You will carry out a mixture of practical and theoretical work and benefit from industry experience from organisations including Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB. The sprawling estate of Bishop Burton College will also be used as a natural classroom as you build your knowledge and skills in this area. Students spend 300 hours on work placement.
A range of pathways are available, determined by your qualifications.
- One-year Extended Certificate
- One-year Foundation Diploma
- Two-year Diploma
- Two-year Extended Diploma.
- Principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
- Estate skills
- Plant and soil science
- Habitat management
- Fishery management
- Coastal management
- Work experience and employability skills
- English and Maths, as required.
One or two years, depending on study route, normally in College three days a week.
Students can progress to degree courses at the College in Ecology and Environmental Management, as well as Wildlife and Conservation Management.
Work as a countryside ranger, warden, conservation advisor, community manager, project development officer, conservation scientist and many more.
Four GCSEs at grade C or 4 or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma.
BTEC Level 3 in Countryside Management
Richie spent three years working in manual labour before deciding to return to education to improve his prospects. He is a volunteer with Natural England and his interests include bird watching, sports and keeping fit.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: I really like the location. It is close to major cities and historic market towns, yet on the doorstep of some outstanding landscapes, like the Yorkshire Wolds, North Yorkshire Moors and North Sea coastline. I also love the fantastic library and range of resources. It is a great environment to study in.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The many fascinating modules on the course, including those which I did not think I would be as interested in at the start. I love learning new knowledge about the countryside each day.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I want to work in the outdoors in a role that is linked to travelling, the environment and conservation.