

    Attendance must be above 95% in all areas of the Study Programme, including English and Maths. 

    Demonstrate commitment to the Animal Sector by challenging yourself to excel. 

    All interactions with staff (both within the college and externally within your work placement) and peers must be respectful.

     Demonstrate accountability for the quality of your own work.

    Support other students on your course and within the Animal Studies department.

    Display model behaviours in both theory and practical areas that demonstrate our values in action.

    Ensure optimal animal care and welfare alongside compliance with legislation.

    Demonstrate behaviours that support equality, diversity and inclusion.



How will I be assessed?

To gain the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management, students must successfully achieve the following assessments:


Year 1:

  • One Theory Exam covering the four mandatory units: 303, 304, 310 (40% of the final grade)
  • One Synoptic Assessment covering the four mandatory units: 303, 304, 310 (60% of the final grade)
  • One Multiple Choice Exam covering 301 Health and Safety (Pass or Fail only)
  • Work Experience Portfolio (including log of 150 hours in a suitable external work placement) for unit 302
  • 11 optional unit assignments
  • 4 optional unit practical assessments

Year 2:

  • One Theory Exam covering the seven mandatory units: 306, 307, 318 (40% of the final grade)
  • One Synoptic Assessment covering the four mandatory units: 306, 307, 318 (60% of the final grade)
  • 15 optional unit assignments
  • 4 optional unit practical assessments

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

This course is being delivered at the main campus in Bury St Edmunds 

Where will the course take me?

This two-year qualification exposes you to the whole industry, and the opportunities within it. On completion, it is likely that you will enter the industry by working for an estate, land owner, wildlife reserve, farm, sporting estate or a fishery. As you will have gained a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge over a very wide range of units, you could progress within work to become: a Countryside ranger, a Countryside warden, a Volunteer manager, an Estate supervisor, a Boundary contractor etc.


You may wish to learn more through an Advanced Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation or Game and Wildlife Management, which allows you to combine working for a wildlife trust or estate, or a similar job, typically attending one day a week at college or with a training provider.  OR you may wish to progress onto further learning within a Higher Education Institution (university). You could take a course such as: FdSc British Wildlife Conservation, BSc Countryside Management, BSc Countryside Conservation, BSc Marine Ecology and Conservation, BSc Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management, BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation etc.


Successful achievement of the full, two year Advanced Technical Extended Diploma carries 48 - 168 UCAS tariff points depending on your grade (equivalent to 3 A levels grade A*-E).

Will I need any materials or equipment?

There will be trips run throughout the academic year that may include an additional cost for transport etc. This will be advertised to the students in a letter before the trip commences. 
Students are expected to provide their own stationary in order to engage and achieve fully in their lessons, we suggest the following items:
  • A4 lever arch file
  • Dividers
  • Plastic 'poly pockets' for submitting assignments
  • A4 lined paper
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Highlighter pens
  • Ruler
  • Colouring pens/pencils
  • USB stick or removable device which is compatible with personal devices and standard USB port 


Students are encouraged to bring their own device (BYOD) such as a laptop or tablet but this is not a 

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Days & times

Starting September 2021
Monday 09:15 - 16:15
Tuesday 09:15 - 16:15
Thursday 09:15 - 16:15

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