This introductory course aims to give you a solid understanding of the conservation and ecology of the British countryside and environment.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance.
Lesson 1 – Biology of the tree; ecology of woodlands; man’s impact on woodlands
Lesson 2 – Hedgerows and verges. Management and maintenance; types of hedgerows
Lesson 3 – Conservation and ecology of wetlands. Study of wetland area
Lesson 4 – Conservation and ecology of heathlands. History of heathlands
Lesson 5 – Conservation and ecology of the seashore. Seaweed zonation
Lesson 6 – Access to the countryside. Rights of way; common land, problems with access
Lesson 7 – Brief history of agriculture; organic control methods, agriculture and habitat
Lesson 8 – Towards a sustainable society (1). Conservation and the search for alternatives
Lesson 9 – Towards a sustainable society (2). The urban fringe; wildlife in urban areas
Lesson 10 – Conclusions, perspective and a directory
Successfully complete this course and you will achieve the HCC Certificate*.
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
Throughout your training, you will be able to ask questions, receive feedback and further develop your knowledge by contacting our experienced tutors by phone or email.
You do not need previous knowledge or experience of conservation or ecology to enrol on this course.
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
Successfully complete this course and:
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting
ABC Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture
ABC Level 2 Certificate in Forestry
The HCC Certificate in Arboriculture
The HCC Diploma in Arboriculture
To enrol, you can either: