A two-year course, this 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 need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. You will need:
You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. You will also be asked to show an example of your current work.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Pass grade or above during the first year.
The course will cover:
You will be assessed throughout the course, including written assignments, projects, surveys and practical work performance.
You will be required to supply your own:
You could progress to a higher level course such as a university degree in subjects like wildlife conservation and environmental management or you could choose to go into employment with agencies such as the National Trust, local authorities or water authorities. Some people also choose to become self-employed.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Wildlife enthusiast Leo Kokoszko loves his job working with seals and promoting marine conservation to visitors at Sea Life in Scarborough.But Leo, who has autism, doubts he would have been able to pursue his dream career without the help and support of staff at Derby College.
Leo, who is 20 and from Heanor, first arrived at Derby College to study Animal Care as at that time in his life he wanted to be a police dog handler.After achieving levels 1 and 2, he enrolled on the college's Public Services course but didn't enjoy it. So Leo revised his plans and switched to the diploma in Countryside Management and Conservation course, which he loved.Leo, who is passionate about nature and wildlife, is also a keen birdwatcher. When he is not working at Sea Life, Leo also enjoys volunteering at RSPB Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington.He said:
Working with seals is awesome – but I couldn't have done any of this without Derby College.
I had hardly any self-confidence at all a few years ago. I wouldn't have been comfortable talking to groups of people like I do now.
My college teachers have been so supportive – not just about my coursework but personally too. Their teaching style is informal – but in a good way.