Level 3 Land & Wildlife Management (Conservation)
About this course

Our estate spans over 1600 acres and is home to a range of typical lowland environments, from river frontage and wetlands to ancient woodland, farmland and a dedicated deer park with a herd of fallow deer.

Lackham’s woodlands are a versatile resource managed to demonstrate timber production, recreation, education, game production and wildlife conservation. The College's game and wildlife resources are typical of a lowland estate and include a small shoot, all of which are used to demonstrate good practice and provide a platform for practical skills development by offering a realistic hands-on experience.

We also have links with a number of local employers that can provide work and training opportunities to further experience the diverse and exciting range of countryside management work.

One of the requirements of the course is that you must successfully complete a period of assessed work experience.

What will I learn?

This course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to progress to higher level study in countryside and environment related fields, or to secure direct employment within the industry. You will undertake a wide range of practical activities on the Lackham campus, from species surveying to tree planting and coppicing as well as being involved in managing the College's extensive farm and estate in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.

Units covered are subject to change in line with developments in the industry.
Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade A*-C in English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2) 

A good reference

A satisfactory interview

Study, assessment and qualifications
This is a two year course. In the first year of the programme, you will be required to complete a 50 day work placement with an employer in an industry related to your course of study. This is a compulsory part of your programme and you will be expected to complete your work placement on non-college days.
The course provides opportunities for you to study during your time-tabled week; however, to support your learning experience and to achieve higher grades, you will be expected to work in your own time.
You will be assessed through written and practical assignments and industry based assessments.
The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Countryside)(1080).


You will be provided with additional information and guidance at interview, enrolment and during induction. The College will assist you in finding suitable placement opportunities in the industry and will support you throughout.

Additional costs and information

You will need to supply your own protective clothing such as waterproof coat, overalls, leggings, safety wellingtons/work boots and gloves.

Structured visits and field trips are an important feature of this course. You will need to meet the costs of travel and ticket entry.

What could I do next?
Successful completion of this course offers you the opportunity to progress onto the FdSc in Environmental Science and Sustainability Wiltshire College and University Centre or an Honours Degree in a related subject.
This course can also open doors into a wide range of careers, such as:
  • Countryside ranger
  • Reserve warden 
  • Fisheries officer/river operative
  • Estate worker/manager
  • Forester
  • Field ecologist
  • Arboriculture officer
  • Environmental project officer
  • Environmental interpretation
  • Environmental educationist