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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Countryside ranger
Countryside warden
Volunteer manager
Estate supervisor
Boundary contractor

As conservation become a bigger part of the UKs Agricultural Policy, the skills gained within this course are anticipated to be in high demand.

Overview of the course: 

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

We work closely with Durham Wildlife Trust, North Pennine AONB, Wear River Trust.

Entry requirements: 

4 x GCSEs at grade 4 or above which must include either maths or English.
Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture achieved at Merit AND either maths or English at GCSE grade (4) with the other GCSE at grade 3.

Level 2 Functional Skills is accepted as an alternative to GCSE.

Practical Experience:

You do not need to have any previous practical experience for this course, however you must be prepared to work outside in all weathers and get stuck in. Due to the physical nature of the practical assessments, you must be able to safely achieve the practical elements of the course without assistance.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


Land based industry machinery operations
Population surveys, ecology and conservation
Countryside recreation
Principles of physical and biological environmental processes
Woodland habitat management
Estate skills
Ecological Concepts and Application
Environmental interpretation in the Land-based sector
Fresh water and Wetland Management

How is the course assessed?: 

To achieve this qualification you will sit an exam in March followed by a practical synoptic assessment. In addition to this you will need to complete 150 Industry Placement and 3 specialist unit assessments.

Further study options after this course: 

On successful completion of this course you can progress to year 2 (Advance Extended Technical Diploma in Land & Wildlife).
This qualification attracts UCAS points and is therefore a suitable progression route to many university courses including Conservation, Ecology, Land Management degrees.

Length of the course: 

1 year full time with the option of progressing to a second year.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2021 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (19 Jan 2021 05:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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