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Diploma | 3 Year | NQF 6 (364 credits) | SAQA ID 62690

More About The Nature Management Programme

The Nature Management Diploma is a three year study programme that is designed to equip students with knowledge of and competence in the field of Nature Management. Students are trained to be knowledgeable, capable game rangers, field guides and game farm managers. 


Students will contribute to the economic potential of our country’s natural resources and wildlife in a responsible, sustainable manner. We aim to produce well rounded, trained individuals who can make a positive contribution to society. 


After successful completion of the Nature Management Diploma, students will be able to independently carry out essential tasks, make decisions and solve problems in the fields of

game farm management, conservation management, nature reserve management and in the management of natural areas.

The Nature Management Programme Is Ideal For...

Individuals who:

  • feels passionate for South Africa’s incredibly rich natural heritage and wants to pursue a career in which they can contribute to protecting and managing this heritage
  • wants to be involved in managing game ranches and nature reserves
  • are involved in nature conservation and wants to obtain a formal qualification

Admission Requirements For Nature Management

NSC (Gr 12) with entrance to Diploma studies National Certificate (Vocational) with the minimum requirements for entrance to Diploma studies, as specified by UMALUSI with a minimum of 40% in the language of instruction AS WELL AS 40% in Mathematics or 70% in Mathematical Literacy

PLUS

a minimum of 40% in the following subjects: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences

OR

  • 40% in 2 of the subjects above and 50% in any 1 other subject (excluding Life Orientation),

OR

  • 40% in 1 of the subjects above and 50% in any 2 other subjects (excluding Life Orientation),

OR

  • 50% in any 3 other subjects (excluding Life Orientation),

OR

  • a Higher Certificate in Nature Management (60% average & selection interview),

OR

  • a Higher Certificate in Nature Management PLUS 7 months Experience based learning

OR

  • 16 months of appropriate work experience and a selection interview

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Students receive the opportunity throughout the first two years to apply their theoretical knowledge practically. Students attend various camps and excursions where practical assessments are done to ensure students have a thorough understanding of their work. 


This also gives students the opportunity to build relationships with various role players in the industry. In the third year students spend 10 months on a game ranch or nature reserve of their choice, where they are required to complete various assignments. This forms part of their work-integrated learning.

Nature Management Career Opportunities

  • Game Ranch Manager
  • Game Capture & Transport
  • Game Ranger
  • Animal Rehabilitation and Breeding
  • Nature & Wildlife Guide
  • Nature Conservationist

Curriculum Includes The Following Subjects

Year 1
  • Animal Studies
  • Veld Management
  • Ecology
  • Game Ranch Management
  • Conservation Communication
  • Biology
  • Conservation Development
  • Soil Science
Year 2
  • Veld Management
  • Animal Studies
  • Animal Health
  • Conservation Development
  • Conservation Communication
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Statistics
  • Resort Management
Year 3
  • Veld Management
  • Animal Studies
  • Game Ranch Management
  • Human Dimension
  • Workplace-based Learning
 

Compulsory Extras

  • Field Guide (FGASA)
  • First Aid (Level 1)

Optional Extras

  • Professional Hunter
  • Snake Identification and Handling
  • 4x4 Driving

Practical Component


Nature Management is offered as a:

  • Full Time Programme

Nature Management is offered at:

Centurion, Klerksdorp, Tygervalley,