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Myersc 657
Myersc 657

City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management

City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management

About the course

The College offers opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of Land and Wildlife Management encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students. The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises.

The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to proceed to higher education or employment as habitat managers, estate workers and local authority conservation officer wardens and ecologists.

Course modules

Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (1080) – Year 2

Use of Firearms in the Environmental and Land Based Sector

Game route

Aquatics Eco System

Countryside route

Ecology of Gamebird Species

Game route

Shoot Management

Game route

Principles of Physical and Biological Environmental Processes

Woodland Habitat Management

Coastal Management

Countryside route

Deer Management

Ecological Concepts and Application

Countryside route

Game Bird Production

Game route

Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector

Fishery Management

Environmental Interpretation in the Land Based Sector

Countryside route

Advanced Technical Diploma (540) – Year 1

Pest and Predator Control

Undertake Estate skills

Heathland Habitat Management

Fresh Water and Wetland Management

Farm Habitat Management

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

Year 1

Year 2

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are:

Advanced Technical Diploma (540) – Year 1

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science

Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (1080) – Year 2

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science

Additional Entry Requirements:

Applicants are expected to show a strong commitment to the industry and ideally, have some practical work experience prior to starting the course.

Learning and assessment

Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of practical assessment of skills and written assignments marked internally by the teaching team, together with externally marked examinations that combine the knowledge of all mandatory units. The assessments and exams are spread throughout the course of the year.

Outstanding Learning Environment:

  • 1,000 acre college estate featuring farmland, woodland, wetlands and 1.5 miles of the River Brock
  • Dedicated four hectare countryside management area
  • Purpose built Countryside ‘Rural Skills’ teaching centre with state of the art facilities
  • Several well stocked fishing lakes
  • Defra registered fish farm
  • Comprehensive field study equipment
  • Excellent links with external agencies


Upon successful completion, you may have an opportunity to progress to a Foundation or Full Degree programme.

Myerscough is one of the UK’s largest land-based and sports colleges, offering degrees in more than 20 exciting subjects, working in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire. We are proud to be amongst the top UK institutions in the sector for student satisfaction - helped by exceptional resources and a unique countryside location. Our QAA Higher Education Review puts us amongst the top institutions in the country for quality learning opportunities and good practice teaching. We are very proud that 97% of Myerscough degree students progress to further study or employment.


Employment opportunities include countryside ranger, reserve warden and work with organisations such as RSPB, Environment Agency, local wildlife trusts, estate manager, gundog trainer, game farmer, gamekeeper, pest controller, deer manager and Local Authorities.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Steel toe-capped boots or wellington boots – approx. £25

Protective overalls – approx. £25

Waterproof coat and leggings – approx. £50

Work experience

Students will gain work experience on the College Farm and will also be required to undertake an external work experience placement. This is a core element of the course and ensures that all learners are able to put their skills into practice within the workplace. Employers will complete an evaluation of each learner in the work placement to contribute to the assessment of that unit. Support is available to find a suitable placement and placements are checked prior to work experience commencing.

Students examine the latest brood of hatchlings
Students examine the latest brood of hatchlings

Countryside Studies

The management of land for the conservation of flora and fauna, general recreation, environmental education and urban regeneration requires a blend of skills. These include an understanding of ecological principles, a sound knowledge of management and the practical ability to carry out conservation techniques – from river catchment systems to rural and coastal habitats.

Many job opportunities exist within the conservation, gamekeeping and commercial sectors, and as part of your progamme you will have the opportunity to develop countryside craft skills such as hedgelaying and drystone walling, useful for a range of future careers.