Our countryside & conservation courses aim to prepare students for immediate entry to the workplace, through constant contact with industry & development of core skills alongside appropriate knowledge & experiences. We offer NC, HNC, HND, BSc (Hons) & MSc & distance learning options across our campuses at Aberdeen, Ayr, Elmwood & Oatridge (not all campuses offer each level)
HNC Wildlife & Conservation Management at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
The course aims to provide a good understanding of different land uses and their impacts on conservation and wildlife management. Individual topics will investigate factors which have influenced the development of current land use. Candidates will also be introduced to the concept of sustainable land management through a greater awareness of their environment. Candidates will be introduced to the policies and issues which will influence conservation and wildlife management in the future. This one year programme is available at our Aberdeen, Barony, Elmwood & Oatridge Campuses and as an on-line distance learning programme;
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NC Countryside Management at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
This course is designed for anyone interested in a career in any aspect of countryside services, like estate maintenance, environmental projects, or wildlife conservation. It also gives you the skills you need to work with community-based or voluntary countryside and environmental projects. You'll learn about conservation management and sustainability, ecology and wildlife identification, habitat protection and access to the countryside. You'll also learn a variety of skills you can use in any working environment, like good communication and team as well as communication and team working skills. This one year programme is available at our Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge campuses;
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HND Wildlife & Conservation Management at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
Following successful completion of the HNC students can progress to HND level. This course is designed to develop your ecological and environmental knowledge and make sure you have a solid understanding of the principles of conservation and wildlife management. You'll develop core skills around working with geographic information systems and data handling. You'll also study ethical and professional issues relating to current codes of practice. This two year programme is available at our Aberdeen and Barony campuses;
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BSc (Hons) Wildlife & Conservation Management at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
Biodiversity conservation, species and habitat identification, visitor management and land use are all included in this dynamic, hands-on course taught by enthusiastic professionals with direct experience in the land based industries. The course offers flexibility, allowing you to choose modules to suit your particular aspirations, and you’ll put the knowledge you gain to good use though real-life scenarios and case studies. This course attracts students of many different ages, backgrounds, and future aspirations. What they all have in common is an interest in studying this unique mix of biodiversity, conservation ecology and people management topics. This is a four year programme and the degree is awarded by the University of Glasgow and is available at our Aberdeen and Barony campuses;
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MSc Wildlife & Conservation Management at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
This programme encompasses a broad range of topics and land uses ranging from conservation management to rural land use planning and interpretation to land-use history. Applications are accepted from those either with or without specifically related previous qualifications - previous students have included graduates of History, Education, Business Management and Engineering, as well as Biological and Natural Sciences. Non-graduate entrants have included students with significant experience in aspects such as countryside rangering, town & country planning and ecology. The MSc/PgDip/PgCert Wildlife and Conservation Management is awarded by the University of Glasgow. This is an on-line distance learning programme which can be completed over a maximum of six years;
Certificate in Forestry - 1 year at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
This programme is for those interested in working in arboriculture and forestry and introduces students to a broad range of subjects including: Chainsaw Operations, Tree Identification and Introduction to Forest Harvesting.
Advanced Certificate in Forestry ( Arboriculture or Forest Mechanisation) 1 year at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
Admission to this programme normally follows successful completion of the 1 year certificate in forestry programme and allows students to specialise in their chosen field, modules include: Forest Ecology, Pests and Diseases of Trees and application of pesticides.
HNC Forestry (Forestry or Urban Forestry) 1 year at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
This courses allows you to specialise in Forestry or Urban Forestry and modules include Arboricultural Operations, Nursery Production, Forest Science and Amenity Tree Management. This course is a progression from the Advanced Certificate in Forestry.