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Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, we were the first college to introduce a Conservation Plan for our estate.
Much of the estate is managed under the Environment Stewardship land management scheme, and our work alongside Natural England has enhanced local wildlife habits offering students many opportunities to gain practical experience and training in habitat management and conservation.
Our partnerships and close links with a number of leading organisations include The National Trust, which chose us for its flagship Careership training programme, The Forestry Commission, Cheshire Councils’ Countryside Services, Wirral Ranger Services, and local wildlife trusts and fisheries.
Level 3 qualification in relevant subject or industry experience
Part-time: 3 years
This part-time course provides students with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in countryside management. It is a popular career change choice as well as for those wishing to progress to a higher level in their countryside role. Students will study ecology, environmental education and interpretation, recreation and visitor management and a wide range of habitat management topics – resulting in a broad and balanced understanding of the countryside management industry.
The course features:
- Practical input valued by employers
- Evening study particularly suits job change
- Modules studied one at a time
- Field trips on Saturdays to support learning
- Industrially experienced staff
- Contextualised and relevant modules
- Proven track record of progression into employment.
What will I study?
FdSc Countryside Resource Management is designed for career changers with an interest in conservation and countryside management.
The course is comprised of 16 modules spread over 3 years of study, all of which are compulsory.
- Academic Skills Development
- Organism Identification
- Ecological Science
- Management of British Habitats
- Work Based Learning 1
- Practical Task Management
- Conservation Agriculture
- Ecological Survey Techniques
- Woodland Resource Management
- Work Based Project 1
- Game Management
- Interpreting the Environment
- Visitor Management
- Environmental Issues
- Integrated Environmental Management
- Work Based Project 2
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course:
Year 1: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 159 hours
Placement: 100 hours
Independent Study: 491 hours
Year 2: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 152 hours
Independent Study: 598 hours
Year 3: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 188 hours
Independent Study: 712 hours
There are typically 12 students in a group.
Percentage of course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
18% written exams
24% written exams
30% written exams
Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided four working weeks after the submission date. If for unforeseen reasons this is not possible, the reasons will be communicated to the students within 2 weeks and the feedback prioritised within the department.
Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.
The taught days will be provided at the start of September, with the detailed timetable being available in induction week.
In Work Based Learning 1 students complete a minimum of 100 hours voluntary work in the land based sector. This is compulsory and is required to complete the unit.
Students are responsible for finding their own volunteering opportunities. This is not done as a discrete block but rather to fit in with work and study commitments. Guidance is offered on suitability of different types of volunteering and opportunities are advertised on Moodle and in regular update sessions through the academic year. In the past this has included work with the Wildlife Trusts, National Trust, The Conservation Volunteers and local Friends of Groups.
Students are encouraged to share their experiences which leads to some people collaborating. The only costs incurred are travel to and from the respective sites.
- A minimum of 64 UCAS points
- A Levels preferably including Biology (or related subject)
- Or BTEC Level 3 (2 years) qualification at Merit in relevant subject
- Access to HE Diploma
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis and substantial work experience will be considered, as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications.
- Following completion of this course you may study an additional top-up year in the area of countryside and the environment.
- These may include a career for The Wildlife Trust, RSPB, National Trust or The Environment Agency
- Countryside ranger
- Conservation officer
- Community engagement officer
- Wildlife warden
- Project officer
- Recreation management.
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our part-time tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in either 2017/18 or 2018/19 are £3,750. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
tudents will need to purchase their own waterproofs, steel toe-capped boots for and practicals.
Reading lists are provided for each module studied and some students chose to purchase key texts.
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before the 31st July 2018. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for part-time courses should be made directly to University Centre Reaseheath. When you have chosen your course, complete our online Part-Time Application Form.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our Higher Education Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.
The flexibility of the course allowed me to work full time whilst studying, which was invaluable as I took the plunge with a career change.