Countryside Management and Conservation (FD)

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Key Facts

Code D440
  • Typical A-level offer


  • Course Length

    2 Years

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The Complete University Guide - Agriculture & Forestry Top 10Do you want a job outdoors that seeks to conserve wildlife and helps the public gain access and enjoyment from the countryside? This two year course is geared to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge required to gain employment within countryside organisations such as the National Trust, national parks, the RSPB or county wildlife trusts. 

Here is why you should consider this course: 

  • Aberystwyth University is an industry leader in education and training for countryside careers; 
  • This course will enable you to develop the practical countryside skills such as fencing, dry stone walling and tree planting and work experience as an integral part of the course;
  • The Institute organises regular visits to stunning conservation, wildlife and recreation sites.

Please note that this course will not be available for entry in 2019.

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 93% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)


Why should I study Countryside Management and Conservation at Aberystwyth University?

  • This degree will teach you a range of  practical skills such as fencing, dry stone walling, building stiles, boardwalks, steps and bridge building.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain industry standard certification in areas such as chainsaw, brushcutter, first aid and spraying.
  • Students have the opportunity to undertake six weeks of work experience in between years 1 and 2 within a countryside organisation.
  • Students of this course could proceed and undertake, if academic performance merits it, to progress to the final year BSc Countryside Management or BSc Countryside Conservation and gain a second qualification.

Explore wonderful nature on your doorstep such as:

  •  The Dyfi National Nature Reserve.
  • Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons National Parks in driving distance.
  • Ynys Hir RSPB reserve just up the road (as seen in Springwatch).
  • The Cambrian mountains as a backdrop.
  • Cardigan Bay with its bottle-nosed dolphins.

Want to study in Welsh?

Some of our modules are taught in Welsh as well as English. If you study through the medium of Welsh you may be eligible for a generous bursary.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Students on this course have been very successful in gaining countryside employment for organisations such as the National Trust, National Parks, Wildlife Trusts, local authorities and the RSPB.  Typical jobs include:

  • Conservation officers;
  • Estate Managements;
  • Environmental  education and interpretation officers;
  • Species conservation officers;
  • Wardens and Rangers for countryside sites and wildlife reserves;
  • Environmental consultants.

What will I get from my degree?

Employability is embedded in our teaching. Our students leave Aberystwyth University with the skills including;

• research and data analysis skills;
• enhanced computational skills;
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills;
• a thorough grounding in information technology;
• the ability to work independently;
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
• self-motivation and self-reliance;
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.

Teaching & Learning

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the two year programme

During your two years of Countryside Management and Countryside Conservation you will discover these areas:

  • Ecology;
  • Habitat Management;
  • Species conservation;
  • Visitor Management;
  • Rights of way management;
  • The use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a balanced programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work which will be supplemented by laboratory research and experimentation. You will also work on individual and group tasks.

You will be assessed through essays, practical exercises, survey reports, portfolios, oral presentations and exams.

More Information:

  • You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
  • You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

The Countryside Conservation degree scheme is great for anyone wanting a career in the great outdoors. The variety of modules from agriculture and forestry to sustainable energy and wildlife management encourage you to think of the countryside as a mosaic of landscapes. Fortunately, this mosaic of landscapes is right on the doorstep of Aberystwyth University; and the frequent field trips the course has to offer place you in many different habitats, from wetlands, forest, heathland, organic farms and the fantastic Ynys-las sand dunes. If you have a passion for wildlife and the outdoors I would highly recommend this scheme! Tomos Iwan Jones

I’ve always wanted to work outdoors and in the Countryside. The course gave me a step on the employment ladder to get my first job. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aberystwyth and am glad that I gained the qualification which has enabled me to get the job I’m in now. Dewi - Lead Ranger, Carneddau & Glyderau

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels CC-DDD

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics or a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:
24 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
60% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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