Bicton College

Conservation and Countryside Management Bicton College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Plymouth


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Course summary

TEF Silver

The Cornwall College Group has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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If you are interested in specialising in the management of wildlife and the countryside, this programme can give you the relevant skills to work in the industry.
The programme includes work experience to give you hands-on knowledge and an insight into employment in the sector.
The programme is studied two days a week with a combination of classroom theory sessions and practical sessions in the field, giving experience of wildlife surveying and monitoring skills, and practical conservation techniques. The field sessions are supported by a range of taught sessions, tutorials and seminars; learning in a friendly environment with experts. The programme includes many visits to a wealth of diverse habitats in easy reach of the Bicton campus such as heathlands, woodlands and coastal habitats including sand dunes, estuaries, beaches and rocky shores. You will have the opportunity to carry out an individual piece of research which can be linked to one of the many organisations assisting with this programme. You can also take part in a week-long field course at a siteof conservation interest.
The programme has been designed in close consultation with the conservation industry, making it extremely relevant for those planning a career in conservation and countryside management. Input from staff from the conservation industry will enable you to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.
Possible Progressions (subject to availability)
– BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management final year at Duchy Stoke
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management final year at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Science final year at Plymouth University
Possible Careers
– Senior Warden with Wildlife Trusts
– Countryside Officer with a Local Authority
– Countryside Ranger
– Positions with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and the National Trust
Learner and Pastoral Support
We pride ourselves on our student focused, friendly and supportive environment. Our dedicated support team are available for regular or ad hoc 1:1 learning or pastoral support needs. If you wish to speak to one of our support team at any time throughout the application process, please contact:
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Course details


Current Year 1 Modules -Ecological Survey Techniques - British Countryside - Practical Conservation Skills - Field Botany - Research Skills - Personal & Employability Skills Development - Biodiversity. Current Year 2 Modules - Research Project - Ecology - Environmental Education - Coastal & Freshwater Ecology - Wildlife Identification & Recording - Habitat Management - Conservation Work Placement

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Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applications: We can accept applications from UK/EU nationals who live outside the EU, however The Cornwall College Group is unable to accept applications from non-UK/EU nationals who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK at this time.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points From acceptable level 3 qualifications.
A level At least 32 points must be at A2 level when considered alongside AS levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP In an appropriate subject
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3
Scottish Higher 48 tariff points in appropriate subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, a Science and Mathematics: alternatives at level 2 may be considered.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 48 tariff points in appropriate subjects

If you are a mature student will no formal qualifications, or are unsure if your qualifications meet our requirements, please contact us at: or 01579 372358.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,950 Year 1
EU £8,600 Year 1
International £9,950 Year 1
England £8,600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,600 Year 1
Scotland £8,600 Year 1
Wales £8,600 Year 1

Additional fee information

International applications: We can accept applications from UK/EU nationals who live outside the EU, however The Cornwall College Group is unable to accept applications from non-UK/EU nationals who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK at this time.

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Bicton College
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