Important Entry Requirement & Application Update
Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.
If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.
Is this course right for me?
Are you looking to start a career in forestry or countryside and environment management? Would you like to develop your skills at an advanced level?
This course builds your knowledge of the sector, including aspects of wildlife, habitats, ecology and conservation. It prepares you to enter a range of careers, including those dealing with countryside organisations, their policy and planning, and their relationships to other bodies like Natural Resources Wales, RSPB and local councils. It also provides a vocational route into Higher Education.
The course is suitable for students progressing from a related Level 2 course, from GCSE achievements, or from prior experience. The course reflects the sector's need for competent, well trained countryside managers. It focuses on hands-on learning, with practical training sessions and work on the extensive Glynllifon estate. You will benefit from the excellent facilities of our campus and the expertise of our staff.
In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:
- 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language and Maths
- A relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit
- Relevant industry experience
As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.
The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:
- Practically based to gain skills in countryside/forestry management techniques.
- Classroom work to develop understanding of management systems and their application.
- Bilingual delivery, with learning materials available in Welsh and English
The Glynllifon site is 750 acres of farm and woodlands, including dairy, sheep, beef and pigs. You will be working with the farm animals, equipment and specialist agricultural resources to gain skills and knowledge in a realistic setting.
The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:
- Portfolio assignments to demonstrate your understanding of some units
- A practical and written synoptic assessment covering a number of units
- External formal examination of core units
Successful completion of the course will give you a range of options. The qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, and many students have progressed into Higher Education to study HNDs, Foundation degrees or Honours degrees.
You will have enhanced your employment options and will have the skills to work at an advanced level. You could also proceed into an Apprenticeship or into employment. You would also have the option of studying a Higher Education course whilst you work.
You will be able to discuss your career and employment options with your personal tutor or the careers guidance team.