Are you inspired by the natural environment? Do you feel a responsibility to maintain it for the wellbeing of future generations?
The UK provides a diverse range of natural habitats and wildlife species – many of which are at risk from the effects of climate change and the impact of environmental issues. If you believe in safeguarding our environment and share a desire to educate others – we can help you to make your mark.
Our countryside and conservation courses will prepare you for a variety of careers in the UK and further afield. You will gain the skills you require through fully integrated modules where theory is applied with fieldwork experience in a range of settings.
If you are looking to change your career or if you are returning to education, we offer flexible study routes including part-time courses and evening classes.
Our courses are popular with career changers and those looking to develop their skills in countryside management
Industry focused, career ready…
Our experienced staff will help you to develop your knowledge in all aspects of countryside management including surveying, data monitoring and species identification. Study tours, visits and field trips will provide you with essential hands-on experience.
You will undertake a relevant industry placement as part of your work-based learning modules and you could gain experience through our close links with local authorities, businesses and organisations such as the Forestry Commission, Groundworks Trust, Tatton Park and Lyme Park.
The contacts you build during your placement could lead to employment or volunteering opportunities.
Where could your degree take you?
An environmental degree is your gateway to many exciting career pathways. There is demand for skilled graduates in the areas of environmental science, ecology and habitat restoration, while the sector has a growing need for talented educators.
Many of our graduates progress into industry and work for local councils, authorities and charitable trusts.
Here are just some of the careers available in this sector:
- Environmental educator
- Recreation manager
- Conservation and habitat manager
- Community engagement officer
- Project officer
- Land manager
Where will you be studying?
Set in 330-hectares of Cheshire countryside, our campus is the ideal facility for the study of countryside management and conservation.
With access to woodland, parkland, lakes, rivers and streams, agricultural land and an arboretum, you will undertake research projects and fieldwork onsite.
Our estate is managed under the Environmental Stewardship land management scheme and you will learn how to enhance and manage habitats to attract wildlife species.
The location of our campus also provides you with easy access to areas of outstanding natural beauty including the Peak District, the Lake District, Wales and a range of coastal habitats.
Your University Centre Reaseheath Experience
Your learning experience is important to us. You will be studying in small seminar groups with like-minded others and your tutors will be on-hand to support you throughout your undergraduate career and beyond.
Make the most of your time with us by joining domestic and international study tours as part of your field science modules and develop your social skills and employability through a range of volunteering opportunities. Volunteering is a powerful addition to your CV and will demonstrate your commitment to future employers.
You can also gain industry recognised qualifications* in addition to your core studies in skills such as spraying, chainsaw handing and chipper operations.