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Animal, equine and countryside - BTEC Extended Diploma in Countryside Management level 3 at Kirklees College, Huddersfield Centre

Course description

Conservation of our environment and our
wildlife is more important than ever before with
the concerns that human impact has on our
world. You will carry out surveys in woodlands,
rivers, ponds, peat bogs,farms and learn about
the our native wildlife and their habitats in much
more detail than covered on the level 2 course,
equipping you for a ranger job in the future.
You will learn to be responsible for maintaining
the infrastructure of a Country Park or National
Park and learn fencing, path construction and
maintenance, hedge laying, gate and stile
construction and pond or river maintenance.
If you want to go into a conservation or
environmental career and progress into the
organisations directly or go onto a university
education in these areas, this course is for you.

Course content

You will study 10 mandatory units:

  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Plant and soil science
  • Countryside recreation and business
  • Work experience in land-based sectors
  • Estate skills
  • Managing environmental habitats
  • Woodland management
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Land-based machinery operations
  • Countryside recreation

You will also study 4 of 12 optional units, including:

  • Countryside recreation
  • Identification, planting and care of trees
  • Water quality management
  • Tree felling and chainsaw safety
  • Freshwater and wetland management

The course involves a work placement.  You could, for example, work as a countryside ranger volunteer at a country park, the RSPB, the National Trust or the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust where you will gain a valuable insight into what the job entails.  These work placements will help raise your profile in the conservation organisations and our students have often gained work directly from these.

For both level 2 and level 3 courses we offer the opportunity for a week-long field trip.  In the past we have been to Dorset, southern Ireland, Hadrian's Wall, the Lake District and Robin Hood's Bay.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades:

English and maths at 4 or above, and 3 other GCSE’s grade C or above


• A minimum of five GCSEs grade A*-C including English language, and maths at
grade D or above, or
• A level 2 qualification at overall merit grade, English at level 2, and maths at level 1.


With tutorials, orals, written assignments and practical work.

Financial information

As a full time student you should not need to pay any course or examination fees (under 19).

There may be a cost for equipment, educational visits, printing etc.

Future opportunities

What’s next?
Higher National Diploma in Countryside
Management at university.
Career prospects
You could enter employment in the field of
landscaping and conservation.
For both level 2 and 3 courses, we offer the
opportunity for a week long field trip. In the
past we have been to Dorset, Southern Ireland,
Hadrian’s Wall, the Lake District and Robin
Hood’s Bay.

Further information
01484 437070

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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