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Foundation Degree FdSc in Rural Land Management

Sparsholt College

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Rural Land Management The course aims to develop an appreciation of not only the need to produce food and offer employment and leisure opportunities in the rural environment but to do so in a sustainable manner whilst ensuring the development and protection of wildlife habitats. On completion students will be able to adopt a balanced approach to the management of the countryside and employ a range of land management methods to make an important contribution to the rural economy. Course programme This course aims to provide the knowledge and experience required for those wishing to enter the diverse aspects of rural land management covering both academic and practical aspects of learning. The course includes industry skills, resource use, business development and management as well as: Sustainable Production Systems Countryside Development Rural Planning Landscape and Population Ecology Habitats Studies Agricultural Systems Environmental Science Students can also choose from a range of optional units which may include: Wildlife and Habitat Protection Rural Land Use Policy Rural Enterprise and Marketing Sustainable Forestry Data Analysis The College Farm and Estate comprises 176 hectares, of which 146 hectares are farmed and an additional 146ha are rented The main function of the farm is to service the education and teaching requirements of the College in addition to being farmed commercially. Home Farm is located in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) and is in its tenth year of Countryside Stewardship. An extensive array of tools and ecological surveying equipment is available for ecological and conservation management fieldwork and practical tasks. The college has excellent library facilities and a well equipped teaching block, the Sainsbury Building, with a lecture theatre, laboratories and current teaching facilities. Course progression An additional year of top-up study will lead to a BSc (Hons) and links are currently being developed to offer progression to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) qualifications. Employment opportunities exist in consultancy and management in the areas of environmental and countryside management. Work placement opportunities The course includes two periods of industrial work placement: Four to six weeks in the first year of study and a minimum of eight weeks during the second year. The work placement will provide the opportunity to gain valuable industry knowledge and experience good practice in rural land management. Course Facts at a glance: Course Code: S34 UCAS Code: D440 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Rural Land Management The course aims to develop an appreciation of not only the need to produce food and offer employment and leisure opportunities in the rural environment but to do so in a sustainable manner whilst ensuring the development and protection of wildlife habitats. On completion students will be able to adopt a balanced approach to the management of the...

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