Do you want a job outdoors that seeks to conserve wildlife and helps the public gain access and enjoyment from the countryside? Then this is the course for you. This two year Foundation Degree scheme in Countryside Management and Conservation is geared to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge required to gain work for countryside organisations such as the National Trust, national parks, the RSPB or county wildlife trusts. Here is why you should consider this course. - Firstly, we are the industry leader in education and training for countryside careers and have an enviable track record of getting students into countryside related employment such as: Conservation Officers; Estate Management; Environmental education and Interpretation officers; Wardens and Rangers for countryside sites and wildlife reserves. - Secondly, you will develop a range of practical countryside skills such as fencing, dry stone walling and tree planting. - Thirdly, a period of work experience between years one and two forms an integral part of the course. - Last but not least, you will also have regular visits to visits to stunning conservation, wildlife and recreation sites as well as a residential field trip. In between your second and third year, you will have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement within a countryside organisation. In the 2017 National Student Survey, Aberystwyth University scored top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). Studying at Aberystwyth University will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to explore nature on our doorstep. Nearby to the University's campus, students can explore the Dyfi National Nature Reserve, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons National parks. Our location will allow you to explore careers in the countryside sector, but also equip you with the core skills that employers are seeking, making the transition between campus to career a smooth one. 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). Students of this course will have the opportunity, if academic performance merits it, to progress to the final year BSc Countryside Management or BSc Countryside Conservation and gain a second qualification.