Foundation degrees 2024/25

Sustainable Land Management (QA only), FdSc (Plumpton College)

Through a combination of practical, classroom based and independent learning, this course creates a suite of learning that will be of benefit to anyone working in the conservation, land-management.

This degree course will give you the tools to analyse and assess the ecosystem health of a wide range of UK habitats and the skills to deliver practical, realistic and achievable management plans within a financially viable framework that recognises the needs and requirements of all interested parties.

During the course you will learn the practical skills of estate management and also of maintaining and enhancing a wide range of UK habitats, including the use of livestock to achieve this.  You will learn a suite of survey techniques that will enable you to assess and monitor habitat quality to a range of UK standards.   You will investigate the legislation and practises around current UK conservation and potential schemes such as the new Environmental Land Management scheme.  Business management skills including an understanding of funding schemes are a vital skill for new land managers along with people management and digital mapping software– something industry informs us is also an essential requirement.

Your studies will involve you carrying out two focussed studies enabling you to develop key areas of interest, 300 hours of work experience and will comprise practical, classroom and independent study.  Course content is industry and students led, comprising the skills and knowledge the land management industry needs looking forward


UCAS points

56 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

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Plumpton College


2 years full-time

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Home/international fees 2024/25


What you should know about this course

  • Develop a thorough knowledge and practical understanding of current land management techniques and principles and be able to evaluate and apply these appropriately
  • Investigate and evaluate new skills, competencies emerging in the land and aquatic habitat management, with particular reference to changing funding and industry opportunities
  • Communicate accurately, confidently, and appropriately to a variety of audiences using a range of formats and employing appropriate technical language
  • Identify and work towards personal, academic and career targets including the development appropriate management skills
  • The course is offered by one of the university's partner colleges: Plumpton College, based at Lewes, East Sussex.

What you will study

Validated / Quality Assured (QA) Programmes: these are programmes approved (‘validated’) and quality assured by the University of Greenwich for delivery by one of our Partner Colleges. They lead to a University of Greenwich award.


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

We are an experienced team of academic and industry professionals who maintain professional knowledge and skills through industry engagement and by completing Continual Professional Development.

Entry requirements

If you are

Typical Offer: 56 Points

Qualifications: two A-Levels/Extended Diploma/Access to HE

We consider a wide range of Level 3 qualifications with UCAS Tariff points, specifically:

A-Level: two subjects (CD) and must include one in a STEM-related subject.

BTEC National: Extended Diploma (MPP) in relevant subject, for example Countryside Management.

International Baccalaureate: 24 Points overall.

Access to HE: 56 Points

We also consider applicants with relevant industrial experience if over 21 years of age.

We expect a minimum of five GCSE’s, including Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system).

Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS at 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact

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Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students.

For more information, contact the HE Office (

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Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*

* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.


In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Learning will take place in a wide range of locations; from classroom to coast, field to farm. The course is designed to appeal to a wide range of land-based learners and some modules will be shared with peers from Agriculture, Horticulture or Animal Management courses. Whilst these class sizes are larger, this also offers the student the opportunity to broaden the base of their knowledge, seeing how other industries interpret and utilise the same knowledge.

Independent learning

Students are also encouraged to undertake their own personal study. Whilst this enables the student to pursue their own areas of interest, this time also sets the foundation for a future of lifetime learning - an essential in the rapidly evolving land-based industries.

Overall workload

You should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job.Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.


Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments taken at the college and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, contact the HE office (

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Field trips
The cost of field trips is activity dependant. Some are free, while others may require a contribution. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.

Course texts and other study resources are available from Library. You may wish to purchase your own copies. You receive a small allowance for printing costs, which you can top up if required.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Students go to a range of companies and organisations of varying sizes for their placements, including large multi-national firms, government agencies, the National Trust and small to medium sized companies engaged in service provision, analytical services and land-based management activities.

Previous students have worked in: National Trust Nymans and Sheffield Park, Ashdown Forest Conservators, Wildlife Trusts, South Downs National Parks, Brighton and Hove City Councils.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates pursue careers in land management and roles where sound environmental understanding is key to successful outcomes. This may range from Ecology through to Policy Management and Implementation, Water and habitat quality monitoring to estate management, Researcher to Ranger-type roles, Biodiversity Net Gain monitors and implementers to environmental educators. This is a rapidly growing market and the range of roles available develops rapidly, many of which and respond to industry need and developments.  An exciting time to become employed in any role which necessitates care of land in a manner that benefits the environment and societies that depend on it.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a dedicated team to search for and inform students about relevant opportunities and help students prepare for interviews.

Further guidance on careers and placements will be available from the programme team at Plumpton College. We offer impartial careers guidance to all of our students, email to explore your next step or to book an appointment – we’re here to help.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

The College’s Inclusive Learning and Development Department offers dedicated support for HE students, this can take the form of one-to-one support, exam access arrangements. Students who have a learning disability are able to access support with making an application to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) from the College’s Inclusive Learning and Development Department.

Support from the department

The Library boasts a collection of over 8,000 books, covering a range of key subject areas within land-based curriculum. The Library also provides students with access to a variety of magazines, periodicals and academic journals through online databases.

Learning technology is central to the learning experience of students at Plumpton College and therefore is supported by dedicated staff within the College Teaching and Learning Team. The responsibilities of this team are to help support students with learning technology to enhance the overall learning experience.

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Apply now

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.