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Part Time Foundation Diploma in Field Biology

Plumpton College

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Part Time Foundation Diploma in Field Biology This course provides broad vocational training for those wishing to enter the environmental management industry whether as biological surveyors, countryside rangers, or environmental educationalists, and also for those already in the industry who wish to develop their qualifications. The programme is offered on a part-time basis only, to meet the needs of those students for whom the Foundation Degree with which this course is associated may be less accessible. It has been developed in consultation with a number of Sussex-based countryside organisations in order to meet their employment needs. Plumpton College is the ideal place to study field biology. The 800-hectare estate includes a commercial farm, ancient semi-natural woodlands, chalk downland and a network of small streams. The estate is managed for multiple land-use and provides a first-class learning resource for the course. Subject areas The emphasis of this course is conservation management. All students acquire a base of underpinning knowledge and vocational skills in the first year through the compulsory modules, Landscape Assessment, Soil Science, and Field Biology Skills. There are two main option routes. Students may select more academic modules with an ecology focus leading to careers in biological survey work or more practical modules such as Estate Skills, leading to a career in estate management or as a ranger. In the second year the core modules, Habitat Management and National Vegetation Classification, build on the Year 1 modules, and students also choose from a small suite of options which provide further development of vocational skills, for example, Geographical Information Systems or Managing Volunteers. Study pattern Course delivery is extremely flexible and students may study most modules either over 1 to 2 days per week, sharing modules with students studying the Foundation Degree in Countryside Management, or, group-size permitting, through a combination of evening classes supported by occasional Saturday field trips. Either route normally takes 2 years. The course consists of a balance of theory and practical with site visits and fieldwork forming an important part. In the second year, there is slightly greater emphasis on self-study depending on option choices, with Habitat Management Plan and Contemporary Study both delivered in this way, supported by tutorials with the Course Leader. In Managing Volunteers, students have the option of being involved in New Leaf, the Plumpton College student-run conservation volunteer group. Career opportunities Graduates of HNC Countryside Management, the precursor of this new course, have achieved a high rate of success in finding course-related employment in a range of jobs including countryside and wildlife rangers, nature reserve/site managers, conservation officers, education officers, rights of way officers and environmental consultancy. Syllabus Year 1 ? Landscape Assessment ? Field Biology Skills ? Soil Science and either ? Estate Skills, or ? Ecology with ? Ecological Methods Year 2 ? Habitat Management ? Countryside Law ? National Vegetation Classification Year 2 Options (Students select two options) ? Managing Volunteers ? Interpreting the Environment ? Contemporary Study ? Habitat Management Plan ? Geographical Information Systems Course Leader Petra Billings Related Courses FdSc Countryside Management Duration Part-time: 2 years

Part Time Foundation Diploma in Field Biology This course provides broad vocational training for those wishing to enter the environmental management industry whether as biological surveyors, countryside rangers, or environmental educationalists, and also for those already in the industry who wish to develop their qualifications. The programme is offered on a part-time basis only, to meet the...

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