Extended Diploma in Countryside Management Level 3 (Conv) | Kirkley Hall Campus | LBI0291F |Northumberland College
Countryside and Environment

Extended Diploma in Countryside Management Level 3 (Conv)

Kirkley Hall Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:

NPTC Extended Diploma in Countryside Management (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

The countryside management course is designed to give the student a wide range of practical skills and knowledge, enabling them to enter employment in the countryside sector or progress into higher level courses in further education or higher education

The course is designed around local needs and local habitats, many of which are present on the Kirkley estate.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You will need to have four GCSEs at grade C or above, an Intermediate GNVQ, or a Level 2 Diploma. Mature students and applicants with a significant level of experience will also be considered.

What will I study on the course?

You will study exciting units including

You will study ecology and conservation, environmental science, estate skills, principles of plant and soil science, environmental interpretation, farm habitat management, countryside recreation and policies, ecology of woodlands forests and trees, machinery operations, urban habitat management, freshwater and wetland management, coastal management, ecological concepts, upland habitat management, industrial experience, land use, tree felling and chainsaw use and specialist project study.

The course runs for 3 days per week over 2 years.

Most students study the course over a two year period, undertaking nine units per year. In the second year you will be required to undertake eight units at the college and an industrial experience unit, which is usually one day per week on a work placement.

Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/ observations, written assignments, and identification tests.

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment, including functional skills in Mathematics and English. The Tree felling and chainsaw unit will take you to a stage where you can apply for assessment by the NPTC, however there will be an additional assessment fee.

NPTC Extended Diploma in Countryside Management (QCF) Level 3

After completing the course you could gain employment as a conservation worker, countryside ranger, warden, estate worker or wildlife warden. Successful completion of the diploma course would also give you the necessary qualifications to progress onto a higher education course.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk.

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

DofEDisability ConfidentEU Social FundMatrixNorth Connect