Logs lining a woodland path at East Durham College's Houghall Campus

Environment & Countryside Management

Our environmental conservation and countryside management courses prepare you for a range of exciting careers in the conservation industry. All courses offer a clear progression route,
enabling you to gain further academic qualifications and ultimately improve your career opportunities.

environmental conservation student at Houghall Preparation for the workplace is an important component of our environmental conservation courses. Work-related activities and work experience play vital roles in your education.


The College recently underwent a stunning £12.75 million redevelopment so you can be sure Houghall is an excellent place to study.

Our 476-acre estate with its conservation areas, ponds, woodland, nature trails, wetlands and the River Wear is the ideal location to enrol on an environmental and conservation studies programme.

Progression & Career Options

Students achieving a full level 3 programme have the opportunity, after completing an Access to Higher Education programme, to apply for university entrance to study on higher education courses such as countryside and environmental management, rural property management, wildlife conservation and resource management.

Our learners progress on to employment as countryside and forest rangers, conservation and biodiversity officers, ecologists and environmental officers.

As a highly respected institution within land based industries, courses at the Houghall Campus really will help your career grow!

For general full time or part time course enquires please call Student Services on 0191 375 4710.

To see full details on each of our environmental conservation courses, run at the Houghall Campus in Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2018/19, starting September 2018. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in conservation services, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website