About the course
This course will develop your knowledge of wildlife conservation and the environment. You’ll also study different wildlife habitats and take part in classroom activities to learn about how to protect and save rare wildlife.
Why choose Brackenhurst
Brackenhurst is set in stunning countryside just a bus ride away from Nottingham city centre. We are part of Nottingham Trent University. We offer college courses alongside our degree courses, all taught by our skilled, experienced and supportive staff.
At Brackenhurst, you’ll have access to incredible facilities. These include an animal unit, farm facilities, equestrian centre, laboratories, library and gardens and fields that are overflowing with plants and wildlife. Studying with us means that you’ll be a part of an amazing learning environment. You get all the perks of being part of a big university, but you will still enjoy the comforts of a friendly college.
We have limited on-site accommodation available for students studying on this course. Please contact us for more details.
Brackenhurst is easy to get to. We’re just 14 miles from Nottingham city centre, next to the town of Southwell. Find out more about getting here.
What you'll study
This course is for anyone passionate about the environment and keen to learn how to protect and save rare species. You'll gain an understanding of wildlife conservation and develop practical hands-on experience of managing wildlife and habitats, outdoors and as part of a team.
- Principles of health and safety
- Undertake and review work experience
- Land Based machinery operations
- Population, surveys, ecology and conservation
- Countryside recreation
- Undertake estate skills
- Aquatic Eco systems
- Principles of Grassland Management
- Farm Habitat Management
- Heathland Habitat Management
Learners will gain experience and an understanding of health and safety applied to land-based industry and practice, including risk assessment, first aid and legislation.
Learners will complete 150 hours work experience/placement(s) in an environmental or wildlife based sector
Study the purpose and correct operation of land-based machinery used in practical habitat and wildlife management.
This unit explores ecosystems, plants and animals and how these have changed through time. You’ll take part in wildlife and habitat surveys to learn about conservation management.
Study the history and provision of the countryside and how we can manage these effectively in balance with recreation and maintaining wildlife biodiversity.
Gain an understanding of physical habitat management tasks with biodiversity and wildlife conservation as the primary target.
Learn about the essentials of aquatic ecosystems, including both marine and fresh water to explore energy and nutrient flows and how to survey, monitor and manage these habitats.
You’ll learn about the principles of grassland habitat management and how we can manage these habitats for wildlife and biodiversity.
Explore the interesting relationship between agriculture and conservation, putting theory and principles of farm habitat management into practice for wildlife and biodiversity, on our 200 hectare working farm and estate.
In this module learners with explore the species associated with heathland and the best practices for managing this habitat for wildlife and biodiversity
- Principles of Physical and Biological processes
- Woodland Management
- Ecological Concepts and Application
- Environmental Interpretation
- Fresh Water and Wetland Management
- Research Project
- Plant and Soil Science
- Urban Habitat Conservation
- Business management
Develop an understanding of geology, climate, hydrology and how these support wildlife habitats.
You’ll explore the history and theory of woodland habitat management and how to manage these habitats, both on campus and with local charities.
This module will explore in depth ecology of species, behavioural ecology, population dynamics and further extended flora and fauna surveys.
You’ll investigate and create media interpretation boards, blogs, maps and leaflets based on your interests and findings from the course.
You’ll investigate a range of fresh water habitats found in the UK, exploring their ecology, function and management for biodiversity and water quality for this under threat habitat.
Learn how to undertake, research and report on a research project of your choice.
Gain an understanding of the theory of soil and plant science and how these relate to protecting habitats and wildlife.
Investigate the theory of urban habitat management and how to manage these habitats for wildlife and plants.
You’ll explore the role of business management within the environmental sector, increasing your employability skills and business understanding.
How you’re taught
You’ll learn in our fantastic facilities and be taught by tutors who have real-life experience of working within wildlife and conservation. You can expect the course to be split so that approximately 40% is practical work and 60% is theory work. You will be taught through lectures, group discussions and practical demonstrations. You’ll also get to go on trips to different locations, including nature reserves, farms, estates and rehabilitation centres.
The course includes a work placement. This allows you to develop your skills and knowledge in ecology, the environment and wildlife conservation, and looks good to future employers. You'll get to take part in volunteering projects at local conservation organisations, including The Wildlife Trusts, private environmental consultants, and environmental and countryside management organisations.
How you’ll be assessed
You'll be assessed through written assignments, presentations, practical assessments, class tests and external exams.
Careers and employability
After completing this course there are a number of options and routes that you can take. You could choose to continue your studies and go onto a higher education course or pursue a career in a wildlife conservation and environment-related industry.
If you are successful and achieve the right combination of results, you’ll be able to progress on to the FdSc Wildlife Conservation, BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation or BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation degrees right here at NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus.
Future jobs within the wildlife conservation and environment industry include:
- researcher- you could earn up to £18,000
- countryside / game ranger- you could earn up to £20,000
- ecological assistant- you could earn up to £22,000
- nature conservation officer- you could earn up to £24,000
- zookeeper- you could earn up to £24,000
Work placements are a great way to broaden your knowledge and skills. You will have the opportunity the take part in work experience in a range of conservation projects and organisations.
We have a wide network of links within the industry which will enable you to get the best placements.
There is a wealth of wildlife living on the Brackenhurst Campus including hedgehogs, bats, great crested newts and various species of birds. You'll use the campus as an outdoor classroom and gain a wealth of practical skills.
For 2020 entry you'll need:
- Four GCSEs including Science at grade 4 / C or above and including maths or English at grade 4 / C or above.
- If you have a grade 3 / D in maths or English (where the other subject is at least grade 4 / C), you’ll need to complete GCSE retakes as part of your study programme.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
You will also be required to attend an interview.
Applications are welcome from mature and international students.
Getting in touch
If you need any more help or information, please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299.
We welcome applications from international students. Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 to discuss how your qualifications match our course requirements.
How to apply
Applying is really easy. Follow our step-by-step guide below.
Fill in an application form
- Download an application form. Remember to show your passion for your chosen subject in your personal statement.
- Provide contact details for two referees - usually one teacher from your current School or College and one character reference which could refer to any volunteering, work experience or hobbies you may have (i.e. Sea Scouts, sports clubs etc.). Alternatively, this can be a long standing family friend or neighbour.
Come for an interview
- If you meet the criteria for the course, we’ll invite you in for an interview. We’ll send you details of what will happen on the day in advance through the post. Don’t panic! Our tutors are really friendly and will help you to do your best.
Get your offer
- We’ll write to you and let you know how you got on at the interview. Hopefully we’ll be able to offer you a place on the course. This offer might be conditional on your upcoming exam results – for example GCSEs.
Accept your offer
- You need to tell us that you want to accept your offer of a place by returning your confirmation slip to us or calling us on 0115 848 5299.
Get your exam results
- If you’re taking GCSEs, you’ll get your results on Thursday 20 August 2020. Other exam results will also come out over the summer. Once you’ve got your results you need to let us know what they are. Then we can confirm your place.
Start at Brackenhurst
- We’ll send out all the information you need to start with us in the post at the end of August. We hold an enrolment day in the first week of September. This allows you to get your student ID and start meeting your new friends and tutors.
Just drop us a line – we’re here to help every step of the way. You can email us or give us a call on 0115 848 5299.
Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.
Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on how to apply.
Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.
It’s easy to get here – we’re just a bus ride away from Nottingham city centre
Fees and funding
If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a Level 2 or 3 course
There are no course fees if you’re aged under 19 on 31 August of the year you start your course.
If you are aged 19+ and applying for a Level 2, Level 3 or Access to Higher Education course
If you’re studying your first full Level 3 or Access to Higher Education qualification you may be eligible for free tuition. You will still need to pay the registration fee applicable for your course.
If you are applying for the Level 2 qualification or have already completed a full Level 3 qualification, tuition and registration fees will apply.
To cover the cost of tuition when applying for a Level 3 and Access to Higher Education qualification, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the UK Government. It is easy to apply, your household income is not taken into account and there is no credit check. You will not have to pay anything back until your income is over £25,000.
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Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on fees and funding.