Level 3 – Environmental Conservation

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

This qualification gives you the opportunity to study a range of specialist technical practical skills and knowledge that build upon the core skills required for conservation of our countryside and related natural resources. Your study will cover key elements of woodland habitat management, develop your knowledge of sustainable land management, including practical conversation and habitat management techniques.

Entry Requirements


at grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) or above to include two from English, Maths and Science, with at least a grade 2 (old GCSE grade E) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

Areas of study:

  • Principles of health and safety
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the land-based industries
  • Land based industry machinery operations
  • Population surveys, ecology and conservation



  • Countryside recreation
  • Undertake estate skills
  • Woodland habitat management
  • Urban habitat conservation
  • Farm habitat management
  • Undertake a specialist projects in the land-based sector

Four GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject.


Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Upon successful completion of this course this qualification will give you some of the skills and knowledge that can lead to specific roles required by employers in the land and wildlife industries including working in the forestry, estate worker, groundsman or moving onto the T Level Technical Qualification in Agriculture, Land Management and Production Level 3 – Tree and woodland management and maintenance.

Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

There is a requirement to complete 150 hours of work placement (work experience) with an industry-related organisation. More details can be provided at the interview.



Our Employability Team is available to help you get started. Students often look for a placements with organisations such as conservation organisations National Parks , wildlife charities – RSPB etc

Students must pay for their own PPE, but we provide specialist equipment.




Cost for students under 19 Free for students over the age of 19

  • York Campus

    York is one of the College's two residential campuses and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

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