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BTEC National Diploma in Conservation and Wildlife Management

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BTEC National Diploma in Conservation and Wildlife Management This two-year, Level 3 course has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills essential for those who wish to pursue a career within the fields of ecology, conservation and countryside management. The course reflects the need for competent, trained ecologists and countryside managers o work in an exciting and rewarding industry. Strong emphasis is placed on balancing class-based theory with essential hands-on experience of habitats and wildlife through regular practical sessions, site visits and surveys. The course consists of 18 units covering the range of knowledge and skills needed to launch your career in the countryside. Your studies will focus on the management and ecology of a wide range of British habitats and wildlife. The units you will study on the National Diploma are: Estate skills Farm habitat management Tree felling and chainsaw use Coastal habitat management Principles of ecology Urban habitat management Ecological principles and applications Deer management Livestock use in conservation Environmental interpretation Woodland habitat management Land use and policies Heathland habitat management Work experience Grassland habitat management Land based machinery use Freshwater and wetland management Investigative project Practical work placements The work experience unit is an essential and valuable part of the course that allows students to apply, in a work situation, the knowledge and skills they have acquired whilst at the College. These placements are often valuable sources of contact for later employment and provide opportunities both in the UK and overseas. The importance of gaining further experience and getting your face known cannot be overstated. The minimum 240-hour period is incorporated into the two-year programme, although this can be extended to an optional sandwich year. Past students have undertaken placements with organisations such as the Wildlife Trust, RSPB, National Trust, Forestry Commission, County Council Countryside and a range of private ecological and environmental consultancies. The feedback we receive from both employers and students makes it clear that these placements are an invaluable component of the course. Additional skills and qualifications When your learning agreement is discussed with your tutor early in the first term, you will be advised of additional skills and qualifications which are built into the course programme. These secondary learning goals are selected on the basis of their importance to the industrycareer in which you are interested. They will contribute to your employability and will enhance your CV. Past SLGs have included ATV training, pesticide application, transport of live animals and brush-cutter use. Students will also have the opportunity to take the DSC Level 1 Deer stalking certificate and some of the NPTC Chainsaw units. Qualification equivalence Being a Level 3 qualification, the National Diploma in Countryside Management is equivalent in level to an Advanced GNVQ or two or three A Levels. Employment and career prospects The National Diploma in Countryside Management reflects the needs of the industry for educated, motivated and capable individuals. The course is interesting, stimulating and challenging, and on completion students will possess a range of immediately relevant skills. The course is the ideal springboard for gaining employment as a... Nature reserve warden Countryside ranger Countryside recreation officer Rights of way officer Assistant conservation officer Ecological surveyor Ecologist Forestry ranger Environmental interpretation officer Environmental education officer Wildlife Manager and the range of potential employers includes : The Wildlife Trusts Government bodies e.g. Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Environment Agency, Forestry Commission RSPB Local authorities National Trust Ecological consultancies Charitiesvolunteer organis

BTEC National Diploma in Conservation and Wildlife Management This two-year, Level 3 course has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills essential for those who wish to pursue a career within the fields of ecology, conservation and countryside management. The course reflects the need for competent, trained ecologists and countryside managers o work in an exciting and rewarding industry....

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