A two-year course, the Extended Diploma gives you a solid foundation in the science and practice of conservation and managing the countryside. You will benefit from undertaking practical hands-on projects at the Broomfield Hall estate and in the surrounding countryside.
You will be assessed in a range of ways including written assignments, projects, surveys and practical work performance.
You need safety boots, gloves, outdoor clothing and writing materials.
You can progress to a higher level course such as a university degree in subjects like Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management.
Our learners go into employment in a wide range of roles working for organisations such as local authorities, national parks, water authorities and the National Trust. Some also choose to become self-employed.
For Graeme Turner, Derby College provided the ideal preparation for his job as a ranger at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.
The wide-ranging content of the BTEC National Diploma in Countryside Management stood him in good stead for a role where every day is different and involves duties from showing visitors around and running events to looking after livestock and liaising with contractors.
Graeme praises the “friendly and approachable” lecturers and the chance to bounce ideas off his fellow learners, whose ages ranged from 16 to 38.
He went on to gain a degree in Travel and Tourism with Countryside Management but says he would not have secured his current role without the experience he gained at College.
Derby College gave me the qualifications to pursue a career as a ranger and ultimately secure a degree which led to further career advancement. The course helped me learn how to handle responsibility, share my ideas and work well with others.