Our Programme

What will you study at the AEL?

Conservation Ecology is a multi-disciplinary and integrated field that has to do with the protection and maintenance of the environment, habitat threats and the control thereof, sustainable utilisation of land, water and other natural resources. The academic programme also includes fieldwork and lab work. The student will gain knowledge on specific elements of Biology, Ecology, Soil Science, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences and Environmental Legislation. You will study climate processes, water pollution, types and sources of pollution, and waste management. All of this and the emphasis placed on personal development will culminate in conservation leadership for tomorrow.

Accreditation

The Academy for Environmental Leadership (Pty) Ltd is a Private Higher Education Institution. We are proud to offer qualifications that are accredited, registered and quality assured according to regulatory requirements set out by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The Academy for Environmental leadership SA (Pty) Ltd is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2024 as a private higher education institution under the Act Registration certificate No.2021/HE07/003.

Registration Certificate No. 2021/HE07/003, issued in terms of section 54(4)(c) of the Act, certifies that The Academy for Environmental Leadership (Pty) Ltd is registered to offer the following programme in accordance with the criteria for providing higher education outlines in section 1 of the Act at the approved site listed below:

Higher Certificate in Conservation Ecology

  • NQF Level: 5
  • Minimum Credits: 120
  • Mode: Contact
  • Site: Uizip Campus, N14 National Road, Upington, 8800

The Academy for Environmental Leadership (Pty) Ltd is accredited by the South African Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) (South Africa) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

The Academy for Environmental Leadership (Pty) Ltd is registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and our qualifications are recorded nationally and internationally through SAQA. 

Where applicable, qualifications are registered, recognised or endorsed by the relevant professional bodies.

A closer look at the modules

Master oral and written communication skills to effectively convey the message and principles of conservation to the wider public. Learn to communicate the plight of biological diversity to governments and the wider public.

Extra-curricular activities

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Fieldcraft

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Tracking

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Personal development

An important component of personal development is balancing academics with meaningful and adventurous extra-curricular activities. It is a fact that a major portion of student development is through structured non-academic activities. Students are in the privileged position to do practical short courses in First Aid as well as Fieldcraft & Tracking. We also offer an extended academic tour to bring the academic side of the training in line with the practice by visiting inter alia nature reserves with exceptional biomes, farms, an abalone farm and a mine.

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Eat

Three tasty and nutritious meals are served daily, freshly prepared by our well trained kitchen staff, right from the convenience of our on-site fully equipped kitchen. *Special dietary needs can be accommodated by prior arrangement*

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Sleep

Our campus accommodation is offered in comfortable, fully furnished rooms with separate, clean and regularly serviced ablution facilities.

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Learn

All theoretical modules are presented in our air-conditioned lecture hall, whilst the more practical modules are either completed in the vast natural habitat of our 24ha campus, through study excursions to nearby locations, or during our annual educational tour, which is always the highlight of the year.

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Play

Students can enjoy this breathtaking campus oasis with its abundance of open space and rolling lawns while taking part in social sports and other activities such as fishing in the river, rowing, or relaxing around a crackling fire in the open braai area. A well-equipped gym, games & tv room, and an Olympic sized swimming pool further complement our campus’ recreational facilities.

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