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Advanced Certificate in Tropical Habitat Conservation

BTEC Advanced Certificate in Tropical Habitat Conservation

The BTEC Advanced Certificate in Tropical Habitat Conservation incorporates the training and participatory learning already experienced by all volunteers on the Frontier expeditions but adds depth to your experience by actively building your research and fieldwork skills under the close supervision of professional field staff.

To complete the BTEC you'll fill in a daily work diary and complete various evidence sheets documenting the skills you learn in the field. All elements are completed in the field.

This qualification is available for volunteer Research Assistants on 4 week, or longer, group research projects. The syllabus comprises of 180 guided learning hours and the Advanced BTEC Certificate is a level 3 qualification, the same level as an A-Level.

This qualification covers 4 units:

  1. Maintain environmental good practice
  2. Work effectively
  3. Monitor & record environmental change
  4. Prepare & conduct field surveys

What extra work will I do on the project to gain a BTEC certificate?

Your BTEC qualification will be assessed by your mentors in the field wherever possible while you are participating on the work of the project. Assessments include a log-book and practical assessments during the project. Full training on what to expect and a student handbook will be provided by our staff prior to the project. This is distributed at the briefing weekend, which we strongly recommend you attend (though there is provision for those candidates who are not able to do so).

How difficult is a BTEC Advanced Certificate to pass?

The basis of a BTEC qualification is to demonstrate competence. Our staff have been trained to think laterally to identify how you are competent at a task – we want you to succeed! However you will need to successfully complete the assessments, including the log-book and practical assessments.

Conditions for enrolment in BTEC Advanced Certificate in Tropical Habitat Conservation

For Research Assistants participating in a BTEC qualification in the first 10 weeks of your 20-week placement, you need to fill out the enrolment form in your online area and payment is due at least 2 weeks before the relevant briefing weekend.

If you want to complete the BTEC qualification during your second 10-week slot, the enrolment form and payment must be completed at least 2 weeks before the start date of the second half.

Should you need to withdraw your enrolment to this course, you will be refunded of 50% of the BTEC fee if you notify Frontier's London HQ of your withdrawal in writing no less than 35 days prior to the project start date.

No refund will be given if you withdraw from the BTEC course less than 35 days prior to the project start date.